On Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 11:00am, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta will be holding a press conference on the lawn of Jaqueline Barber; 160 Spearman Rd Fayetteville Road, Fayetteville 30214. There are some GPS issues with the address so here are directions from Atlanta:
75/85 South285 WestExit 60Right on Riverdale Rd1st left on Fayetteville Rd/Right on Spearman Rd
Active and retired APD officers will join Jaqueline Barber, her four Grandchildren, and Occupy Our Homes ATL to send the message to US Bank that she will not be evicted.
Jaqueline Barber is a retired APD detective who was injured on the job and forced into early retirement. After purchasing a home big enough for her, her daughter, and four children tragedy struck.
Jaqueline was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer. While undergoing aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments, her son helped start the long process of applying for a loan modification with Wells Fargo. After almost a year of treatment, including a bone marrow transplant, Jacqueline’s disease went into remission.
Like millions of American’s Jaqueline had a bad loan. Her payments shot up by $1,500 a month as her property value plummeted.
Over the next two years Jaqueline sent in document after document to the bank, attended countless seminars with housing counseling agencies, and tried everything she could to obtain a loan modification, all while still in a wheelchair from the pain she was suffering. Her family even fell victim to so called “foreclosure rescue” groups, paying them over $3000 for modification assistance. Finally in early 2012, Jaqueline received a letter from the executive VP of Wells Fargo assuring her that they were working on her case. I felt a sense of hope at the prospect of finally getting some relief.
Much to her surprise, Jaqueline received a letter a few weeks later from US Bank, claiming they had purchased her home at auction, and demanding that she vacate the property. Despite their assurances that they were working on her case, it seems Wells Fargo had moved forward with the foreclosure.
US Bank is now demanding that the family vacate the property immediately, even refusing to sell it back to Jacqueline’s friends and family members who were more than willing to purchase the home back from them. Desperate to put off the eviction and find a way to stay in her home, Jaqueline filed for bankruptcy in August which granted her a temporary stay from the eviction. The stress has caused Jacqueline’s cancer to come out of remission, and she now has to resume aggressive treatment to fight it. Now US Bank is taking Jaqueline to court to demand the judge lift the stay, allow them to evict the family, and force Jaqueline to pay their legal fees on top of it.
Link to Video interview of Jaqueline Barber Recorded Friday 10/5 by Occupy Our Homes ATL: