As I reported on Wednesday, ACORN has promised radical lawlessness in the name of “civil disobediance” with their “Home Savers” campaign.
The group wants to train homeowners facing eviction on peaceful ways they can remain in their homes.
Derek Valcourt reports their actions are not without controversy.
Near Patterson Park, the padlock on the door and the sign in the window tells part of Donna Hanks foreclosure story.
“The mortgage went up $300 in one month,” said Hanks, former homeowner.
She says the bank refused to modify her loan and foreclosed, kicking her out of the house in September.
The community group ACORN calls Hanks a victim of predatory lending.
“This is our house now,” said Louis Beverly, ACORN.
And on Thursday afternoon, they literally broke the foreclosure padlock right off the front door and then broke into the house, letting Hanks back in for the first time in months.
I think this is the part of the story we’re all supposed to applaud, and say, “awwwww! You go, girl”!
“As you all can see, Donna is reclaiming her home, and she’s putting a lock on her door at this time,” said Beverly.
Sadly, there may be trouble on the horizon for our hero.
The current property managers told Eyewitness News they were unaware of ACORN’s actions Thursday and were contacting the police and their lawyers.
The local WJZ Baltimore News coverage:
“Not without controversy”.
Allahpundit correctly notes that this puts Obama on the spot:
… because as clips like this circulate he’ll eventually be asked about it and will be forced to condemn the practice, however tepidly.
Commenter Sherry passes along some interesting information on our poor victim:
Donna Hanks initially purchased her home (315 South Ellwood, Baltimore, MD 21224) on 7/06/2001 for $87,000. At some date between 2001 and 2006 she re-financed the original mortgage for the amount of $270,000 with a mortgage payment of $1,662.00. The FIRST foreclosure on this home was filed 5/31/2006. Donna Hanks filed for bankruptcy 6/16/06 during which a payment plan was approved for the $10,500 she was behind in her payments. This action stopped the original foreclosure. When she did not meet the terms of the bankruptcy re-payment, a second foreclosure action was started in January 2008. At the time she had not made her mortgage payments since September 2007. It should be noted that her salary per the bankruptcy paperwork was $1625 per month and she was working a 2nd and 3rd job (supposedly giving her an additional $1,275 in monthly income – the employers were not listed). Over extended? Also, during 2007 she was renting our her basement illegally (she was taken to court) and receiving rent while she was not making her mortgage payments. The mortgage company “raised” her payment $300 a month – right? Well, not exactly it was $340. The amount that she had agreed to pay back in arrears. Not exactly truthful, but what I would expect from a person with her criminal record (theft and assault 2nd degree and possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure). Oh and there is the small matter of breaking and entering. The house at 315 South Ellwood had already been sold at auction on 6/26/08 for $192,000. It just took them until September 2008 to get her out. Nothing like public information – it seems Acorn could have found this same information before they helped this “poor” victimized woman…………………
The property records can be found at (search by address); http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/rp_rewrite/
The Maryland court records can be found at; http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiry-index.jsp
The Maryland bankruptcy records are available on Pacer (requires registration and they charge about $0.08 per page) https://pacer.login.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl
Warning: Do NOT watch this video if you have high blood pressure. Seriously, if circular logic bothers you, you should probably skip this Fox interview of an “Executive Director” of ACORN explaining why people have the right to stay in homes they can’t afford at taxpayer expense.