Refusing to Give in to Eviction

On Jan. 19, 63-year-old Tanya Dennis hired a locksmith and broke into her South Berkeley home.

A former vice principal of Oakland’s Castlemont High School, Ms. Dennis said she wanted to resume living in her home of 27 years after foreclosure nine months earlier and eviction by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies in December. Ms. Dennis said she wants her lender, Wells Fargo, to reduce the principal she owes, creating affordable monthly payments.

“These banks got billions of dollars of our money. We can’t afford to be complacent,” Ms. Dennis said.

Tom Goyda, a spokesman for the bank, said Wells Fargo has “worked with Ms. Dennis for more than two years,” but that “there is no option for which Ms. Dennis qualifies.”

She is one of many struggling residents in the Bay Area trying to save their homes by turning up the heat on lenders.

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