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WUSA CBS 9 News Coverage. Over 900 VOICE leaders crammed in the Auditorium of Freedom High School with Senator Mark Warner and, for the first time, representatives from Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. We publicly made our demands to the bank representatives for accountability for the foreclosure crisis reaping havoc on Prince William County.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Over the summer of 2011, a team of more than 30 VOICE citizen investigators conducted research into how the “robo-signing scandal” – a national news story profiled on 60 Minutes, in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and more – affected Prince William County, Manassas, & Manassas Park. In the jurisdiction with the most foreclosures in the state of Virginia (more than 16,000) and the 26th highest percentage of underwater properties in the United States (47.4%), these investigators uncovered clear patterns. Many of the documents filed with the Prince William Clerk of Court appeared to have been produced without proper oversight, to have been hurriedly signed and completed, and to be potentially fraudulent. VOICE found obviously mis-matched signatures from bank officials and notary publics; they also found that at least 45% of the documents they analyzed were produced at sites under federal, state, or national media investigation for robo-signing.

VOICE published a report documenting their findings and is calling on key state and federal elected officials as well as the press to do the research and due diligence necessary to hold financial institutions accountable for the full extent of their robo-signing, potential fraud, and predatory lending in Prince William County, Virginia, and across the country.

Newscast from Channel 8 News reporter Kathy Park.

 

On April 10th 2011, 250 religious leaders and homeowners from VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) gathered in Manassas, Virginia to launch a campaign to hold key financial institutions accountable for the foreclosure crisis in northern Virginia. They are demanding bank executives streamline the mortgage modification system, fund non-profit housing counselors, and rebuild devastated communities (led by the worst lender in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park - GE and Jeff Immelt).

 

 

 

 

 

 

WRC (NBC) TV 4 Coverage - Alexandria Housing Redevelopment Sparks Concerns for Residents

 

Since the 1950’s the James Bland public housing complex – 8.5 acres with 365 units - rested across the street from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  In 2010 the land that James Bland is on was sold to a developer to create a mixed used development with $700,000 condos. Tenants had to relocate across town while the demolition took place. In the first phase of demolition of the James Bland complex, most public housing residents had no choice in where they would be relocated to; only an ultimatum. Some children were moved out of their school boundaries and elders were removed from the only community they knew. Some were given as little as 3 days to move under threat of eviction. Many of these tenants were not given relocation payments and were charged fees if they left furniture behind, too large to move with such short notice.

VOICE organized a multi-racial, multi-faith, cross-socioeconomic class constituency of clergy, lay leaders and public housing tenants to ensure that tenants were treated fairly and community concerns were taken into consideration during the redevelopment. After a one-year fight, the ARHA agreed to most of our demands including making relocation payments of $550 for each family that hadn’t received them (about $25,000 in total). VOICE was profiled on the cover of the Metro section of the Washington Post (Not Home for the Holidays) for our work organizing tenants.

 

VOICE leaders gathered at Lomax A.M.E. Zion Church in Arlington, VA.  In the midst of a recession, Arlington County officials agreed to support financially an additional full-time dentist at the NOVA Dental Clinic and to hold the line on expenditures for affordable housing and safety net programs.  The additional dentist allow up to 2,000 additional dental appointments a year for low income adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Founding Action

On October 5, 2008, at First Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, VA, 2,100 leaders from 51 congregations in Northern Virginia attended the founding of VOICE as an organization. Here, VOICE leaders presented their organizing theme: A New Dominion for Justice and Political Participation along with VOICE's action agenda to 27 elected political, corporate and civic leaders including former Governor Mark Warner, Virginia Senator Richard Saslaw, the chief executives of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, and Prince William counties. Key officials from each Northern Virginia political jurisdiction and from the Commonwealth agreed to work with VOICE to address this action agenda: Affordable Housing & Homelessness, Immigration, & Health Care/Dental Care.  Film by Annabel Park & Eric Byler

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