Alicia has been fighting for her home since she moved back in in early May. Like many homeowners, Alicia lost her job and had trouble making payments. When she reached out to her lender for a modification they fast-tracked her into foreclosure. At the time Alicia was caring for her ailing mother and she self-evicted before pursuing every option. Later she researched her home and found the foreclosure was illegal and started a process to challenge the ownership of her home. She decided to move back into the home and with the help of over 500 supporters she did just that. Five months later she is still in her home, however now she is not just fighting the developers and lenders, she now has to face the city supporting them in taking her home.
For the last several months she has been trying to get water service to the house. Unfortunately, the City is not recognizing her as the homeowner regardless of whether she is contesting the ownership. After repeated visits and calls to the Water Bureau and Commissioner Randy Leonard, it is evident the city is choosing to not work with her. The City claims that it is a safety issue to have Alicia in her home without water service but instead of turning the water on and solving the issue they are trying to evict Alicia and board up her house.
The City has been threatening Alicia with a vacate order and tomorrow, October 25th, 2012 they are moving to evict her. Alicia is no stranger to fighting, a war veteran in the Gulf War, she is ready to take a stand. She and her supporters will be hosting a press conference tomorrow at 7AM announcing her plan to stay and exposing the City’s actions.
At a time when there are so many empty homes and so many people without a roof over their head why would the City contribute to homelessness? Why would the city choose to side with banks and home poachers, against a homeowner, when her foreclosure is still being contested?
It’s time that we take a stand for housing justice in Portland. We are going to defend Alicia’s home and we will not be silent. The City should do the right thing and turn on the water and not evict another homeowner. No more empty homes!