Foreclosing on Mabel

A case of predatory lending
All Mabel wanted was a roof over her head. Well, a bit more than that: she wanted the same roof that had been over her head for most of her life. Mabel and her husband, Chester, had bought the house back in the 1940s under the GI Bill. They had raised their children there, and she and Chester had grown old there together. It was a simple home, a plain, Chicago-style brick bungalow, but it was hers. Mabel had been struggling to keep her house ever since Chester died. With Social Security she could cover the mortgage that she and Chester took out ten years ago to pay off some bills, but every year taxes and insurance were going up.


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