You may have missed a story in yesterday’s Times about a woman named Wanda Dunn in Pasadena that set her house on fire and shot herself because she was being evicted due to foreclosure.
This follows the earlier tragedy from just a week ago, where Karthik Rajaram of Porter Ranch, distraught over finances, killed his entire family before turning the gun on himself.
They are both heartbreaking stories that are becoming more common as the foundation of our global economy continues to crumble. Stories like these should serve as a wake-up call to all of us, as friends, as co-workers, as neighbors. We have an obligation as Americans – as humans, to help each other in a time of need. It could be an earthquake, a fire, a hurricane, or a foreclosure.
It’s too late to help Wanda Dunn or the Rajaram family. I can’t help but think we all failed them when they needed us most.
If you or someone you know is facing foreclosure, start by calling the Los Angeles County hotline at 2-1-1.
CBS2 has a list of contact numbers for foreclosure prevention resources at six area WorkSource Centers. I re-posted them after the jump.
– The West Adams-Baldwin Hills WorkSource Center at 5681 W. Jefferson Blvd. The telephone number is (323) 525-3740 or TTY, (323) 931-9076;
— Metro North WorkSource Center, 342 San Fernando Road. The telephone number is (323) 539-2000 or TTY, (323) 539-2057;
— Southeast L.A.-Watts WorkSource Center, 10950 S. Central Ave. The telephone number is (323) 563-4702 or TTY, (323) 563-5684.
— Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks WorkSource Center, 15400 Sherman Way, Suite 140, Van Nuys. The telephone number is (818) 781-2522 or TTY, (818) 374-7024.
— Sun Valley WorkSource Center at 9024 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Sun Valley. The telephone number is (818) 504-0334 or TTY, (818) 504-1974;
— South LA WorkSource Center, 7518 S. Vermont Ave. The telephone number is (323) 752-2115 or TTY, (323) 752-9215.
Information about unfair evictions and discrimination is available by calling the Los Angeles Housing Department’s rent hotline at (866) 557-RENT.
Apartments residents have legal protections from evictions if their buildings are foreclosed and can call the rent hotline for assistance.
— Residents who have been victims of housing discrimination should call
the Housing Rights Center at (800) 477-5977.
People facing homelessness or needing mental health help can call the Los Angeles County hotline at 2-1-1. The Los Angeles County Mental Health Referral Line can be called at (800) 854-7771. The Suicide Prevention Crisis Line can be called at (877) 727-4747.