Community Forum Draws Wide Neighborhood Support

Over 10 homeowners from the Central and Powderhorn Neighborhoods, and 60 community supporters, attended the first public meeting for the Foreclosure and Eviction Free Zone last Wednesday at Green Central Community School. Almost a year earlier, a similar forum drew community members to meet Bobby Hull, a Central Neighborhood Homeowner, and to discuss ways to save his home. Since then, Bobby won back his home, along with five more Minnesota families, with the help of Occupy Homes MN.

Occupy Homes MN is returning to South Minneapolis to begin discussions on launching the Foreclosure and Eviction Free Zone, an attempt to combine homeowners and renters together into a generalized movement for housing justice. Chris Gray, an Occupy Homes organizer and Powderhorn resident, said "This is the perfect place to launch such a project. 835 families have lost the homes to foreclosure in these two neighborhoods since 2007, and more than half of our neighbors are renters."

Two homeowners facing foreclosure stood up and announced that they were not moving from their homes. Occupy Homes organizers hope that more will join in the struggle over the next few weeks. In addition, plans for the December 6th National Day of Action, where Occupy Homes MN will move a family into a vacant home, were discussed as well.

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