Media Advisory on New Solutions

ADVISORY

News from SEIU 517M and New Solutions

Monday, April 2, 2012

Contact: Cathy Bacile Cunningham, (517) 281-2979, CathyCBC@gmail.com

Saginaw Citizens, Leaders to Propose New City Policy to Hold Banks Accountable for Neglected Foreclosures

Press conference Tuesday to detail community effort

SAGINAW – Citizens and city leaders will gather at a vacant, neglected house on in Saginaw on Davenport Avenue on Tuesday, April 3, to propose a Saginaw city policy to hold owners of foreclosed on homes – including big banks – accountable for failing to maintain those properties. The plan has broad support as a way of forcing the big banks that caused the foreclosure crisis in the first place to take responsibility, rather than allowing them to force our community to absorb the financial costs and suffer the damage that blight and related problems cause.

Who: Greg Barton, Saginaw fire marshal; Grady Holmes Jr., lead organizer, Ezekiel Project; Annie Boensch, Saginaw City Council member; John Stemple, chief inspector, city of Saginaw/SCENIC; Nina Jones, Saginaw resident; Anderson (Andy) Johnson, Saginaw Waste Water Department employee and SEIU Local 517M member

What: Press conference proposing a city policy that would hold owners of foreclosed on homes – including big banks – accountable for failing to maintain foreclosed properties

Where: Media will meet at the corner of Davenport Avenue and Hanchett Street in Saginaw then walk to a run-down foreclosure near the intersection

When: Tuesday, April 3, 11 a.m.

Visuals and sound: Run-down foreclosed home; signs held by participants; large map of foreclosed homes in the area; press conference speakers (one-on-ones available)

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