A Miami woman on the verge of being thrown out of her family’s longtime home received much-needed support from Occupy Miami Tuesday, when protestors showed up to fight her eviction notice. At the end of the day, however, it was her nephew who stopped cops from removing her from the property.
When deputies showed up to execute the eviction order, Angela Samuels showed an affidavit she filed Tuesday claiming her nephew, who lives in the 2-bedroom home at NW 46th Street, has not been served.
"Right now, where we stand is that there's a tenant that was not served through the foreclosure process who's tenancy should still be valid," said community activist Shannon Reaze.
Samuels has endured a long battle to stay at the residence where she says she’s lived for more than 43 years. Many of the problems she now faces started when her parents died four years ago.
Samuels told NBC Miami she was duped by an investor who took out a $136,000 loan on the home and then vanished. "He took all the home equity out of the house, left me with the mortgage and went into foreclosure,” she said.
On Tuesday, with Occupy Miami protesters behind her, Samuels pleaded with the new homeowners who bought the foreclosed property in an auction for $27,000.
They declined to speak to NBC Miami.
A circuit court judge has already dismissed Samuels' case. She hopes the courts will grant her another hearing to honor her nephew's right to stay in the home.
"The people are responding and rising up and coming out in solidarity of people who could possibly be victimized," said Occupy protester Muhammed Malik.
The new buyers have offered to sell back Samuels' home for an all-cash offer of $40,000. Samuels says she just doesn't have the money.
Samuels is awaiting her next court date.