One of our fans made us aware of this situation, a WWII and Korean War Veteran, who had a stroke last year is facing eviction, along with his wife and disabled daughter. Mrs. Scott has tried to contact Freddie Mac to ask them to help her, but they will not return her calls.
“We don’t want a handout,” Sally Scott said from the porch of her Creve Coeur home. “We just want a fair deal, and we want someone to actually talk to us.”
Sally said she has never spoken to a representative from Freddie Mac over the phone or in person, even when they put her home into foreclosure several months ago
SBS who services their loan, said if they could talk Freddie Mac into rescinding the Foreclosure, they would work something out with the loan. Freddie Mac was bailed out by taxpayer dollars at over $120 billion! I think they owe it to this Veteran to give them a damn phone call!!
Here is the story from the local station in their area:
CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI)– On September 11 as America remembers those who served, a local Korean War veteran who’s suffered a stroke faces eviction.
Bob Scott was an army engineer in Korea during the heaviest fighting between 1950 and 1952.
In 2007, he suffered a stroke. As his medical bills climbed the economy crashed. His furniture accessories business went bankrupt. About a year ago he and his wife were unable to make their mortgage payments.
“I worried. You can’t sleep at night. With my husband being disabled, you try to go on with things as normal as you can. And keep my husband and my daughter, who is mentally handicapped, as stable as can be,” said Sally Scott.
That stability vanished with an eviction notice from Freddie Mac, the giant home loan lender that was bailed out by taxpayers to the tune of $120 billion.
“I haven’t been able to get hold of Freddie Mac. And basically, SPS, the loan servicer, said if you can get Freddie Mac to rescind the foreclosure, we’ll work something out with them,” Sally stated.
FOX 2 also tried to contact Freddie Mac about the Scott’s foreclosure. No one got back to us. So Sally Scott turned to community groups to try and stop the foreclosure.
“Not only Freddie Mac, but other large banking institutions, I mean, they would not be around if it weren’t for our tax dollars,” said Zach Chasnoff with Missourians Organizing for Reform. “And you know, I think it’s important that they don’t take that for granted.”
So far, Freddie Mac won’t budge.
And now comes the court hearing. If the judge says no, Sally Scott, her mentally handicapped daughter, her disabled husband and his combat medals will all end up on the street.
And Sally and former Corporal Bob Scott fight on despite the odds.
The foreclosure hearing is at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The eviction itself could follow within a few weeks unless Freddie Mac agrees to stop the foreclosure and modify the Scott’s loan.
by Charles Jaco
We have been told that the Foreclosure was postponed temporarily to give some time for an agreement to be had, but Freddie Mac has still not contacted the Scott’s back as of yet.
The following are contacts we have been provided that have refused to help these people.
The following Freddie Mac staff and attorneys have refused to negotiate on the case when approached by Sally Scott and her supporters:
* Donald H. Layton, CEO, +1 703-903-2000 (say “Donald Layton” to transfer call), Donald_Layton@freddiemac.com
* Brad German, Public Relations, +1 703-903-2437, Brad_German@freddiemac.com
* Patti Boerger, Media Relations, +1 703-903-2445, Patricia_Boerger@freddiemac.com
* Chad Wandler, Media Relations, +1 703-903-2446 or +1 571-236-2533 (cell), Chad_Wandler@FreddieMac.com
* Aaron Elking, Attorney at Martin, Leigh, Laws, & Fritzlen, in Kansas City, 314-862-5200 or 636-534-7600, firstname.lastname@example.org
After their staff refused a loan modification approved by a HUD-certified counselor, Freddie Mac auctioned back to themselves the home of 65-year-old Sally Scott and her family in west St. Louis, Missouri.
Sally and Bob Scott purchased the one-story brick home 11 years ago and didn’t have problems with the bank until five years ago when a cerebral hemorrhage left Bob wheelchair-bound and with a feeding tube. Sally says she missed a few mortgage payments as she struggled to navigate Bob’s skyrocketing healthcare costs–something she was ashamed of until recently. Bob, 84, had owned a furniture store until the stroke and still receives an income from Social Security and Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
I don’t know about you, but I think Freddie Mac owes it to this War Vet, to call him or his wife and at least try and help them out!!! He gave us a fighting chance, and we owe it him to give him one!!!
Here is another story about this Foreclosure of Scott Family
We have spoken directly to Mrs. Scott, and this is what she sends us:
Dear Sir, Because this case is in litigation I am unable to comment on the specific allegations you cited.
That said, I want you to know that since the housing crisis began we have helped 5.9 million borrowers (including veterans and those on active duty) stay in their homes by refinancing, modifying, or temporarily forbearing their mortgages. Our company works with the military and our lender partners to help those who serve our country meet the housing challenges they may face here at home. For example:
- We recognize that Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders present military families with unique challenges in a tough housing market. That’s why Freddie Mac treats PCS orders as a financial hardship that can qualify borrowers for mortgage relief, including a loan modification or a short sale.
- We are in partnership with the Armed Forces, lenders, and nonprofits to educate and counsel military personnel on homebuying and home preservation solutions. Freddie Mac employees bring their expertise to workshops, conferences, and town hall meetings across the country to directly assist members of the military.
- Our 1-800-FREDDIE mortgage specialists are available five days a week, 12 hours a day and are specially trained to respond to the housing challenges of military personnel and veterans.
- More resources are available on a dedicated section of our website, Mortgage Relief Options for Service Members(http://www.freddiemac.com/
avoidforeclosure/military_ assistance.html). It offers a wealth of information for service members facing financial challenges.
Mrs. Scott advises that she will be able to make the $1500.00 bond payment, but still no word from Freddie Mac.
She also wanted to tell you all this:
“We wanted to express our gratefulness for all of the support we have received, but it is not a surprise the brotherhood of the military goes very strong & deep.
In less than four days we have reached our initial goal of $10,000! We will continue with the fund for the alloted time, as we are allowed to go over the goal, which we have already!!! Thanks to everyone who has helped either by donating, sharing, or contacting the people in this story. I am PROUD to be an AMERICAN!
Contacting the Freddie Mac people that were listed by email / signing the petition would greatly help to get them to work with us.
UPDATE: Mr.Scott wanted to say a few words to everyone who has stepped forward and helped him and his family. He picked up Japanese while in WWII and starts of by thanking us in Japanese.
Go here and like the video and leave some comments for Mr. Scott The Scotts thank the fans if Guardian Of Valor and facebook.com/stolenvalor.
We sent out the check to the Scotts from the GoFundme account, after the sites fees the check sent was for $11,471.71. Here are a few screenshots showing us sending the funds out.