150 neighbors and community supporters successfully prevented the scheduled eviction of Jaymie Kelly, a Minneapolis homeowner who has lived in her home 30 years, this morning.
, 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 Jaymie. "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 Jaymie 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."
The sheriff's department is legally required to carry out Jaymie's eviction by Friday, October 11. Community members are prepared to respond to an eviction attempt 24/7.
Jaymie is a resident of south Minneapolis' Eviction Free Zone, where residents resist unjust evictions. An eviction blockade July 24 at the home of her neighbor, Sergio Ceballos, successfully kept his family in their home. Two months later, Sergio’s family is still in their home and in negotiations with Chase Bank.