ATLANTA (WAOK)-It is not often that you hear of a 103-year-old woman being in danger of eviction, but it nearly happened in Atlanta this week. Vinia Hall and her 83 year old daughter have lived in their Penelope Road home for more than 53 years.
In 2002 another family member took out a second mortgage on the home from Deutsche Bank National Trust, according to Fulton County Civil Superior Court records. That loan ultimately was administered by JP Morgan Chase. According to the AJC, seven years after getting the loan — in March 2009 – Deutsche foreclosed on the property.
Hall and her daughter have remained in the home while talks to avoid foreclosure proceeded, according to WAOK Talk Show host and former Atlanta City Council member Derrick Boazman. It was Boazman along with state Senator Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta and representatives of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed who negotiated with the banks to keep the two elderly women from eviction.
Fulton County Sheriff deputies and movers showed up on Tuesday with moving trucks to evict the women, but left without moving one piece of furniture. All along Ms. Hall professed her faith in the Lord while Boazman, Fort and community activists breathed a sigh of relief but stepped up efforts to get Chase Bank to pardon the loan.
Chase, Boazman said, “should write this off at a loss.”
On Wednesday, JPMorgan Chase, announced a decision to work out a deal with the family so that Ms. Hall and her daughter can stay in the home.
“We will work out a resolution to keep them in the home,” Thomas Kelly, a spokesman for the bank, said in an emailed statement.
Sen. Fort, not completely convinced that the women are now safe from eviction, issued the following statement upon hearing that Chase will work out a deal.
“Chase Bank has issued a statement saying that they will ‘work out a resolution to keep them in the home’. I will not be satisfied until a formal agreement has been reached. Main Street has bailed out Chase Bank,but where is the bailout for 103-year-old Vinia Hall? Until they are in touch with those in the community and reach a formal agreement, we will continue to demand Chase Bank and Deutsche Bank do the right thing.”
—Sen. Vincent Fort
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