After an almost year long fight, we’re elated to announce that Occupy Our Homes Atlanta member Jacqueline Barber has worked out a deal that will keep her and her family in their home for good! Jacqueline, a retired police detective who has been fighting a form of blood and bone marrow cancer, was facing immediate eviction when she first reached out to us last October. Jacqueline was dual tracked and her mortgage documents were filled with forged signatures, and like millions of other Americans she was foreclosed on and faced losing her home. But after fighting for a year, Wall Street backed down and agreed to let Jacqueline and her family keep their home.
The fight wasn’t easy. We launched a 24-hour occupation at Jacqueline’s house to defend her home from an eviction attempt. We held actions at bank branches and headquarters in Atlanta and Minneapolis – often having to shift targets as the responsibility for her foreclosure and looming eviction shifted from servicer to servicer. Jacqueline even traveled to Minneapolis to personally deliver a message to US Bank with the help of our sister organization Occupy Homes MN. All the while, Jacqueline’s health declined as the stress of facing imminent eviction caused her cancer to come out of remission.
But we persisted, and Jacqueline refused to give up. With the help of Jacqueline’s friends and family, the tens of thousands of people that signed her petition, and allies like the Home Defenders League, enough pressure was put on US Bank and Ocwen to make them sell Jacqueline’s home back to her at a price she can afford.
Today, Jacqueline, her daughter, and her four grandchildren can rest easy knowing that they no longer face the threat of imminent eviction!