Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
General News

Foreclosure, fraud and third world living-In the United States

By       Message M. Davis       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   1 comment

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...)
Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

Author 5475
- Advertisement -

Forgotten and ignored in the long line of horror stories about foreclosure are the tens of thousand of apartment dwellers who live in foreclosure hellholes, where landlords and apartment complex owners play games, lie, steal food out of the mouths of babies and leave desperate apartment residents living in unsafe, unsanitary, Third World hellholes.


A social work student in Texas relates the story of how she spent Thanksgiving in what is supposed to be the richest country in the world. Her family lives in an apartment complex, whose management company apparently skipped out with the mortgage payment, failing to pay sewage and a host of utility bills.


- Advertisement -

The owner allegedly filled his apartment complexes with Katrina survivors, pocketed a skad of Section 8 voucher money, then neglected to pay utility bills, maintenance or upkeep, not to mention the mortgage. The upshot of the deal is that people are living in an apartment complex, which has sporadic water and sewage service, leaving residents to buy garbage cans and fill them up with water, just in case the water goes off again.


In her blog entry, the student wrote:

- Advertisement -

This company has been doing this all over Texas for years. When Katrina first occurred, the owner filled nice apartments with hurricane victims carrying Section 8 vouchers and stopped paying to bills. He has cheated residents and management alike, promising them deposits and reimbursements that never come. One past resident nicknamed him the "Slumlord of the South" in a forum. He has become a master at taking advantage of people who are either ignorant of their rights or do not have the resources to fight for them. (blog entry)


All over the country, “Home, Sweet Home” isn’t sweet any more. Through no fault of their own, thousands of people who live in apartments that are being foreclosed on, and are left out in the cold--literally filling up the nation's homeless shelters to overflowing. Although many have paid timely rents, owners, property managers and others have managed to keep from paying the mortgage on their property, sending apartments around the nation into foreclosure.


In the Twin Cities, it has become a major problem. One reporter writes:

When landlords face foreclosures, tenants often lose their housing. Rights and leases can extend for months after a sale, but many families are scrambling and some are finding themselves homeless. (Star-tribune on line, “Wave of Foreclosures Hits Renters”, 10-29-2007

- Advertisement -


In the Minneapolis-St. Paul area alone, the newspaper reports that

Metrowide numbers are hard to come by, but at least 2,500 tenant households are expected to be disrupted by foreclosures in Hennepin County alone this year, according to a county task force. Hennepin accounted for about 27 percent of the state's foreclosures over the last two years. (Ibid)

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3


- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

Wanna be member of the anti-word police, author, columnist, activist and muckraker extraordinaire. Author of:

Land, Legacy and Lynching: Building the Future for Black America

Urban Asylum: Politics, Lunatics and the Refrigerator (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Europe riots, food prices rise and jobs disappear: what's next for the US?

Heating, eating or sleeping: pick one

Days from Economic Meltdown: "Dr. Doom" says up to 33% of regional banks could fail

Kids Charged As Adults: The Death of the Infancy Defense

Legacy of the Debt Industrial Complex: Wrecked marriages, stress, suicide

Tanking Economy Generating Worldwide Violence, Drug Abuse