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South Gate Resident and Supporters Continue Vigil, Await Eviction

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has yet to evict the longtime South Gate resident and cancer patient.

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Supporters of Ana Casas Wilson, 50, who suffers from cerebral palsy and has stage four-breast cancer, are still holding their ground at her foreclosed home of forty years at 8968 San Juan Avenue in South Gate.

The eviction notice on her home expired Wednesday at midnight and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has yet to enforce the eviction.

(LASD) Headquarters in Monterey Park to give a letter to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, where they ask him to not enforce the eviction order.

“What we would like is for the sheriff to give a clear picture of what they are doing,” said Peter Kuhns, a community organizer with Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). “All they would say is that they would reach out to the bank.”

According to a press release issued by ACCE, Casas Wilson, refinanced her home, but was not able to make the payments on her mortgage after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009.

James Wilson, her husband, had to quit one of his jobs to take care of her, but now is currently employed by the Lynwood Unified School District.

Casas Wilson is accusing Wells Fargo, which is servicing the loan, and US Bank, owner of the loan, of ignoring her request to negotiate a loan modification with her, and disregarding the fact that she can now make the regular payments.

According to statements given by Vickee J. Adams, a spokesperson for Wells Fargo, to the Los Angeles Times, the bank considered loan modifications several times in 2007.

Adams also told the Los Angeles Times that Wells Fargo promised to give $20,000 in relocation assistance to Casas Wilson and her family, who at first accepted the offer but later turned it down.

"What could get lost in all this is that we've done a lot here," said Adams, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We've really tried to work with the Wilsons."

Casas Wilson is currently undergoing chemotherapy to treat her advanced cancer. Her own physician, Dr. Han Koh of Kaiser Permanente, insists that moving her could be very dangerous for her health.

“Mrs. Wilson should not be removed from her current residence,” wrote Dr. Koh in a letter provided to Patch by ACCE. “Any external stress will likely cause irreparable harm to Mrs. Wilson’s wellbeing and can easily result in a premature death.”

This is not the first time that Casas Wilson has faced a looming eviction. According to Rebecca Casas, her mother, the LASD has failed to carry out previous attempts upon noticing the severity of her daughter’s condition.

“If they try to move her she could pass away,” said Casas. “The cancer has gotten worse.”

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