DETROIT – On Tuesday, a Detroit couple was on the verge of being evicted from their home of 22 years, before they were allowed to stay thanks to help from local advocacy groups including Occupy Detroit. The family is allowed to stay after a year of wrangling over the home’s foreclosure.
William and Bertha Garretthave lived in their home on Pierson Street on Detroit’s northwest side since 1990 and had been making consistent mortgage payments for years before a botched laser surgery rendered William blind in one eye and cost him half of his income. After a second surgery in 2003 left William legally blind, the family began to struggle with mortgage payments.
“My parents’ mentality is, ‘My daughter got married there, my two sons got married there, babies have been born here, this is not just a house,'” Michele Finley, the Garretts’ daughter told the Huffington Post. “This is our life.”