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Stealing Home: Foreclosures, Evictions and the Legal System

Stealing Home: Foreclosures, Evictions and the Legal System

By Marc Lampson
Public Services Attorney

(First of Two Parts)

“Rich man took my home and drove me from my door and I ain’t got no home in this world anymore.”

— Woody Guthrie

Home

The word “home” has a special resonance in English, and especially so in American English some say. A home is more than a house, and having a home does not always require owning a home:

“Home” evokes thoughts of, among many other things, family, safety, privacy, and community. In the United States, home and home ownership are held in high cultural esteem, as American as apple pie and baseball.1

Losing one’s...

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