Category: Victories!

Rebecca gets the deed to the home she saved

Escaping from a domestic violence relationship in 2013 and living in her van with her children, now ages 4 to 19, Rebecca found a home on the west side. As she explained to a Detroit News reporter: “We were literally on the verge of freezing to death in my van,” shemore

Tonya Won Her Home!

Another Black Woman in Detroit fought to keep her home – and won! HUD oversees Freddie Mac, who bought Tonya’s house for $300. Freddie Mac was trying to evict Tonya, but Detroit Eviction Defense joined with her to say she is here to stay. We organized a rally in frontmore

Hines family wins chance to buy back their home

Fannie Mae responds to pressure, backs off eviction attempt Samuel Hines, a 59-year-old Detroiter suffering from stage four cancer, was threatened with eviction from his family home of thirty-five years. Fannie Mae, the federally-run mortgage company, was planning to evict him by April 5, 2016. Samuel had lived in themore

Pat Hale-Green and daughter win back their home

When Pat Hale came to Eviction Defense,she had been trying for two years to get CitiMortgage to modify her mortgage. Ms. Hale-Green had paid off her original mortgage, but fell behind on a second mortgage after she suffered a major pay cut and divorce. Then she discovered her house hadmore

Stephens family regains home in 7-year battle

Kept bank from evicting 93-year-old Mom Denise and Bernard Stephens were determined to fight the unfair eviction case against her 93-year old mother and win back the family home lost to a bank’s unjust foreclosure action. Now the bank has finally sold them back their home at a price theymore

Angela Crockett gets to buy back her home

Fannie Mae stops eviction process Long-time Detroit resident Angela Crockett and her son were foreclosed on by Citibank while participating in the Home Affordable Unemployment Program (HAUP), in violation of the rules. After years of fighting eviction in the courts with DED support, Angela finally got Fannie Mae to agreemore

Lela Whitfield wins tough battle

After a grueling two-year legal battle and Eviction Defense support campaign, Lela Whitfield’s fight for her home was down to the wire — Fannie Mae asked the court for an eviction order in November 2015. But Fannie Mae’s request struck Judge Cylenthia LaToye Miller as so unreasonable that she delayedmore

Gail Herhold and her toddler got their home back

Thanks to pressure, Fannie Mae finally changed course In May, 2015, Fannie Mae and Green Tree Servicing were trying to throw Gail Herhold and her three-year old son out of the home she’s lived in for fifteen years. Because she had money problems back in 2012 Gail was late withmore

Campaign helped Andrews Acheampong save family home

Our campaign convinced Bank of America to hold back on its threat to evict Andrews Acheampong, his wife and two children from his home of 25 years and finally grant the terms he needed to pay an inflated mortgage. Mr. Andrews Acheampong, his wife and two children were threatened withmore

Hernandez family buys back home after long fight vs. deceit and eviction

They fought eviction for over a year, also regained money stolen by mortgage imposter The Hernandez family – Ludim and Gabriela, their three daughters Kriscia, Yelinne, and Litzy – refused to be evicted from-the Southwest Detroit home where they’ve lived for over a decade. All-day vigils helped stave off evictionmore

Marie Sims wins fight to regain home

Fannie Mae had ignored her right to rebuy home and sold it to someone else After Marie Sims couldn’t make her inflated mortgage payments, her Detroit home went into foreclosure. The federally-owned Fannie Mae mortgage company bought it at a sheriff’s sale. Marie knew she had the right to buymore

Daryl & Lula Burke saved their home!

It had been sold in tax auction for one-tenth what they put into it Daryl and Lula Burke had lost their home in 2014 tax auctions. They turned to Detroit Eviction Defense for support and won the right to buy back their home at a fair price. The Burkes aremore

Lorraine Dexter fights for her home and wins

Freddie Mac was set to evict, but finally gave in to pressure, accepted her offer Viewing a powerful video by Detroit Eviction Defense might have shamed this federally-owned mortgage company into halting its senseless drive to evict this family in November 2014. By the time Lorraine Dexter realized that amore

Orozco family wins settlement

The Orozcos came to us in the fall of 2013 when they were facing possible eviction from their Southwest Detroit home during a time of economic distress. The federally-owned mortgage giant Fannie Mae had taken over, and an eviction hearing was set for December. DED and supporters from UAW Localmore

Cullors family saved their home of 23 years

In response to an emergency call for help, neighbors in Detroit’s Rosedale Park rallied early Halloween morning, October 31, 2013, to defend the Cullors family from being evicted and having all their belongings tossed into the dreaded dumpster they discovered next to their home. The crowd delayed the wrecking crewmore

Eviction dismissed, Smith regains home!

 Tsehaya Smith is buying back home she saved from blight On August 7, 2014, Fannie Mae, the federally-controlled mortgage company, agreed to dismiss the eviction case against Ms. Smith and hammer out a deal to sell her back her home. Ms. Smith and her lawyer bargained hard for a reasonablemore

Urealdene Henderson won home back

After Metro Property threatened, demanded huge payment Ms. Henderson had lived in her Detroit home for 36 years. She worked at Great Lakes Steel as a member of the Steelworkers union for 34 years, but after being diagnosed with cancer she was off work for three years.  She returned to workmore

Paramount homeowners stop mass eviction, win back homes

After we packed courtrooms, Pension Board meetings At a packed Circuit Court hearing in December 2013, Judge John Gillis set aside the Detroit Police and Fire Pension Board’s motion for mass eviction of 57 homeowners who had been defrauded by the now-defunct Paramount Land Holdings. The Judge restored the rightmore

Jennifer Britt fended off eviction, saved home!

Detroit’s Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood offers key support Jennifer had paid $46,000 to save a Rosedale Park-Detroit home that’s worth $25,000; 100 people held dawn-to-dusk vigil for two months to prevent eviction. Detroit Eviction Defense organized house-to-house leafleting of the neighborhood, informing them of Jennifer’s problem and inviting them to call themore

Gregorio Martinez gets his home back!

During the year Chase Bank tried to evict Martinez, it learned that he could not be moved without a fight. After two marches, packed courtrooms and other popular pressure, the bank officially withdrew its eviction request. By working with HUD, Martinez finally got back his home at a reasonable pricemore

Alma Counts gets her home back, foreclosure stopped!

Alma is a paralyzed senior citizen on fixed income who fought being foreclosed on by Chase Bank and Freddie Mac, the federal agency that took over her mortgage. Even after the bank had pledged to modify mortgages and stop foreclosure fraud, it nullified Counts’ previous modification and doubled her payments.more

Ray Mandrey gets settlement, not eviction

Video tells the shocking story of how Ray Mandry, a vet who has disabilities, had to fight the government he served, as it tried to evict him from his home. We apparently got Fannie Mae’s attention at the People’s Hearing held in May, 2013, even though Fannie Mae officials who hadmore

Rob & Debbie Henry fought eviction and won modified mortgage

After 100+ people marched on Bank of America: The Henrys couldn’t keep up with their Bank of America mortgage after Debbie had a stroke and could no longer work full time. The value of their house had plunged by two-thirds, and the bank and its insurer had been bailed outmore