[act-ma] Fwd: TOMORROW MORNING: Rally at Malden Courthouse

Daria Casinelli casinellidaria at gmail.com
Wed Jan 9 16:50:32 PST 2013

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*From:* Dominic Desiata <ddesiata at clvu.org>
*Date:* January 9, 2013, 3:44:34 PM EST
*To:* undisclosed-recipients:;
*Subject:* *TOMORROW MORNING: Rally at Malden Courthouse*

*Community Outreach Rally to support North Shore residents in foreclosure*

Thursday, January 10th
8:45 AM
Malden District Court, 89 Summer Street, Malden, MA
Info: 857-203-2393, ddesiata at clvu.org

Members of the North Side Bank Tenants Association will come out to offer
support for local  homeowners and tenants fighting post-foreclosure
evictions. The group does regular outreach to defendants in Housing Court
to inform them of the “Sword & Shield,” a strategy of using free legal
services and community organizing tactics to make mortgage companies

“We’re trying to spread the word that help is available and that regular
people have power” said Charlene Julce, a Malden woman whose home was
foreclosed by Fannie Mae in 2011. Since then, she and her mother Claudette
have been fighting in court and in the community to save their home. After
both women suffered illness and cutbacks at work, they paid a retired
attorney for assistance with a loan modification. Despite their income and
underwater mortgage, they were denied by IndyMac/OneWest Bank.

The Julce family will be in Court themselves on January 24th to face
eviction proceedings by Fannie Mae, who insured their loan. They are no
longer able to repurchase their two-family home, but are asking the bank to
accept rent while the bank entertains other offers. “There’s no point
leaving this house abandoned when we’re willing to pay rent It’s no good
for us and it’s no good for Malden,” Fannie Mae has already agreed to take
rent from the downstairs tenants.

At a friend’s suggestion, the Julce women joined City Life/Vida Urbana, a
local non-profit that brings home-owners and tenants together to fight for
loan modifications with principal reduction and for keep post-foreclosure
residents in their homes long term through buy-backs and rental agreements.

Similar to other local communities, Malden has a high rate of home
foreclosures. What makes it unique is a new collaboration between local
non-profit organizations and the City administration. City Life/Vida
Urbana, Greater Boston Legal Services, Tri-CAP and representatives from
several City departments have been meeting regularly for the past few
months to see how a combined effort might give Malden residents a fighting
chance to save their homes from foreclosure. A public forum is planned for
the evening of Thursday, January 17th in the Jackson Suite Function Hall on
Centre Street. For more information, call 781-873-0230.

Dominic DeSiata, Organizer / Organizador
City Life/Vida Urbana
Office / Oficina:

North Side Bank Tenants Association
Twitter: @NorthSide_BTA*What:* Community outreach rally to support North
Shore residents in foreclosure
*When:* Thursday, January 10th, 8:45 AM
*Where:* Malden District Court, 89 Summer Street, Malden, MA
*Who:* Homeowners, Malden and North Shore residents, community leaders,
legal aid attorneys, etc.
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