Wednesday, August 24, 2011

82-Year Old Great-Grandma Dodges Boot After Losing Home To Predatory Loan Foreclosure As Advocates, New Buyer To Continue Resolution Discussions

In Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reports:

  • An 82-year-old great-grandmother cried tears of joy Friday as nearly 200 neighbors rallied in her support on the day she was to be evicted. Mary Lee Ward was granted a reprieve when the owner of the Brooklyn house where she lives agreed to continue meeting with her lawyers next week.

  • "Thank you, thank you," Ward cried out to supporters from the top step of the Bedford-Stuyvesant house where she has lived for 44 years. "You have to stick with it when you know your right," Ward told the cheering crowd. "Don't let nobody walk all over you."

  • Ward, who fell victim in 1995 to a predatory subprime mortgage lender that went under in 2007, has been battling to stay in the Tompkins Avenue home for more than a decade.

  • A city marshal was supposed to boot Ward from the one-family frame house Friday, but didn't show as her lawyers sat down with an assemblywoman and the home's owner. "The marshal will not be taking any action and we've reached an agreement that Ms. Ward can stay in her house," said Assemblywoman Annette Robinson.

For more, see 82-yr.-old great-grandmother won't be evicted from Brooklyn home; 200 neighbors show support outside.

Go here for on-location video of the protest of the eviction of Ms. Ward.

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