Occupy Wall Street Protesters Take Over Single Dad’s Home

foreclosureThe Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Kids have taken over a single father’s house, squatting themselves inside and claiming to be doing it for the good of the 99%. Last month, they announced that they would be taking over a foreclosed home and moving a homeless family in off the streets.

The only problem with that plan (aside from the whole trespassing thing), is that the row house is still legally owned by Wise Ahadzi, a single dad who has been in foreclosure proceedings with Bank of America since 2009.

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Mr. Ahadzi purchased that house in 2007 for $424,500, and spent two years making the agreed-upon payments. Unfortunately, he lost his job in 2009, and the housing bubble burst lowered the value of his property to $150,000, so he couldn’t sell it and recoup his costs.

So far, OWS has spent $9,500 breaking into the house and setting up camp for Alfredo Carrasquillo, an organizer for a group that works closely with OWS. When the New York Post stopped by to investigate, it found the family not in residence. The protesters there said that the family did not stay there regularly, and refused to comment on how many protesters were currently living there.

Let me get this straight: OWS took over a privately owned home because the bank ‘screwed’ the owner, even though the owner entered into a purchase agreement with his own free will, then they spent $9,500 on ‘renovations,’ instead of helping said owner reclaim his property, and have moved in themselves under the guise of helping another homeless family. 

And we’re supposed to take these people seriously?

Ahadzi recognizes the absurdity of the situation. Confronting the OWS occupiers, he asked, “Why can’t you fight for me?”

The response was that he ‘didn’t qualify.’ His lawyer asked about the qualifications, and they said Ahadzi needed to be with an organization and he had to be homeless. After the homeowner was unable to make his mortgage payments in 2009, he moved himself and his two young daughters into a tiny (yet affordable) 2-bedroom apartment nearby while he tried to work out the finances with the bank. 

“I’m pissed off,” he said.

“I’m trying to get my house back, and they’re trying to take it from me.”

 

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