Residents fight against eviction
Date: 10/4/2011Oct. 5, 2011
By G. Michael Dobbs
SPRINGFIELD About 50 people gathered at 78 Healey St., Indian Orchard, to support the Guzman family in an hour-long vigil on Sept. 28 to call attention to the fact that FNMA (Fannie Mae) is attempting to evict the family despite its offers to pay rent or to buy the house at market value.
Organizer Malcolm Chu of No One Leaves Springfield, the group that organized the vigil, said Fannie Mae has exhibited a pattern of foreclosing on homes and then seeking sales to investors and banks at discount.
“When families ask to pay rent or buy at market price, the response is to evict,” he said.
Guzman fell behind on the payments for the home when he lost his job. He is working again, but Fannie Mae has not responded to his offers. His family is one of five currently fighting eviction with Fannie Mae.