Stop BofA's Foreclosure on Vera Johnson's Home & Business
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Stop BofA's Foreclosure on Vera Johnson's Home & Business

    1. vera johnson
    2. Petition by

      vera johnson

      Seattle, WA

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September 2011

Victory

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.


I’m a single mother of two kids and a proud Seattle business owner. When our family fell on hard times, I asked the bank for a loan modification that, under law, I am qualified to receive

Now, Bank of America is trying to kick my family out of our home and foreclose on my business. But with your support, I’m fighting back.  

I have been trying for 17 months to get a loan modification with Bank of America, providing endless copies of paperwork and being told repeatedly to resubmit lost or misplaced paperwork. A Seattle reporter verified the bank’s carelessness in dealing with my case, in a story here.

Bank of America even went so far as to “block” my account to prevent any payments to make sure my account went into late payment so as to “help jump start the loan modification action,” as they put it! Is that legal?

As a small business owner and well-respected member of the community, I am ready to make my story public. This is my home as well as my job. I am a divorced, single mother of two. I was recently awarded the house and property, as this is where I work. 

I own and operate the home-based business Perennial Nursery and educational center in a very culturally diverse community. This business hosts many classes for our community, including planting, permaculture, sustainability and composting. We host schools and camps for classes and educational tours.  We also work with the South Seattle Community College by proving internships and training programs. 

I regularly work with many schools in the area, local non-profits, and South Seattle Community College and strive to bring my community together by collaborating with other business owners in the White Center/Seattle area.  It's time for homeowners and business owners to stand up together. We deserve a fair, reasonable process for pursuing loan modification. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory! Vera Johnson Saves Home from Foreclosure

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      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 with Bank...

    2. BREAKING: Vera Johnson to Receive a Permanent Loan Modification

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Vera was awarded a permanent loan modification, meaning she'll be able to stay in her home and keep her business! Your support made the difference in Vera's campaign. More information to follow.

    3. Vera Johnson is cautiously optimistic

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Johnson reports that, "[The bank's employees] appear to be really trying to help me, but I have reservations about trusting that. I am supposed to hear by the end of next week."

    4. Delivering 10,000 Signatures to Bank of America

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      For Vera Johnson, fighting foreclosure isn't just about keeping her home. It's about keeping her job. Vera runs a thriving nursery business on her property in Seattle. Recently divorced and raising two kids, Vera needs this job to provide for her...

    5. Vera Johnson on MSNBC

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      VIDEO: Watch Vera Johnson on MSNBC as she speaks about delivering your petition signatures to Bank of America.

    6. Reached 12,500 signatures
    7. VIDEO: Vera's Petition Delivery

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Click the link above to watch as Vera Johnson delivers your 10,000 signatures to a Bank of America executive.

    8. News Coverage of Vera's Delivery

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Watch news coverage of Vera's petition delivery. Stay tuned - the fight isn't over and we need to keep supporting Vera's campaign to save her home. Share this petition with friends and family.

    9. Your signatures to be hand-delivered today!

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      The bank has responded to Vera's campaign by stopping foreclosure on her home. Now she's calling on Bank of America to work with her in granting a permanent loan modification. She'll be hand-delivering your signatures to a bank representative today.

    10. Reached 10,000 signatures
    11. Can we reach 10,000?

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Vera is hand-delivering your signatures to Bank of America tomorrow. She needs to reach 10,000 signatures by the end of today. Can you sign and share?

    12. BREAKING: Foreclosure Stopped, but Loan Modification Still Needed

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! The bank has stopped foreclosure proceedings on Vera Johnson's nursery business and home. But Vera still needs a permanent loan modification. She'll be hand-delivering your signatures to a BofA representative next week.

    13. Reached 9,000 signatures
    14. WATCH: Vera Johnson Speaks at Bank of America Branch

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Follow the link above to watch Vera speak in front of her local Bank of America branch: "It's clear to me that Bank of America is not willing to help and not willing to treat me as a human being with the respect I deserve."

    15. Reached 8,000 signatures
    16. Can we get to 10,000 by the end of the week?

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      If she receives 10,000 signatures in support, Vera plans to hand deliver your messages to a Bank of America branch in Seattle. Help save Vera's home & nursery business by asking friends and family members to sign.

    17. "Foreclosure Fairness Act" Takes Effect in Washington State

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      A new law took effect last week to help homeowners in Washington State. The law helps notify homeowners early in the foreclosure process that they have the right to mediation and should contact an attorney or housing counselor for help.

    18. Reached 7,000 signatures
    19. The bank called today

      vera johnson
      Petition Organizer

      If I don't come up with 14888.99 I'll be back in foreclosure process.

    20. Reached 4,000 signatures
    21. Keep talking!!

      vera johnson
      Petition Organizer

      The bank claims (on the phone)they have halted all foreclosure proceedings, however, the letter in the mail today stated otherwise. Please keep spreading the word, this fight affects everyone!

    22. Reached 3,000 signatures
    23. Take this survey!

      vera johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Answer questions about BofA's business practices!

    24. Do this survery!

      vera johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Take this survey about Bank of America's business practices!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • michelle sutton STOUGHTON, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      Im signing because my grandfather worked his whole life to support our home of 6 women and when the economy crashed we lost everything. The mortgage rates kept increasing and our home went into foreclosure...now its on auction for $211,000 the price we could have afforded. Dont let them take your home or small business, the two things that make this country strong. You go girl, fight for it! God bless

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    • Barbara Klinger PERKASIE, PA
      • about 3 years ago

      Because BofA does a lousy job and they should be ashamed of themselves. Brian Moynihan has a whole group of people making sure no one can ever speak with him. I went through the loan modification process with them and it was a full time job! It is amazing that they can never receive a fax, and when they do it takes two months to get in their system!

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    • Kathy Krivit LIGHTHOUSE POINT, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      I'm getting screwed by B or A too! They took over a loan which I did not qualify for that Countrywide shoved down my throat. I needed 20k and that amount wound up being the closing costs, revealed on the day of closing. I was on the MHAP and current when B of A kicked me off. now they want more. I salute them with my middle finger and now want a new loan based on the current value of the property as my modification

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    • Adele Louise Bertaud OAKLAND, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Bank of America ought to get out of the banking business as it gives the industry a bad name. I have read and heard so many negative things about Bank of America in the past few years. I can tell you I would put my entire wealth under my mattress rather than do business with BOA! Shame on Bank of America, and a "pox on all your houses" including those of your Board!

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    • James Carroll O'FALLON, IL
      • about 3 years ago

      Because of the story behind what Bank of America is trying to do. And my son posted iton facebook and he does do any thing unless he completely believes in it.

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