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Attorney Vanessa Fluker

Save Detroit – Save Our Homes

The campaign to “Save Detroit—Save Our Homes” (flyer attached) will soon have a chance to put our case directly before Mel Watt, the new director of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac– the federally operated mortgage giants that own two-thirds of all mortgages in the United States.

Watt was nominated by President Obama and confirmed over Republican opposition last December. Under his predecessor, Fannie and Freddie foreclosed on thousands of Detroit families who should have gotten assistance to keep them in their homes. Fannie and Freddie have declared moratoriums on foreclosures and evictions in areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and we need the same emergency assistance here, where a “Hurricane Without Water” has devastated Detroit’s tax base and forced the city into bankruptcy.

Attorney Vanessa Fluker - foreclosure/eviction legal defense
Attorney Vanessa Fluker – foreclosure/eviction legal defense

Our call for a moratorium on foreclosures and principal reduction to keep people in their homes has been endorsed by 70 organizations from across the city, including community groups, unions, faith-based organizations, and 30 neighborhood associations (list of endorsers attached). The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is arranging for a meeting with Watt, and our coalition will be represented at the upcoming gathering in Washington.

In the meantime, we’ll be taking our case to Detroit’s Congressional representatives this coming Wednesday, March 12, 11am – noon, as part of a national effort coordinated by the Home Defenders League and Occupy Our Homes. If you want to join our delegation or add your organization’s name to our list of endorsers, contact us via UAW Local 600 at 313-429-5009, or email detroitevictiondefense@gmail.com. For background info, go to http://detroitevictiondefense.org/

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Jennifer Britt — Update: 24-Aug-2012

There is positive news since yesterday’s update, which reported that Fannie Mae had offered Jennifer Britt a two-year lease agreement at $785 a month. While this was a positive step away from Fannie Mae’s previous refusal to consider anything except eviction, it also fell short of the offer Southwest Housing Solutions had made to buy the house and keep Jennifer and her family in their home under a buy-back agreement. Jennifer made a counter-offer on Tuesday that would provide a path to ownership of the home she and her family have lived in since 1999.

Today, a few hours before the weekly meeting of the Eviction Defense Committee, the lawyer for Fannie Mae contacted Jennifer’s attorney and agreed to continue negotiations on the counter-offer. As a first step, Fannie Mae will conduct a formal appraisal of the property. During the vigil, Fannie Mae had directed one of its real estate contractors to conduct a “Broker Price Opinion” of Jennifer’s house, which amounted to little more than a drive-by appraisal. Fannie Mae will now conduct a formal walk-through appraisal as a first step towards a possible settlement that restores Jennifer’s ownership of the home in which she and her late husband invested over $100,000.

It is a tentative victory for Jennifer and a testament to her courage and strength in resisting the greed-driven agenda of Flagstar Bank and its co-conspirator, Fannie Mae. The Eviction Defense Committee of Occupy and the Rosedale Park community can take pride in what we’ve helped Jennifer accomplish so far. We have, for the time being, won a small skirmish in a larger war that is still going against us. While negotiations continue, the anti-eviction vigil we sustained for nearly a month is suspended.

Hope to see you at the rally at 3 pm Friday the 24th at the Federal Building, Michigan Avenue and Cass, calling for Congressional hearings in Detroit on Fannie Mae’s support for bank profiteering at the expense of homeowners. At 4pm we’ll march to the City-County Building to protest the same banks-before-people agenda that privileges debt servicing over city services.

Jennifer Britt Hansen Clarke Joe McGuire

Jennifer Britt Eviction Defense Continues

Jennifer Britt Hansen Clarke Joe McGuire
Jennifer Britt, Rep. Hansen Clarke, Joe McGuire

OccupyDetroit’s Eviction Defense Working Group continue their vigil, now in its third week of twelve hour days (6AM – 6PM), to prevent the eviction of Jennifer Britt from her home of twenty years at 15701 Warwick in the Rosedale section of Detroit.

After Representative Hansen Clarke (with support from Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow) requested a stay of eviction, Fannie Mae granted one, but will not answer inquiries as to how long it will be in effect.

All are urged to call Fannie Mae’s nearest regional office in Chicago (312-368-6200), and insist that they suspend their writ of eviction, and negotiate a fair mortgage for Jennifer Britt, or at least allow Southwest Detroit housing solutions to purchase the house and sell it back to Ms. Britt as they have repeatedly offered to do. Fannie Mae’s twitter account is: @FMServicing — tweet them often, and urge them to negotiate. Their mailing address is: 1 South Wacker Drive #1400  Chicago, IL 60606 — write to them via snail mail, too.

Jennifer Britt currently holds down two jobs, and possesses the means to make reasonable mortgage payments based on the fair market value of her home. Both FlagStar Bank and Fannie Mae have repeatedly refused to negotiate at all with Ms. Britt, let alone discuss what might be termed reasonable.

On Tuesday, 14-Aug, Occupy Detroit’s Choir Group will be singing at 5pm on the front lawn at Jennifer Britt’s home. Bring your lawn chair and a dish to pass around! We’ll have hot dogs and beans on hand, and will provide an update on Jennifer’s fight to secure her home.

Info:  DetroitEvictionDefense@gmail.com

Send an e-mail and let the Eviction Defense team know when you can join the vigil. All will be welcomed. (And there is no requirement that you be willing to be arrested — just stand aside if the police arrive and you will not be detained.)

Read a detailed update here: http://moratorium-mi.org/update-on-jennifer-britt-maintain-the-vigil-continue-calling-fannie-mae/