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How We Survive: Resisting Foreclosures


Frank Torres occupied his home and wrote I want to be heard after his home was foreclosed on and trying to negotiate with lenders.

Frank Torres occupied his home and wrote "I want to be heard" after his home was foreclosed on and trying to negotiate with lenders.

It’s been a couple of years since the mortgage crisis first broke. And there is little to indicate that the financial picture will be improving anytime soon. In this year alone, it’s projected that more than two million people will lose their homes to foreclosure. On this edition, we continue our series “How We Survive”, a look into how communities and everyday people around the U.S. are responding to the economic crisis. This week we focus on people who are resisting foreclosures and answer the question––are rescue programs actually working?


Frank Torres, home owner resisting eviction; Tosha Alberty, home owner resisting eviction; Martha Daniels, ACORN Oakland chapter foreclosure program Vice-President; Bill Chorneau, ACORN organizer; Craig Robbins, ACORN campaign Director; Steve Meacham, City Life/Vida Urbana Organizer; John Langley, Portland Collective Housing Cooperative; Kevin Gillette, Community Housing Resource Center program manager; “Larry”, facing foreclosure; Anonymous buyer at auction; Lisa Hasegawa, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development Executive Director.

For More Information:


City Life/Vida Urbana

Community Housing Resource Center

National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development

Portland Collective Housing

Additional Information:

Just Cause Oakland

Right to the City Alliance

Take Back the Land

Blogs, Articles, Links:

ACORN report:
“Road to Rescue: How the Philadelphia Model Can Reduce Foreclosures Across the Country”

It’s Time We Talked: Mandatory Mediation in the Foreclosure Process
A report by the Center for American Progress

Unemployed Councils, Eviction Riots, and the New Deal

Featuring Music by:

“I Aint Got No Home” Bruce Springsteen
“Foreclosure” Chris Kiley:
“It’s Real” Mic Geronimo

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Author: Kwan

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  1. Thanks very much for a great show on an important topic. I’d like to share a link to more stories of folks fighting to stay in their homes in Boston’s working class neighborhoods with the support of City Life/Vida Urbana. Hear the stories of those struggling against foreclosure and eviction in their own words:

    Thanks again.

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