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Ten Steps for Avoiding Foreclosure

 by Danielle Maestretti


Tags: Politics, housing market, foreclosures, ACORN, The Nation,

Foreclosure signThe Nation worked with ACORN to develop a handy list of ten things you can do to avoid foreclosure. The list, which is this month's installment of The Nation's cool new "Ten Things" feature, includes advice for those who may think it's too late—#3: "If you are being foreclosed, call the ACORN foreclosure hot line immediately, at (347) 410-5894"—as well as general, longer-term tips, such as information about renters' rights, organizations that can assist families with foreclosures, and a link to a list of foreclosure scams.

Source: The Nation 

Image by respres, licensed under Creative Commons.

sanaullah
9/25/2010 5:43:25 AM

this is my first time.


jess_2
4/2/2009 5:35:52 AM

John Podesta said that the president can use such orders to move quickly without waiting for Congress to act, highlighting the extraordinary powers a president can wield beyond signing legislation approved by Congress. Podesta said people should expect Obama to use those powers to reverse many policies of the Bush administration. ACORN is not going to have many roots left once everyone figures out what they're up to. President Obama hasn't disclosed just how close he is to this organization, but it is known they have ties to John Podesta, his transition team chief. The group, along with the Center for Responsible Lending, along with protesting payday loans (quite the hypocrisy) has taken to occupying foreclosed homes that are owned by lower income people. Remember ACORN lobbied so hard to make companies lend subprime mortgages. They claim their acts of trespassing are a form of social protest, protesting the foreclosure of loans on people who can't pay them. Not an ACORN of knowledge in their platforms. You can read more here: http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/03/27/acorn-self-help-obama-mortgage/


julie hanus
3/9/2009 2:59:26 PM

Ah, hey: This reminds me of a very cool article in the Jan.-Feb. issue of Left Turn (LeftTurn.org). Morrigan Phillips writes about the City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) organization, a Boston-area group that has worked historically to protect people from displacement due to gentrification--and now has taken on the foreclosure crisis. As part of the group's "Bank Tenant Association," which serves people who stay in homes that have been forclosed, the CLVU organizes eviction blockades, similar to the Acorn "home defender" groups mentioned in #10 on the Nation's list. The Left Turn article isn't available online (yet?), so here's one of the best passages: Joining forces in court, or "court solidarity," is an early step CVLU and those in the Bank Tenant Association are using to stop evictions. "The goal is to get even half the people faced with eviction after foreclosure to say, 'I'm not moving. I want to go to court.' If they just said that much, the whole thing would grind to a halt," Steve [Meacham, CLVU organizer,] explained. "Jury trials take a lot of time and energy, and with hundreds of people making the demand, the banks would find the situation untenable."