I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and personally thank Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson for their hard work to fight foreclosures and evictions in Dutchess County. They use a two-part organizing strategy of legal defense and public action to keep people in their homes.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and I have had a working relationship for the past two years. We and many others signed petitions, attended vigils and contacted banks like Bank of America and the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union to help keep two families in their homes. Together, we all worked to prevent two homes (one in Wappingers Falls and the other in Beacon) from becoming vacant and another family from becoming homeless.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson organizes around the principle that fighting banks is a collective, not an individual, struggle. The ultimate goal is to educate, organize and support homeowners and tenants to defend their right to stay in their homes.
If you know anyone facing foreclosure and/or eviction, I strongly encourage them to contact Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson (http://nobodyleavesmidhudson.org/), New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (http://www.ag.ny.gov/consumer-frauds/help-homeowners) and their local elected officials for guidance. When we stand up and fight together, we win.