Not only are people being threatened with foreclosure of their homes and businesses but here we have an attempt to foreclose a CHURCH. Not only that but they have brought the action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, a highly unusual procedure for a foreclosure.

    Furthermore this loan was originated by Greenpoint Mortgage Funding, LLC which, although it denies all wrongdoing, has agreed to pay out $14,750,000.00 to settle claims of discrimination against African-American and Hispanic persons whose residential loans wer originated between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2008.  Ramirez v. Greenpoint Mortgage Funding, Inc., United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 08-cv-00369 (T E H) WDB. The loan which pertains to Harvestime was also originated in that time period, but because it is not residential, it is not included in the class-action suit.

    I have started working with Harvestime in May of 2011. We are trying to let the political leaders know of this situation and the unusual process Harvestime is facing. We hope they can help, especially in light of all that Harvestime and its members have done for the community.

    Kindly consider contacting the elected representatives listed below and let them know of your concern for this situation. I have written a sample letter. Please feel free to make any appropriate changes to it, or write one with you own thoughts if you prefer. Thank you for your support. To use text from the sample letter, just highlight it and drag and drop it into your word processor.

    The elected representatives whose districts include Harvestime are:

    Senator Charles Schumer                               Senator Kirsten Gillibrand               Congressman Edolphus Towns
    757 Third Avenue, Suite 17-02                      780 Third Avenue, Suite 2601        10408 Flatlands Avenue
    New York, NY 10017                                    New York, NY 10017                      Brooklyn, NY 11236

    State Senator Kevin S. Parker                        Assemblywoman                             Councilman Jumaane D. Williams
    1300 Flatbush Avenue                                    Helene E. Weinstein                       4517 Avenue D
    Brooklyn, NY 11210                                      3520 Nostrand Avenue                    Brooklyn, NY 11203
                                                                            Brooklyn, NY 11229 

    Thank you for your support.