Activists Rally In Center City To Put Home Foreclosures On Hold Indefinitely

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some neighborhood activists spent part of their Martin Luther King day of service trying to pressure the Philadelphia sheriff’s office to put home foreclosures on hold – indefinitely.

Organizer Cheri Honkala, along with supporters and members of ‘The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign’ gathered near city hall, facing banker’s row:

“Supposedly, tens of millions of dollars have come to Philadelphia, to save people’s homes, through housing and urban development.”

But, she says it’s not helping homeowner’s on the brink of losing their properties because of the bureaucracy. Then, they moved further down South Broad Street, to the lobby of the sheriff’s office.

The reverend Robert Johnson says his family was evicted illegally from his southwest Philadelphia home:

“If we lived in New Orleans or Haiti, where an act of nature made us homeless, rescue would be on the way. What about those of us who are made homeless through corrupt mortgage companies? Where’s our justice?”

For now, sheriff’s sales are not happening, anyway.

They’re in the midst of a 50-day moratorium, because of a shakeup in the sheriff’s office.

It follows a critical audit by the city controller’s office, including an ongoing, now forensic audit centering on alleged financial mismanagement.

Reported By Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio

  • itdoesntmatter

    It’s not a secret…..if you read the article it says that they were ILLEGALLY EVICTED…look that up and see what you find

  • Itdoesntmatter

    For Rick, Guess Who, and Bottomline and anyone else that wants to comment…maybe if you knew the whole story you would know why these people were out there protesting….Before you comment on something you should research and find out all of the information pretaining to the subject……Stop assuming because it only does one thing and I’m sure that you don’t want to be an ass.

    • bottomline

      Why keep it a secret – tell us what we’re not being told.

  • bottomline

    Yes, if I wasn’t paying my mortgage payments I’d be out on the street too. There are no special people, we’re are obligated to live by the existing laws and agreements we enter into.
    However, many of these people were encourage to buy homes when it was reasonable clear they couldn’t maintain the property and also make the mortgage payments. In these cases the banks or/and the organizations that encourage these risky loans should assume some of the responsibility.

  • Guess Who

    I agree with Rick. I don’t care who really owns the house. If you’re not paying your mortgage, you should be tossed the hell out. And I don’t want my tax dollars being used to give you a free house.

  • Rick

    If someone doesnt pay thier mortgage,they get foreclosed..Whats so hard to understand about that?

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