When Vera Johnson started her petition on Change.org this summer, she was at the end of her rope. For 18 months, Vera had been attempting to stop the foreclosure on her home and business of 32 years and secure a permanent loan modification. Time and time again, the bank would lose her documents, request duplicate information, or simply fail to call her at pre-scheduled times.
In Vera’s own words, "We are in a system where we're all looked at as account numbers, profits, risks, losses—anything but people."
Vera took her fight to Change.org and quickly collected more than 15,000 signatures. To build pressure on the bank, she delivered the signatures to a Bank of America executive and spoke to media outside BofA's Seattle offices. She even appeared on national television, drawing more people to support her cause.
Today, Vera Johnson was approved for a permanent loan modification, which will keep her and her family in their home. She sarcastically remarked, "I think I'm the first person to get one of these!"
This is just the beginning. Vera, like millions of homeowners, was just one person trying to save her home from foreclosure. Homeowners can take a stand together, and one home at a time, demand action from the banks that service their mortgage loans.