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Richard Castaldo, Columbine Shooting Survivor, Fighting Foreclosure With Occupy LA's Help

3:07 pm - 11/29/2012
Richard Castaldo, Columbine Shooting Survivor, Fighting Foreclosure With Occupy LA's Help

Richard Castaldo fought for his life 13 years ago, after he was shot eight times during the Columbine High School massacre. Now he’s fighting to save his home.

The survivor, who will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair as a result of the shooting, moved to Los Angeles five years ago to pursue a career in music, only to fall behind on mortgage payments for his condo, NBC Los Angeles reports. He may have again found help in the form of Occupy Los Angeles.

“I feel like they’re really the only group that doesn’t have an ulterior motive,” said Castaldo, who admits he “should have known better” than to believe the value of his condominium would go up. Roughly 36,000 California housing units received a foreclosure filing in October, according to RealtyTrac.

Time may be running out for Castaldo, considering the condo is set to be sold at auction on December 6. But given other successes Occupy groups have had saving homeowners threatened by foreclosure, he may still stand a chance. Over the summer, Occupy Our Homes -- an offshoot of the Occupy movement -- saved the home of a Minneapolis woman and helped another resident of that city resist foreclosure in the same month.

There are others, like Castaldo, struggling with Occupy-backed battles to keep their homes. A victim of foreclosure is continuing the fight to save her home with the help of activists from Occupy Oakland, Mercury News reports.

Despite Castaldo's sad story, the foreclosure crisis has taken a turn for the better, at least for now. In September, U.S. foreclosure filings fell to to a five-year low.


OP: There's two videos at the source that didn't want to embed for me (because I apparently did bad things to LJ embeds in my past life.)
redstar826 29th-Nov-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Occupy Detroit has partnered with other local groups to get involved in fighting foreclosures. They've had some successes because the banks often really hate negative publicity and are a lot more willing to negotiate with the homeowner if they know they will face noisy protesters.

Nice to see that other Occupy groups are doing similar work.
romp 30th-Nov-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
And I understand the bank often doesn't have proof of ownership or how much money has been paid. So when told to prove they own a house, some banks can't. Hopefully, that happening less often since the housing debacle...
mollybarton 29th-Nov-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Don't read the comments at the source. They are hateful.
furrygreen 30th-Nov-2012 08:41 am (UTC)
After I read your comment I just had to read the comments and now I'm like D:! I need to take a shower now I feel so disgusted. Dx
wrestlingdog 30th-Nov-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
I don't think I can overstate how angry this makes me. I'm glad Occupy LA is helping him out, though.
shortsweetcynic 30th-Nov-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
i hope he gets the help he needs to keep his home. :(
geiselle 30th-Nov-2012 09:42 am (UTC)
Richard Castaldo is such an awesome guy.
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