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Dozens Rally At Philadelphia City Hall Against Planned Foreclosure Sales

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some area homeowners  at risk of losing their homes rallied today at Philadelphia City Hall to try to stop what’s expected to be one of the city’s largest sheriff’s sales next month.

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“No sales April 5th!” they chanted outside City Hall, in an effort to stop the upcoming Philadelphia sheriff’s sale on April 5th of homes in foreclosure.

“I worked too long for my home just to give it up,” one woman told the crowd of about 60 people.

John Dodds, with the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, says the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has the money to help the unemployed pay their mortgages, but folks have not yet been able to apply for those funds.

“There’s 106 million dollars available for Pennsylvania,” Dodds says.  “This program was supposed to take effect October 1st, and HUD has not even provided the guidelines yet.  All the money has to be spent by September 30th, so HUD is almost seven months into a 12-month period to spend the money and it hasn’t put the guidelines out.”

Officials say the sheriff’s sale will go forward but they may consider delaying some of the foreclosure sales on a case-by-case basis.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  • Guess Who

    No more free houses for these JB’s, paid for by my tax money. If you’re not paying your mortgage, get the hell out!

  • sick of bad reporting

    It doesn’t look like “dozens” I walked past there were 15 african americans with signs.

  • mike in Philly

    I forgot to mention earlier in the above post that this deadbeat owes our condo association about $10k, most of which we will probably not collect…in addition he has a 15 year old corvette sitting in the garage – instead of selling it to pay his debts he would rather just not pay anybody.. As if that were not enough there is strong suspicions of drug activity at the property which has bee reported several times to the 8th district police and narcotics hotline to no avail… we were told we would be called back about setting up surveillance but it was just lip service.. as for the city always complaining about money well I can just say to the “council” who runs the city – COLLECT YOUR PROPERTY TAXES…. I’m one and done with property in the city, my next move is OUT

  • mike in Philly

    I have neighbor who is on this list for April 5th.. in this case he is a deadbeat who is also a troublemaker on our street and at the end of this month will have 6 years of unpaid taxes and 4 liens on the unit… he gave himself a “tax abatement” and also owes thousands of dollars to the water company and mortgage company each… Everyone else gets to work and pay and pay so … Keep in mind there are deadbeats out there like on my street who just refuse to pay or get out… I’m looking forward to April 5 needless to say..

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