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Akhom Phetphanh and his Son Ty Locked to the Front Porch of Their House
April 21, 2014
Rochester, NY – After an eviction blockade protest on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 which successfully held off the eviction, Take Back the Land and other supporters have continued to defend the home by setting up an “Eviction Watch.” For Eviction Watch, neighbors and community supporters take shifts from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (the times an eviction can be executed in New York State) watching the house and prepared to alert the community if authorities try to remove Akhom and his son from their home.
Mr. Phetphanh has been served a 72 hour eviction notice and Tuesday was the planned day of the eviction. However, the blockade and intervention of Rochester City Councilmen Michael Patterson thwarted the eviction for now. “I need another vacant house on Durnan St. like I need a hole in my head,” said Councilman Patterson. Of the 10 closest houses to the Phetphanh residence 5 of them are already vacant. It is uncertain when the marshal may try to return. For information on the eviction blockade protest or background information see the Take Back the Land update, and the articles by the Democrat and Chronicle and Minority Reporter
What EverBank is Doing to Our Neighborhoods
EverBank foreclosure on Glendale Park in Rochester, NY
EverBank’s Pattern and Practice of Fraud
After paying for well over 15 years, EverBank claims Mr. Phetphanh still owes over $9,000, even though his original mortgage was only $13,667. The bank claims they don’t have the full history of the loan and therefore cannot resolve discrepancies but insist they should be trusted regarding their information on the amount owed.This type of practice is consistent with what Federal Reserve and Office of Comptroller Currency called EverBank’s “unsafe and unsound practices in mortgage servicing and foreclosure processing.”(SeeNew York Times article.) For these practices EverBank was issued acease and desist orderand forced to pay back millions of dollars to thousands of borrowers they had wronged (seeWashington Post article). Akhom Phetphanh is one of those borrowers who is owed money as a part of the settlement.
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