Back in 2007, freelance writer Nancy Rommelmann interviewed several of her neighbors as part of a cover story
she wrote chronicling the ongoing gentrification
of her Portland
neighborhood on Northeast Cook Street .
Among those neighbors was machinist Arthur Campbell, who died little more than a year ago at age 60 of cancer of the lung and brain stem. And now Campbell's widow, Veverly Campbell, is fighting to keep her mortgage company from kicking her, the Campbells' 33-year-old daughter, and five grandchildren out of their home.
Veverly Campbell, an employee at a local non-profit, says when her husband was first diagnosed three years ago, the couple began working to change their loan payment plan. As a two-income household, the Campbells relied on both of their salaries to make their house payments. And Veverly Campbell says she and her husband knew tough times lay ahead with his illness.
A month before Arthur died in September 2009, Veverly Campbell says she got a forbearance on her GMAC loan, but that ended in January 2010. Since then, she's been working with the African-American Alliance for Housing
and an independent financial analyst to get her loan re-structured by Oct. 4—her deadline to pay up $24,000 in missed payments or face foreclosure.
She says her most recent plea to change her loan payments was denied through a letter that cited missing "documentation" Campbell says she has already sent.
"I have to keep jumping through hoops or they'll take my home," she says. "They might sill take it. But I just have to keep pushing forward."
Friends and co-workers of Veverly Campbell have set up a donation account at OnePoint Community Credit Union
and are having a bowl-a-thon fundraiser on Saturday September 25 from 2 pm to 4 pm
at Hollywood Bowl at 4030 NE Halsey St
. All the money that's raised will go to Veverly's mortgage payments or helping her move, if that's what ends up happening.