Lenders may have foreclosed on hundreds of homeowners in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park using unreliable, “robo-signed” documents, according to a report by the group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. Read more about Probing Pr. William foreclosures, group sees widespread irregularities, ‘robo-signed’ papers
Luis Lemus is more than just a college student and activist for Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement.
He is also the spokesperson for families in Prince William County staring down the barrel of foreclosure thanks to potentially fraudulent practices associated with robo-signing. Read more about VOICE shouts for foreclosure change
Prince William County has the highest rate of foreclosures in Virginia, and residents of one neighborhood who blame the foreclosure rate on the practice of 'robo-signing,' are demanding accountability from the banks and an investigation by state officials. At the height of the foreclosure crunch, approximately 25 percent of homes in the Georgetown South development in Manassas were foreclosed and vacant. Read more about Prince William Residents Blame Robo-signing For Rash Of Foreclosures
The Georgetown South Community was built in the mid 1960s and was considered a standout neighborhood at the time. It was the first of its kind—row houses built in the likeness of Georgetown on the Potomac River.
Fast forward several years; past the real estate crash and foreclosure crisis and that same neighborhood of 860 units has 75 vacant properties. Read more about Homeownership Gets a VOICE
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.
The nation’s lingering housing foreclosure mess is too often about folks with McMansion-size aspirations and duplex paychecks, granite counter appetites and laminate budgets.
And when we hear that one of the nation’s hot spots for foreclosures is Prince William County, we nod knowingly, thinking of the vast tracts of huge new homes and the dreamers who drowned in them. Read more about As N.Va. neighbors show, housing mess isn’t limited to the irresponsible
The city captured the “State Neighborhood Youth Effort of the Year” for its national pilot “1 By Youth” project that took place on April 24 in the Georgetown South neighborhood. Read more about City captures state award for youth project
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.