Local leaders rally in support of homeowner facing eviction

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February 20, 2014 // UPDATED 7:54 pm - February 20, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Several City Council members and Congressman Keith Ellison rallied with a group at City Hall today in support of Jaymie Kelly — a Powerhorn Park homeowner facing foreclosure.

The group, which included activists from Occupy Homes MN, called for policy changes at Freddie Mac to allow for more negotiations with homeowners. They also urged city and county leaders to stop using public resources to assist with evictions. Besides City Hall, the group made stops at the Hennepin County Government Center and the federal courthouse. 

Kelly ran for mayor in the 2013 city election to draw attention to her situation. She has owned her home for 30 years and said she's been the "victim of a predatory loan."

"I'm not asking for that much," Kelly said in a statement. "I'm asking for a negotiation at fair market value. My community stands with me, and we are not leaving."

Anthony Newby, executive director of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and a member of Mayor Betsy Hodges' transition team, said homeowners like Kelly need help now.

"While we push for federal level policy change, homeowners like Jaymie can't wait," he said. "That's why local progressive champions are joining us to demand that our city set an example for the rest of the country by finding creative solutions to keep families in their homes."

Seven City Council members have offered support for Kelly, according to Occupy Homes. They include Alondra Cano, Jacob Frey, Elizabeth Glidden, Cam Gordon, Blong Yang, Andrew Johnson and Linea Palmisano.