Roxbury, a city with a large Black and Latino population, is not a new victim of the housing crisis. On the block where some 80 people gathered for the demonstration, there are more foreclosed homes than inhabited ones.
Frances Louis, one of the people being evicted, has been occupying a vacant apartment since her house was foreclosed on last year. Deb Jones, another target of the eviction, has already been evicted twice and is now fighting to save the home for her family of eight.
Before their evictions, Louis and Jones attempted to have their mortgage refinanced and resold to City Life/Vida Urbana, a local grassroots group that organizes around housing rights. Their request was denied, and the bank continued with the foreclosure proceedings.
The protest, which was called by City Life and the Bank Tenants Association, a growing organization of residents of foreclosed properties, drew local residents who were victims of the banks' onslaught as well as supporters from outside the community.
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