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Homeowners, neighbors demand shutdown of federal evictions

By staff |
October 3, 2013
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(Fight Back!News/Staff)Protest at Minneapolis Federal Building demanding end to federal evictions from homes. (Fight Back!News/Staff)Protest at Minneapolis Federal Building demanding end to federal evictions from homes.

Minneapolis, MN - Jaymie Kelly, a 30-year homeowner who faces imminent eviction at the hands of Freddie Mac, rallied with 40 neighbors at the U.S. Attorney's office here, Oct. 3, demanding a shutdown of federally financed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac evictions - which continue during the government shutdown as an ‘essential service.’

When Homeland Security told Kelly no one from the Attorney's office could accept her petitions as a result of the shutdown, her supporters proceeded to decorate the outside of the federal building with petition signatures.

"As aid to affordable housing is cut off, and our public officials won't meet with us, Freddie Mac still thinks my eviction is an 'essential service,'" said Kelly, who is fighting in an eviction defense campaign with Occupy Homes MN. "I have already paid for my home five times, but JPMorgan Chase and Freddie Mac have refused to negotiate with me. Freddie Mac must immediately shut down its evictions until it has a permanent director in place willing to work with homeowners like me. The government's inaction could cost me my home of 30 years. But I am not leaving,and my community stands with me."

Kelly’s supporters then marched over to City Hall to demand Sheriff Stanek not use public resources to evict her. Sheriffs are expected to attempt to evict Kelly sometime in the next week. Her community is prepared to resist any attempt to evict her.

In July, 75 community members drove off 30 sheriffs attempting to evict Kelly’s neighbor, Sergio Ceballos. Two months later, Ceballos remains in his home and is now in negotiation with JPMorgan Chase.