Minneapolis: Evicted Veteran to Move into Vacant Home on #D6

After a year-long Occupy Homes campaign for a renegotiated loan, Vietnam veteran John Vinje and his wife Lucinda Adams chose to peacefully leave their home on their October eviction date. US Bank and Freddie Mac sent 24 sheriff’s deputies to make sure they didn’t change their minds. John, Lucinda, and their adult children are now living in unstable, uncertain circumstances.

But this experience has only strengthened their resolve to fight back. As Lucinda says, “This is not over yet.” On December 6, we will reclaim a vacant home and move in a family made homeless by the foreclosure crisis. Join us on Thursday to escalate our fight for housing justice.

John’s story:

We contacted U.S. Bank for a loan modification; we filled out the same paperwork about 4 or 5 times, and U.S. Bank either stated they lost portions of it, couldn’t find it, or said we were denied.

In 2012, they finally held a Sheriff’s Sale, and bought it from themselves, for more than our current mortgage. Immediately after they purchased they home, they Quit Claim deeded it over to Freddie Mac. So, we now knew that Freddie Mac was the “evil” one here, operating in the background, and pulling the strings that U.S. Bank played. It made us want to stand up, and fight back against these giant corporations, that have no compassion for their customers.

Freddie Mac then applied for and got an eviction order which was carried out on Oct. 23, 2012. 12 squad cars from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office showed up at 8:30am, with 2 deputies per squad. Why? Were they that scared of us? Did they expect to have another “riot” on their hands? Or, is it just that they’re a bunch of wimps, and need to make a show-of-force against a poor, innocent family?

All these events created additional stress, ill-health and bad feelings within our family. We now live apart; some of our family is couch-surfing with various friends, while looking for a more permanent place to live. Some of the family is in a small temporary, rental situation.

This whole situation has only strengthened our resolve to continue to fight back; we now have a court hearing scheduled for Dec. 12th, in Federal District Court, which was Freddie Mac’s request (apparently they figured they wouldn’t be able to win in state District Court).

On Dec. 6th, we will continue to stand up & fight back. We are planning to occupy a vacant home, to show that family’s displaced by this foreclosure crisis, deserve & have a right to a place called home and steady place to live.