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City Boards Foreclosed Owner Up Inside Home

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 posted by Tommi Crow

As if being foreclosed upon isn’t traumatic enough, one man from Minneapolis can attest that being homeless might not be the worst thing that can happen to you, if you lose your home.   

When the city of Minneapolis evicted Joe Poetsch from the home he had lived in his entire life, they actually boarded the poor owner up inside the home, then drove away.  Mr. Poetsch, like millions of other Americans, admited he made a few mistakes that caused him to lose the roof over his head.   But, talk about kicking someone when they are down…Imagine losing the only home you ever had, and then suffering the humiliation of being boarded up inside, then abandoned. 

Although hard to believe, it’s all true.  Read the story from the Star Tribune Newspaper below. 

Cane in hand, he lurched around, throwing a few things in bags, putting Kitty in the carrier. He heard the contractor outside starting to drill into the door frame.

Poetsch made his way down his narrow stairway, resigned to the end he had resisted for three years, through personal financial missteps, the false promise of a foreclosure“rescue” and a court victory that gave him short-lived hope.

He came to the door and realized that he was too late. A truck had driven away from the house, prompting those outside to think the tenants were gone. Poetsch had been boarded up inside his house.

City officials say Poetsch had ample warning that they were coming that day, but they say his brief incarceration was an unprecedented mistake. In many ways, Poetsch’s experience is emblematic of the forces that have fastened plywood over so much of the North Side and urban neighborhoods across America.

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