Eviction Free Zone
Occupy Homes Minnesota
March 18, 2013
In South Minneapolis, eight families have declared their community an Eviction Free Zone. Support them by signing their petition at:http://goo.gl/5Jy8f
We, the residents of the Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods of Minneapolis, want stable and affordable housing accessible to everyone who lives in our neighborhoods.
Our community has suffered 835 foreclosures since 2007, and our elected officials have refused to act. Four years after the bail out, banks are again making record profits, while in our community we have seen no relief from the economic crisis. Our neighbors are left homeless, while abandoned homes stand vacant.
We will no longer be held hostage by the financial institutions that crashed our economy.
We hereby declare our community a Foreclosure and Eviction Free Zone. We will not leave our homes until the following demands are met.
• A moratorium on evictions. State and Federal authorities must stop all foreclosures and evictions until policies are in place to ensure stable, affordable, quality housing for all. Our public servants, city officials, police officers and sheriffs must not evict any resident who attempts to negotiate with their lender.
• Principal reductions. Lenders must rewrite all mortgages to reflect today's housing prices at a fair and affordable fixed interest rate.
• Investment in affordable housing. Vacant bank-owned properties should be placed under community control and used for affordable housing. Hundreds of bank-owned vacant properties sit useless in our neighborhoods, while homelessness in Hennepin County is at a 6 year high. 30% of the homeless are children.
Until this relief becomes a reality for all of our neighbors, we stand together against foreclosures and evictions.
We believe that safe, equitable, and affordable housing is a human right.
We shall not be moved.
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