Two Chicago families who are members of Communities United Against Foreclosure And Eviction are taking their fight for their homes to the Internet this Thanksgiving. They are featured in YouTube videos demanding that banks work with them – rather than throwing them out on the street.
Maria Dolores Calvillo, who lives at 7250 N. Claremont, has asked IndyMac/OneWest Bank to work with her numerous times, but has gotten only obfuscation and unresponsivenesss in return. Call bank lawyers Pierce and Associates at 312-346-9088. Dial extension 3, then extension 5. Tell them to work with Maria Dolores Calvillo instead of auctioning off her home. Leave a message if no one picks up.
Ms. Calvillo has sought the support of housing organizations and did as she was asked in order to apply for a loan modification. Her home, however, is scheduled to go to auction Dec. 5. If it does, Calvillo, her daughter-in-law and her two grandchildren will be kicked out. She has ultimately decided to speak out against foreclosures and evictions this holiday season, and she’s not alone.
Although she earlier fell behind on mortgage payments, “Now, I am the owner and director of a day care center. I can pay,” Calvillo says. “I’m not hiding. I’m not running away. I want to keep my home.”
Supporters of Calvillo are launching a call-in campaign today, asking their banks’ lawyers to work with the families this holiday season instead of going after them.
The campaign kicks off two weeks of Communities United Against Foreclosure And Eviction events around the fight for housing in Chicago, “From Foreclosed to Occupied: Communities Unite for Housing Rights.”
*On Tuesday Dec. 6, supporters will gather at a housewarming event for a family that has taken over an abandoned building in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. According to the U.S. Census, 14.7 percent of Chicago’s housing stock is vacant. “I believe what we are doing is right, because people need a place to live,” says Sabrina Morey, one of those who recently moved into the building. “There should be no vacant homes anywhere.”
*On Thursday Dec. 8, Sherri Norris will announce at a press conference that she has decided to occupy her foreclosed home. Despite US Bank’s fraudulent dealings with her and the order of possession the bank has now obtained, Sherri has decided that she will fight to stay in her home, and she’s calling on her neighbors and allies for support. Join her as she stands up to the banks at 6:30 p.m. outside of HER home at 2029 S. 17th Ave, Broadview, IL. For more information contact Simon Swartzman at 773-213-8388.
Communities United Against Foreclosure And Eviction is composed of members of various communities in and around Chicago who fight to keep people in their homes, and to claim land for people who are homeless. We believe housing is a human right, and we recognize that big banks’ predatory lending practices and subprime mortgage loans have been the main cause of the current housing crisis.