A woman who hopes to keep her foreclosed house invited activists and reporters Wednesday to her front yard in South Gate.
More than two years ago, the house in which Ana Casas Wilson and her family have lived since 1975 was sold in a foreclosure proceeding. Last Saturday, she says, the loan servicer Wells Fargo offered her $20,000 to get out.
"They want us out of here by Februrary 1st, but I’m not leaving," Wilson said, "and if I have to go to jail, so be it."
Wilson has cerebral palsy and breast cancer.
Wells Fargo wouldn’t confirm whether it made the offer, but in a statement, bank representatives said the company is focused on helping to ease Wilson’s transition to another residence. They added that before the foreclosure sale, Wells Fargo offered the family two options for modifying the loan.
Wilson says her troubles began when she refinanced the loan to make repairs. When monthly payments on the adjustable rate mortgage ballooned to $3,000, she says she and her family couldn’t keep up.