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Friday, June 29, 2012

victory! (for now)

Today, Francesca sent us an email:

Dear Amazing Friends,
This has been a very hard time and you have all helped me tremendously.  If not for you I would have given up on the fight to stay in my home.  I would not have had the strength or faith to fight without your support, guidance, and practical help, including getting the word out. I've always believed in the power of the word but now I believe even more.
Yesterday I received the final word from Bank of America that they are temporarily reducing principle, with a lower interest rate and a monthly payment much less than what I have been paying. In 2037 it will balloon again and I will have to pay off the principle. They say I can refinance then, or who knows...that is a long time. I still have a second smaller loan that will balloon shortly and can go up to a much higher rate of interest, and I will have to fight that one next (it's also still in my mom's name) but for now this is a victory.
Once again, I am deeply grateful. My children and I want to thank Change.org and everyone who signed this petition.  When I felt like giving up, you gave me the strength to go on and  every morning I wake up in my faerie cottage for the next 25 years I will think of you with gratitude. I am honored to consider myself an example of a Change.org victory.  You have renewed my faith in life on a profound level.
Love, Francesca

So dear blogreaders and supporters: Officially, the petition has been closed!

You made this happen. Be assure that if anything comes up again with regard to Francesca and her children having secure housing, we will gratefully call on you once more—but for now, the victory is yours. Thank you for all you have done.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

update from Francesca

Francesca recently updated the timeline of her struggles to refinance her home. She wrote:
I am trying to stay in my home and am making my monthly payments but the financial burden of a loan with an exceedingly high interest rate on an over-encumbered (underwater) property is taking a huge toll on my mental and physical health. Since I went public with this, BofA has been very polite and I have been working with a very pleasant gentleman who has been trying to help me. However, I am still in the exact same position as before, being told that there are problems because I am current with my loan and because the loan is not in my name, even though I am the sole owner and have made all the payments for five years. I hope that BofA will continue to work with me.
You can read more at her blog, Love in the Time of Global Warming, and see the whole timeline in its frustrating complexity.

As her fans, we really hope the bank can do better than this, and urge them to try! Two thousand strong and growing....

Saturday, June 9, 2012

over 2,000 signatures! and, real progress with BofA

Hi everyone—we have good news to share today. Not only do we have more than TWO THOUSAND signatures on our Change.org petition, and are headed toward our goal of 2,500—but even better:

Bank of America is really starting to work with our beloved author! There have continued to be roadblocks and a great deal of red tape, but in spite of many ongoing delays, your actions have helped this bank realize what a valuable customer Ms. Block is to them, and that they must work with her to solve the problem. We want to thank you for your ongoing support, which has brought this situation to its present place: still not resolved, but on a good path toward that resolution, and you have made the difference. And thank you, Bank of America, for showing good faith toward our friend!

There is still work to be done and every signature still helps and counts—the fight isn't over. If you haven't yet, please consider sharing the petition via Facebook or Twitter:


Finally, for your viewing pleasure, here are a couple of videos of the Faerie Cottage in action, peopled with all those who live and love and work and write and dance there—one with Tori's beautiful song "Spark," and another from talented artist Mccabe Russell (please click here to see that one on Vimeo). We hope you enjoy these, and share them with your friends and with fellow fans!