On July 11th, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights,” a bill drafted by Attorney General Kamala Harris, which would protect working families across the state against unfair bank lending practices that ultimately lead to foreclosures. “The California Homeowner Bill of Rights will give struggling homeowners a fighting shot to keep their home,” said Attorney General Harris at the signing event. “This legislation will make the mortgage and foreclosure process more fair and transparent, which will benefit homeowners, their community, and the housing market as a whole.”
This is a big win for all Californians and sets an example for a larger, national conversation.
Our union was one of the first to endorse Attorney General Harris in 2010 and we worked tirelessly to get her elected. She promised to work hard for our members and all Californians, and she did just that through this legislation.
In November of 2011, ULTCW member Rose Gudiel and her disabled mother stood up to OneWest Bank and Fannie Mae to save her La Puente home in a historic fight that set the tone for families fighting against unfair foreclosures. Earlier this year, ULTCW members collected hundreds of petition cards from their communities, churches, neighbors and friends to show our overwhelming support for this initiative.
Between 2008 and 2011, one million Californians lost their homes to foreclosure and another 700,000, many of whom are our own ULTCW members, are on the brink. Thanks to the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights, working families now have a voice over unfair big-bank policies.
This proves even more that when we fight, we win.
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