This morning the Austin family awoke to the sounds of Sheriff’s Officers and Portland Police beating on the door of their NE Portland home. The officers waited waited until Ron Austin had gone to work at 5am, when Debbie and her two children were alone, then entered the home to forcibly evict the family at the demand of government-backed mortgage regulator, Fannie Mae.
The Austin's came out as the first family in Oregon publicly fighting their eviction in Dec 2011. Both Debbie and Ron were diagnosed with cancer and slipped into foreclosure. They made all their payments but Fannie Mae is arguing that they missed a single payment. The Austins have tried the court system, waving the receipt for the alleged missed payment but to no avail. Sadly, like many contesting their foreclosure their case was thrown out because they could not afford a lawyer.
This morning's eviction is a double blow because the evicting party is Fannie Mae, a publicly owned and funded institution that controls half of all the mortgages in the United States. Fannie Mae has become a target of national eviction resistance efforts in recent months as communities stand up to say that it is not in the public interest to evict families from their homes so that banks and developers may increase their profits. Fannie Mae must stop all evictions immediately!
Act right now to support the Austin’s and all families fighting eviction. Tell Fannie Mae – We won’t give up our homes! Stop all evictions and give the Austin’s back their home! Sign this petition now.