Occupy Chattanooga rallies to support homeowner facing foreclosureShab Bashiri on September 01, 2013
Members of Occupy Chattanooga held a "Foreclosure Free Cookout" yesterday at the home of Filson Manley, a local homeowner who is now facing foreclosure. Supporters had been reaching out to neighbors for weeks, preparing for the cookout, which despite rain was a huge success!
Fil's home fell into foreclosure earlier this year. After suffering a loss of income after the 2008 economic crash, Fil applied for a loan modification through the HAMP program with his then servicer IndyMac. He was making his trial payments when his servicer was changed from IndyMac to One West. It's all went downhill from there, with Fil going back and forth with One West attempting to restart the modification process.
In August, Fil's home was up for auction at the Chattanooga courthouse. Occupy Chattanooga mobilized last minute and joined Fil at the courthouse, where they successfully prevented any third parties from purchasing his home. Since then, supporters have pledged to defend Fil's home from eviction, and to support his fight to stay in his home.