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Here is a letter received by Scott Gowans at WOSU in Columbus. It shows to me the challenge we are all up against and why our work is so important. For is not the very fabric of our society being eroded? Without a concerted and group effort what will happen?
Dear Scott Gowans,
I ran into your article on http://www.columbusmortgagecrisis.org/ while searching for any info to help out my x-in laws. They are the only parents I have and I’ve exhausted myself trying to come up with some help for them. My father was an electrician for 40 years on and off at Elite Electric which was located in Johnstown, but relocated to Columbus near 161 and Cleveland Ave, making $40,000 a year. My mother works as a state tested nursing assistant for Friendship Village of Columbus for over 13 years now making just shy of $20,000 a year.
They have taken in my daughter, accepted her as their granddaughter and have helped me by placing her in their home while we work with her with her counseling.
Sadly, my father was laid off in a split second. He has been unemployed for a few months now, and has fallen behind on his mortgage. After contacting the “save the dream” program and a few other help links I had found for them, they are still at a dead end, and my father is struggling to become employed again to save their home. The home has been passed down in his family for some generations now. It is so saddening to me to be so helpless after they have stepped in and have been my parents and grandparents to my children since January 2003.
It’s frightening how fast and unexpectedly something like this can happen. He has so many trades, and has over 40 years of electrician service under his belt. He was the president of the Mid Ohio Ford Club since I have met him. He just lit up when he could put on car shows, and run the Mid Ohio Ford Club Spring Swap at the Columbus fairgrounds every August and raise so much money for the Earth Angels Foundation, and now he is fearing the knock on the door with someone on the other end telling him that they have to get their belongings out and leave.
I pray for everyone in this same situation, and I hope everyday that the economy will get better soon so that families like my ex-in laws will have a place to lay their heads at night, and be able to afford food and everyday costs of living these days.
Thanks for reading and God Bless.
The cities in Ohio were amongst the first to feel the recession – but now even the heartland is in the grips as this piece from WOSU explains. The piece also addresses a new reality for the youth of the state – no money and now a big question – what future? Will there be jobs and when for the youth?
LONDON, OH (wosu) – Later this week,the Labor Department will give its latest snapshot of the job market. Ohio’s unemployment rate remains in double digits. While Ohio cities have suffered much of the job losses, the slack economy also effects the state’s small towns where young people have begun to take notice.
“The recession has arrived.”
Ohio State University Agricultural Economist Matt Roberts says the economic downturn was a long time coming to rural Ohio and its farm economy. Agriculture is often touted as Ohio’s biggest industry. And it helps fuel the economies of some of the state’s smaller towns. Bucyrus, London, and Greenville come to mind. Roberts says record commodity prices last year boosted farm income. Tim White, editor of Ohio Farmer magazine in Lancaster, likens current conditions to a big squeeze and he cites the state’s dairy industry as especially troubled
“Milk prices are extremely low. Feed prices are extremely high and they’re caught in a big squeeze.”
White and Roberts made their comments at this year’s Farm Science Review. Nearly, 140,000 visited the three-day event, including many high schoolers on field trips. They too, sense an economic squeeze. 14 year old Carolyn Carmean and her friends live in Richwood, a small town northwest of Columbus in Union County.
“We just basically have one store. Its a very small town so there’s not much there so people can have a lot of jobs. ”
Carmean says the recession hit home when one of her parents was twice laid-off this year.
“Well I’m experiencing it right now. I’m going through it. We are unable to pay for our stuff so we have to move.”
Carmean and her friends are just getting started in their working lives. Nathan Bigham, also of Richwood, says he first noticed the sluggish economy while doing work laying pavers and bricks for outdoor landscapes.
“We do really fancy work and like people don’t want so much fancy stuff because they have to pay for it. And they don’t got the money so us masonry workers are out of jobs.”
As a result, Bigham says most days he has little or no spending money.
“Honestly, right now I am pretty much broke. So I don’t go to Mcdonalds much anymore.”
Megan Fogle, also of Richwood, says she’s also noticed a downturn in the local economy.
“I don’t know, it sucks, I guess. q) You really think so? Yeah. q) why do you say that? Because like everybody’s getting laid off and then they don’t have jobs and then they don’t have money and then they can’t buy anything or do anything.”
Interviews with other youngsters show similar concerns. 14 year old Dane Simpson of Marysville says he makes about 35 to 40 dollars a week making pizzas so he can keep some cash in his pocket.
