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Minneapolis neighbors block eviction

By staff |
October 8, 2013
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Minneapolis, MN - On Oct. 8, 150 neighbors and community supporters successfully prevented the scheduled eviction of Jaymie Kelly, a Powderhorn community homeowner who has lived in her home for 30 years.

Kelly, who has paid the value of her home five times over, was scheduled to be evicted by Freddie Mac and the Hennepin County sheriff's department at 10:30 this morning, on her daughter Sinead's 23rd birthday, but a rapid community response forced the sheriffs' deputies to reschedule.

"The government is shut down, but Freddie Mac evictions are still considered an essential service. But the power of community is too big to fail," said Kelly. "Today's blocked eviction is the greatest birthday present I could give my daughter. I am not moving, and my neighbors stand with me."

Freddie Mac, which operates under the federal agency FHFA, is continuing its evictions of Kelly and others in spite of the government shutdown.

"Sheriff Stanek and the big banks don't want to do their dirty work in front of 150 community members," said Nick Espinosa, an organizer with Occupy Homes MN whose family successfully fought off foreclosure last year. "But we will be ready for them at any hour of the day or night. Jaymie's not going anywhere, and neither are we."

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