From NBC New York
A foreclosure showdown is set for this morning in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood where an elderly resident plans to use human shields to block authorities scheduled to forcibly evict her.
Mary Lee Ward, 82, has lived inside the home at 320 Tompkins Avenue for more than four decades.
She bought the building in the late 1960s, but in 1995 she fell victim to a predatory lending scheme that promised her $13,000 if she refinanced into a subprime mortgage.
“He said sign these papers,” Ward said, referring to the loan officer who persuaded her to take the cash-out deal.
Soon after, the great-grandmother who survives on a fixed Social Security income could no longer afford the increased mortgage payments. She has been fighting foreclosure ever since.
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