LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Los Angeles mother and her disabled daughter were kicked out of their West Adams home due to foreclosure.
But, this time, the bank had a heart.
Juan Fernandez, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, spoke to the fortunate mom about the fortuitous turn of events. “I wouldn’t have wishes this on my worst enemy,” she said.
Reports Fernandez, it now appears Dirma Rodriguez, her two sons and her 27-year-old disabled daughter, Ingrid, are home to stay.
Several shorts weeks ago, the West Adams home she purchased 27 years ago was sold at auction after she fell behind on loan re-modification payments.
Rodriguez and her family had no place to turn. Meanwhile, Rodriguez was fighting with Bank of America… and looking for apartments.
She told Fernandez finding a place proved difficult. Her daughter’s special needs — Ingrid has cerebral palsy — didn’t make it easier.
Desperate, Rodriguez contacted several community groups including Occupy Fights Foreclosures — the battle to save the Rodriguez home began. Suzanne O’Keeffe, with Occupy Fights Forclosures, says the bank didn’t treat the Rodriguez family right. She charged they not only didn’t fill out the proper paperwork to foreclose, they waited too long.
Rodriguez explained that her problem started when she refinanced her home. She added on a rental unit and retrofit the house to suit Ingrid.
The new loan meant higher property taxes. Her house payment rose from $2,700 a month to more than $4,000 and that’s when she fell behind.
Now, she is determined not to look back. “It’s time to look forward,” Rodriguez said. “Thank God the bank listened.”