A Detroit community is willing to take matters into their own hands to deal with the growing amount of foreclosed homes in their neighborhood.
The community says the neighborhood has become a haven for criminals and they need help, as Comerica now owns the home.
Detroit resident Holly Smith is a teacher and says she loves her neighborhood.
“This house has a history like so many others in Detroit in that it was foreclosed on last fall,” said Detroit resident Holly Smith. “Comerica is now responsible for it, and yet nothing is happening and the neighbors are angry.”
Smith is angry that the home where she played as a child is now in such disrepair after the vacant home raiders hit the place.
“I’ve played in that house. It’s absolutely gorgeous. They went in and took everything apart and I could just cry,” said Smith. “It is unnerving. I feel so ill at ease all the time,”
The home went into foreclosure last fall. The woman who had lived there inherited it from her deceased parents and couldn’t make the payments.
Local 4’s Rod Meloni says the grass is dead in the front of the house and the back looks like a jungle. The doors are nailed shut because the block committee went to work.
Malik Yousif is part of that block committee.
"They were vandalizing the place,” said Yousif. “We found out and we called the police. They never came and we had to nail it up a bit and secure it."
Comerica took possession of the home in July. On Thursday afternoon, they provided Local 4 with the following statement:
“The grass for the property has been cut every two weeks and we are now ready to market the property. As with any property we hold through foreclosure, our goal is to keep the property maintained and prepare it for sale as quickly as possible.”
“They were in such a big hurry to put that young lady out, but they never came back,” said Yousif.
"Shame on you," said Smith. "Shame on you for forgetting about us."