Kathleen Horan, Reporter, WNYC News
Kathleen Horan is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio, covering the neighborhood beat. She also reports 'Reset', an ongoing series documenting police-community relations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Occupy Wall Street protesters have taken over a foreclosed home in Brooklyn that's been vacant for years so a homeless family can stay there.
Alfredo Carrasquillo, 27, said he'll be sleeping in the property on Vermont Street in East New York. He plans to make improvements before his wife and 2 kids move in.
"This is the community fighting back and I'm willing to take any consequences that come with that because I feel the real criminals are Wall Street and the big banks that are taking these homes and leaving families homeless," Carrasquillo said.
Carrasquillo and his former partner and children's mother, Tasha Glasgow, have been in and out of the shelter system, most recently staying in a place in the Rockaways without heat or hot water.
He said they've been speaking to neighbors and have been reaching out to people on the East New York block and so far they’ve been supportive.
Protesters said the home was foreclosed by Bank of America several years ago.
A Bank of America spokesperson said the home is in the foreclosure process, and still belongs to the homeowner, adding in a statement that "Bank of America is committed to helping our customers with home retention solutions and other foreclosure avoidance programs. Foreclosure is always our last resort."
An NYPD spokesman said he couldn't speak to the particulars of this case, but generally if someone occupies a property that isn't theirs its considered trespassing.
Over 300 protesters marched through the East New York neighborhood touring abandoned and foreclosed homes. They carried signs saying "Foreclose on banks, not people" and "Affordable housing for the 99 percent."
Protesters said similar actions took place elsewhere in the country Tuesday.
With the Associated Press