Target: CEO Donald Layton of Freddie Mac
Goal: Stop Freddie Mac from selling former meth labs as homes
With the recent economic downturn, it’s become common practice for people to buy foreclosed homes from listing agents. But one Oregon family was in for a horrific surprise when they found out that their sudden health problems were due to the methamphetamine residue left by the previous owners. Freddie Mac’s affiliated listing service company, HomeSteps, not only failed to test the home for harmful substances but now they refuse to take responsibility, even after the family’s petition for justice has gone viral. Help this struggling family fight against Freddie Mac for selling former meth labs to home buyers.
Freddie Mac released a defensive statement stating that the family bought the home in an “as-is” state and that they should have read the fine print. They continue to lay the responsibility on the young couple for not inspecting the home or running tests. The couple defends themselves and states that they were not told by the company to check for anything else but structural integrity.
Most unsuspecting home buyers can go for a long time before they realize the root of their health problems. Jonathan Hankins and his family were, in that sense, lucky. For 3 weeks, they dealt with mouth sores, dry mouth, severe headaches, and other health issues. Their neighbors discussed the possibility of the house being a former meth lab. Sure enough, after a quick sample test, they discovered 38 micrograms of methamphetamine residue. The minimum required by the Oregon Health Authority is 0.5 micrograms per square foot.
As a billion dollar corporation, Freddie Mac should take responsibility for their reckless and harmful decisions that take advantage of families that are economically struggling in these trying times. Now Jonathan Hankins and his young family are juggling two mortgage payments–one for their old home that’s infested with meth and one for their new meth-free home. Please don’t let Freddie Mac get away from their irresponsible and inhumane treatment of their customers and sign the petition for Jonathan Hankins and his family to have a decent and safe home to raise their family in.
Dear Donald Layton of Freddie Mac,
As you may well know, Jonathan Hankins, his wife, and their 2-year-old son moved into a foreclosed home in Oregon through the help of Freddie Mac’s affiliated listing service company, HomeSteps. Within 3 weeks, they were suffering from unusual health problems. It is fortunate that they discovered that their house was a former meth lab early on because the long term implications on a 2-year-old, as well as any person of any age, would have permanent and dangerous consequences.
Though I agree with Freddie Mac’s defense statement that homeowners should be active in pursuing information about their future homes, it is nonsensical to ask a young family that can barely afford a foreclosed home to go about testing for illegal and toxic substances for each potential home they are looking at.
Freddie Mac’s annual revenue exceeds well over $80 billion a year while most families struggle to find a decent and safe home to live in. It seems absurd for a billion-dollar corporation to ask their customers to do the job of the company. The goal of a company is to make money, but where do we draw the line, especially when a family’s health is at risk? I urge you to help Jonathan Hankins and his family gain justice for all the health problems, monetary struggles, and psychological stress they experienced through a situation that should never happen to any person buying a home. Freddie Mac has the right to make money but your customers have the right to stay healthy in the homes you sell.
[Your Name Here]
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