This last Wednesday, the 16th of January of this new year, 2013, Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction continued its fight to keep Mary Bonelli in her home. Though Mary’s family has lived in the house on 2334 N. Mason since 1921, and has never been late with a payment, the Fannie Mae corporation is trying to throw her out into the street this winter! Through a computer error (no fault of Mary’s), Fannie Mae failed to process a payment on time—and this has led the bank to foreclose on Mary.
But Mary has refused to go! She called her friend Sabrina Morey of Communities United last year, and learned that many homeowners are facing the same attacks on their homes by fraudulent banks—and that together, we can fight back! January 16th was the day her house officially went on the Sheriff’s eviction list—along with some TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND OTHER HOMES IN CHICAGO! More than 70 friends came out to support Mary in her press conference, declaring loud and proud that she intends to STAY IN HER HOME! People from all generations—children as young as five years old—students from high schools and colleges in Chicago—young actors from Albany Park Theater Project—homeowners who had fought for their homes in the past and some continuing to fight—and volunteers of all ages from Communities United came out, too, holding signs in Spanish and English, and holding candles for the vigil. It was a wonderful event! And it’s just the latest in a series of actions we will continue to organize—not stopping until Mary’s home is taken off the eviction list, and restored to its rightful owner—Mary Bonelli and her family!
We will continue to update you about Mary’s case, and what you can do to help. And, if you find yourself attacked by predatory mortgages and crooked banks, too—don’t give up your home—FIGHT BACK! Contact us today—and join Mary Bonelli, and many, many others around Chicago, the country, and the world who are demanding, in one voice:
HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT!
Some news coverage of the vigil:
- Vigil held for elderly Chicago woman set to lose home from ABC7
- Neighbors help 76-year-old woman fight to keep home that’s been in her family for generations from Chicago Reporter
- Community Group Rallies Around Elderly Women Set To Lose Home Due To Alleged Bank Error from Progress Illinois
- 76-year-old woman fights Fannie Mae from Newstips
And sign Mary’s petition!