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Housing is a right!
forclosures at an all time high it is time to resist. Start a Homes Not
Jails group in your community.
Foreclosure notices went out to 2.8 million households last year
and that figure is expected to top 3 million this year. Nearly 1 in
every 4 homes with mortgages is "underwater," which means that the
mortgage holder owes more on the property than it is worth. More than
half of U.S. borrowers who received loan modifications on delinquent
mortgages defaulted again after nine months, according to a federal
report out in March 2010. The number of homes with mortgage payments at
least 60 days late climbed 2.39 million in the fourth quarter, up 13.1
percent from the prior three months and 49.6 percent from the year
earlier period, the quarterly Mortgage Metrics report said.
Every Food Not Bombs group can initiate a local Homes Not Jails
chapter. Call a meeting in your community to propose the start of your
new Homes Not Jails program. Homes Not Jails chapters have organized
several types of actions. Your chapter can house homeless people in
abandoned buildings, support families facing foreclosure by building a
campaign defending their right to continue living in their home or
organizing land occupations and protests. Make a list of all the
abandoned buildings in your area and find out who owns each property.
Forclosed homes may be identified by a sign on the building or listed on
the web or at the tax office at city hall. You will find that many
abaondoned buildings have no owners or that the ownership of the
property is in litegation with title companies and banks. If you
determin that the building is not owned by a family unable to maintain
the property then visit the house during the day and put your own lock
on the door. Then when you are sharing your regular meal ask people if
they need a place to live. Once to have some people interested in being
housed tell them to meet you at the address of one of the buildings you
have secured at 9:00 Am in the morning. When the people needing a home
arrive unlock the door and let them in. Bring cleaning supplies,
painting equipment and tools to help them fix uo their new home. You
can also provide them with a lease that they can show if anyone comes
and questions their right to live there.
Another great way to help people facing foreclosure is to post
flyers around your community offering to help familie stay in their
homes. Organize a phone tree and email list of volunteers that are
willing to join people facing forclosure. You can have a crowd of
supporters greet the officials when they come to evict the homeowners.
If the authorities are able to remove the family wait a few hours and
help the family move back in. Your Homes Not Jails chapter can find a
place to store the families most valuable belongings so they are not
subject to damage. Let us know if you have started a local Homes Not
Jails chapter so we can include your group on our website.
Americans are becoming desperate as they lose their jobs and homes.
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Trespassing! Squatting, Rent Strikes, and Land Struggles Worldwide
by Anders Corr
Don't Leave. Squat Marcy Kaptur of Ohio is the longest-serving
Democratic congresswoman in U.S. history criticizes the bailout's
failure to protect homeowners facing foreclosure. Her advice to "squat"
cleverly exploits a legal technicality within the subprime-mortgage
ACORN Urges Civil
Disobedience in Foreclosure Evictions
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