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Sunny Story: Neighbors Help Woman Facing Eviction Keep Her Home


Photo: Sharolyn B. Hagen/Washington Post

A Minneapolis woman was saved from being evicted when her neighbors helped her buy her home. For nearly twenty years, Linda Taylor has lived in a little white stucco house close to downtown Minneapolis. She used to own the house, but she fell prey to a real estate deal she didn’t understand and has rented the home for the last 15 years.

Earlier this year, Taylor was given two months notice by her landlord to vacate the premises. The landlord planned to sell the home and was asking $299-thousand — much more than she could afford. But even though the situation was distressing, she was determined to stay in her home. Taylor shared the bad news with her neighbor, Andrew Fahlstrom, who is a professional housing rights advocate and he started spreading the word among the other neighbors. About 400 people from the community signed a letter to Taylor’s landlord asking him to delay the eviction and he responded by giving her a couple of months and lowering the asking price to $250-thousand.

Then a group of Taylor’s neighbors worked together on a massive fundraising effort. They held a block party, ran social media fundraisers, and even put on an art show where some of Taylor’s paintings were sold. They got donations from $5 to $15-thousand, and then a local church donated $200-thousand and Taylor had enough to buy the house. On May 31st, a month ahead of the deadline, she closed on her home and after 20 years, it is finally hers.

Source: Washington Post


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