“I have a job now but the economy’s so bad that I ain’t getting much hours and so its getting hard to buy stuff.”
Simpson says he’s been forced to cutback especially on his entertainment purchases.
“Well my X-box 360 broke so I don’t have enough money to buy that. So, I’ve given up alot of my X-box and all my other game systems.”
Simpson says instead of going out and buying games he now spends most of his weekly pay on food. Taylor Renick of Lancaster says his plight is even worse. He wants to go to college in a couple of years but he’s also having trouble finding work.
“I’m already looking. Q) how’s that going? Horrible, Yeah, no one will hire me,at all. Q) In Lancaster, what are your options? There’s like Kroger and Carnival and places at the mall and then there’s like Mcdonalds and Burger King and Wendy’s and all that.”
Renick says he wants to study law after he graduates from high school in two years. Bigham, Fogle and Carmean are undecided about their future plans. Simpson says he hopes the economy improves and creates more jobs for young people.
“I hope they do but I’m planning on going into the military where there’ll always be work.”
Tom Borgerding WOSU News
This is what I saw:
WGTE has expanded the available “Real Estate” – beyond the slot on the dial and the schedule – by using the web and by using face to face meetings – WGTE can reach people who may not ordinarily watch our programs. We have to serve a larger public – using the web and using partners like libraries for face to face – gives us access to that wider public.
WGTE has expanded the attractor of good content by creating the trusted space where people can exchange ideas and information – WGTE has become a Trust Bridge.
The result is that not only does it look as if Jennifer may keep her house – but that she is now linked to WGTE in a way that she would never have been if she only was a regular viewer and liked a show. Jennifer is now part of WGTE.
More – her story now uses the web to reach out to many others who may not be viewers. She may also go to meetings and offer up the encouragement of her own story to others that need support.
Great advice from WOSU – What can be more stressful than being under the gun financially? What can help the most? Keeping a routine.
From WOSU Columbus – in September Sesame Workshop will offer an hour long special on the impact of the Crisis on families and kids. We tend to look at the financial costs but what is the cost of having to take your kids out of school? Of moving to your mum? How does this affect YOU?
Blight is a growing problem – here is how Columbus is dealing with it from a City perspective” (WOSU Columbus)
Cleveland is where many cities may get too as unemployment drives more foreclosure. What happens when all the conventional paths don’t work anymore? What happens is that everyone starts to think of entirely news ways of doing things.
Here is a story by ideastream’s Mahri Saito about how some are getting out from debt that they could never ordinarily pay off – The “Extreme Short Pay Off”.
We have seen a number of cases now in the last month or two where lenders are in fact willing to write off a significant portion of the outstanding mortgage, some cases 80 percent, some cases 90 percent.
Gates …WHO DIDN’T HAVE SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SPARE…got her payoff funds from the state of Ohio THROUGH A FOREGIVABLE LOAN PROGRAM and FROM a low-interest loan PROVIDED BY her county GOVERNMNT, Cuyahoga. Gates’ mortgage is now JUST $53 a month.
Many renters have been badly affected by the crisis as the home they’ve lived in has been foreclosed under them. Here is a helpful piece from WOSU, Columbus. What is going on in your market?
If you are a renter and suspect that your rental property might have foreclosure issues:
Check to see if the property that you live in is currently in foreclosure.
The Franklin County Clerk of Courts website allows the public to search case information online at www.franklincountyclerk.com. In order to search, you need to look up the property in the case information online section on the website and search by the landlord’s name.
Call the Columbus Urban League at 257-6300 if you are a renter whose rental properties have been foreclosed upon. You may be eligible to receive funds that will assist with relocation costs such as a deposit for a new apartment and for moving expenses.
Call Senior Options at 462-6200 for information on the Senior Rental Rescue program. Free counseling and monetary relocation assistance is available to low-income senior households who are residents of Franklin County but live outside the City of Columbus. Senior renters facing foreclosure are often left with unpaid utility bills, moving costs and security deposits at their new homes. This program can help!
Where a Homeowner Should Contact to report problems with an abandoned home in their area:
City of Columbus Residents – Contact the City of Columbus at 311
Franklin County Residents: Franklin County Board of Health (614) 462-3160
Address: 280 East Broad Street, Room 200, Columbus, OH 43215
Web Site http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/board_of_health/