See News Report by Rucks Russell / 11 News
HOUSTONSkyrocketing escrow fees and escalating mortgage payments have some low-income homeowners pointing a finger of blame at Habitat for Humanity.
Residents of the Cherie Cove subdivision in northwest Harris County blame the nonprofit agency for creating conditions that could force some families out of their homes.
Theyre not working with us and we dont know what to do, said Molly Selman, who has lived in the community since it first opened its doors in November of 2006.
Selman is one of several homeowners currently facing foreclosure proceedings. Selman said she fell behind on her payments because of escalating escrow fees.
Its gone up by more than a hundred dollars and I cant afford it, she said.
On Tuesday, neighbors attended a town hall meeting organized by activist Quanell X.
Theyve signed petitions and plan to attend another meeting next Thursday. Representatives from Habitat for Humanity have also been invited.
According to the director of development for Habitat for Humanity, the new fees are justified and residents have been given a thorough explanation.
It is Habitat for Humanitys desire that all of our partners become successful homeowners, said Habitats Rachel Wright. Thats why we work as hard as we can to keep them in their houses.
Selman said she used to be homeless and fears what could happen.
I dont want to be homeless again and see my family separated again, she said.