A group of NLMH members joined our allies for a regional protest demanding change at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. We delivered a letter to a key senator, picketed, shared testimony, and delivered petitions to a board member following a productive meeting.
Our action already received great press coverage: http://www. masslive.com/news/index.ssf/ 2014/08/springfield_no_one_ leaves_protest.html#incart_m- rpt-1
Here’s Tanya’s testimony:
Hello, my name is Tanya Torpey. I’ve lived in my home in Fishkill, NY for 13 years. I’m in foreclosure and my home is owned by Freddie Mac. I’m fighting for my home as a member of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.
I am disabled, and I used to work caring for disabled people in their homes until 2010, when I had to stop working because my disability became worse. In early 2011, I developed sepsis, landing in the hospital, requiring major surgury, which has me slowly healing to the present. In mid-2012, my daughter became sick with Polycysteic Ovarian Syndrome and also became disabled in her senior year of high school. I had to become her advocate myself, no doctors or lawyers would help me. In dealing with all of that I fell into foreclosure.
How can Fannie and Freddie keep evicting low-income and disabled people like me who have nowhere else to go?
I’m also the only daughter who can care for my elderly mother of 82 years who is in a nursing home. My mother is asking to come home with me to live out her final days with her family as her health is quickly deteriorating, but I can’t even do that because I don’t know when Freddie Mac is going to try to evict me.
The banks have long twisted the laws with the assistance of the government. We bailed out the banks, and we own Fannie and Freddie. How can the banks WE OWN… use OUR MONEY… to kick us out of OUR HOMES.
Now we, exhausted and sick from being thusly abused, while treading water to keep our homes, in a toxic environment, funded with our money, need beg for shelter? It is our talent, money, skills, hands, and hearts that run this world, that fill your banks! Our homes are built on the sands and backs of those you are impoverishing.
Many people are paying 60% or more of their income to their housing! Nobody should have to pay more than 30%. Nobody should have to pay more for housing than they can afford.
Like so many other people, my home is underwater. Why spend so much money on foreclosing and evicting people only to sell the home for below its actual value? Instead of evicting people, you could change their loans to reflect the real value of the home. I’m asking Mel Watt to choose principal reduction instead of eviction, not just for myself, but for everyone with a loan from Fannie or Freddie.
I’m inspired by the strength and commitment of others who see through the greed of the banks and the government that works for them. I’m inspired by everyone here today, and everyone else rallying for justice from Fannie and Freddie around the country. Sharing a voice and joining in spirit, together we are a tidal wave of strength that cannot be stopped until Fannie and Freddie end all evictions.