Dixie Mitchell, who lives on 21st Ave just south of Union, is fighting to save her home of 44 years after getting caught up in a predatory lending scheme. To make matters worse, her husband Luster ran into health problems and was forced to quit working.
All she has asked of Ocwen Financial, an F-rated institution according to the Better Business Bureau, is for a mediation session to come up with a financing plan she can afford. They have repeatedly denied her request, even copying-and-pasting a rejection form letter without even filling in the placeholder details (“The loan originated on ORIGINATION DATE for $ORIGINAL PRINCIPLE BALANCE” etc).
As it stands, the Mitchell home is scheduled for auction October 28. Friends, family and neighbors will gather at her home to show their support for her. Meanwhile, a petition with thousands of signatures (over 7,000 as of Monday afternoon) will be delivered to Ocwan Financial’s Florida offices at the same time, along with Dixie’s modification paperwork.
You can join in support of Dixie, Luster and other people facing foreclosure Tuesday, October 18 at their home (which happens to be just a few houses away from CDN headquarters):
- When: Tuesday, October 18th at 11:30 am
- Where: The Mitchell residence, 927 21st. Ave, Seattle, WA
- Who: Neighbors, family and local supporters of the Mitchells; anti-foreclosure community leaders.
Here’s a video of Dixie explaining her situation on MSNBC:
From Washington CAN:
On Tuesday, October 18th at 11:30 am, neighbors, family and other local supporters will gather at the endangered home of Dixie Mitchell in Seattle’s Central District. While people in Seattle join together to fight to save Ms. Mitchell’s home; thousands of petition signatures and Ms. Mitchell’s modification paperwork will be delivered on the other side of the country to Ocwen Financial’s Florida offices in West Palm Springs.
The unified message from Seattle to West Palm Springs is that it’s time for Ocwen Financial and big banks everywhere to stop foreclosing on Americans; it’s time for big banks to Pay US Back.
Ms. Mitchell is a 71-year old cancer survivor. She and her husband have lived in their home in Seattle for the past 44 years and have raised nine children and fifty foster children in the home. Ms. Mitchell is currently facing foreclosure and Ocwen Financial refuses to work with her to modify her loan, saying they can’t seem to find her paperwork. Read her full story here.
After no luck dealing with Ocwen, Ms. Mitchell took her story national. With help from The New Bottom Line, she launched an online petition targeting Ocwen Financial. Since the launch of the petition in mid-September, 7,385 people from across the country have signed their names in support. Ms. Mitchell also appeared on the Up With Chris Hayes show on MSNBC to share her story (see clip here) and stand up for the millions of people across the country that are currently going through foreclosure.
Ms. Mitchell’s home could be auctioned off as soon as October 28th, and all Ms. Mitchell needs is a simple HAMP modification. But Ocwen can’t seem to find the modification paperwork that they’ve asked Ms. Mitchell to submit again and again. So we’ll deliver the paperwork to Ocwen, in person, in Palm Springs. While the petitions and modification paperwork are being delivered to Ocwen’s offices, Ms. Mitchell’s supporters will be gathering in Seattle to join their voices to the cause of saving Ms. Mitchell’s home and waiting in hopeful anticipation for a phone call from Ocwen.
Ms. Mitchell has requested a mediation session with Ocwen, thanks to the new Foreclosure Fairness Act which was enacted in Washington in July, 2011. If a mediation session is granted, the auction date of Ms. Mitchell’s home will be pushed back and she’ll have the opportunity to finally speak with Ocwen about modifying her loan. Ocwen has an F rating at the Better Business Bureau and they have around 890 complaints nationwide.
It’s time for banks to work with people who are in foreclosure instead of putting families like the Mitchell’s out on the streets.
When: Tuesday, October 18th at 11:30 am PST / 2:30pm EST
Where: The Mitchell residence, 927 21st. Ave, Seattle, WA / Ocwen Corporate Offices, 1661 Worthington Rd #100 West Palm Springs, FL 33409
Who: Neighbors, family and local supporters of the Mitchells; anti-foreclosure community leaders.
Is this the birth of “Occupy Central District?” Seems like fighting to let the Mitchells continue “occupying” their home could be a good place to start.