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|Lesbian couple keeps home thanks to Occupy Atlanta|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|December 19, 2011 16:53|
A lesbian couple in Riverdale, Ga., will get to stay in their home after successfully negotiating a refinanced mortgage with the help of activists from Occupy Atlanta, according to an article published today on Huffington Post.
Brigitte Walker, and her partner Ajai Craig, turned to Occupy Atlanta for help earlier this month when Walker, a veteran on 90 percent disability, found out her home was facing foreclosure by mortgage holder, JP Morgan Chase. Walker said at the time her limited income through disability and JPMorgan Chase's unwillingness to negotiate new terms to the loan meant she was in "a deep hole."
Members of the Occupy movement moved in with Walker and Craig, drawing national attention to the couple's case. Occupy Atlanta also canvassed Walker's neighborhood and even set up "Occupy Riverdale" headquarters in Walker's garage. Huffington Post reports that a loan modification became official earlier today, which will save the couple “hundreds of dollars” a month in mortgage payments.
"I strongly believe Occupy Atlanta accelerated the process and helped save my home," Walker told Huffington Post. "If it had not been for them standing up, I probably wouldn't be having this happy ending."
Occupy Atlanta released a press statement today saying state Sen. Vincent Fort, civil rights icons Joseph Lowery and Joe Beasley as well as other Occupy Atlanta members will be at Walker's home on Tuesday morning to make an announcement.
Foreclosure rates in Georgia are among the highest in the nation, according to the RealtyTrac Midyear 2011 Market Report. Occupy Atlanta has turned its attention to foreclosed homes in the metro area after being forcefully removed from the city's Woodruff Park earlier this year over public safety concerns.
Top photo: Occupy Atlanta aids Riverdale lesbian couple remain in home (by Ryan Watkins)
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