On Brink of Foreclosure, Duluthian Keeps Home After Community Support

By KBJR News 1

January 23, 2012 Updated Jan 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - We first brought you Duluthian Ann Lockwood's story when her home was on the brink of foreclosure and the community was rallying around her.

Now, that support has paid-off.

From the community effort from the group "Project Save Our Homes" good news emerged.

From more than 1,000 supportive signatures, to crying-out in the streets, to less noticeable work behind the united front, one woman has always said she couldn't be more grateful.

"I'm so thankful, that I don't feel alone anymore," Ann Lockwood said earlier this month.

Lockwood had fallen behind on her mortgage after a job loss and a medical crisis, which left her with only one leg and pile of payments.

After a long community effort, the bank is giving her a second chance allowing her to stay in her home.

"Ann has been offered a brand-spanking new, crispin' shiny mortgage from State Farm Bank. It's a long-term mortgage with low interest and low monthly payments," announced Donna Howard of Project Save Our Homes.

"It's the work of a lot of people that have come together to really demand justice and to receive it today," said St. Louis County Commissioner Steve O'Neil.

"Thank you so much for your support, for your actions, you're, I mean, you don't know what it's like to feel like you're all alone, and then finally realize that there's people there that are going to help you and care about you. I'm very, very grateful," said Lockwood.

She said she's grateful to all those, including the State Farm bank, that have proven to be good neighbors.

More than two dozen organizations have endorsed "Project Save Our Homes".

The group wants to get involved to help others like Lockwood keep their homes.

There is an informational meeting on February 1st at 7:30 at the Pilgrim Congregational Church for anyone interested.

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