In the wake of the Great Recession, as the housing bubble burst and unemployment rose, millions of American families experienced a precipitous decline in their net worth. Those who were able to stay in their homes were able to weather the storm, but others couldn't.
Tragically, something more nefarious – and preventable – was also in play: foreclosure fraud. In his new book, Chain of Title, David Dayen chronicles how a small group of ordinary people uncovered the large-scale corporate malfeasance that undermined the financial security of families when they were at their most economically vulnerable. Scores of families were faced with eviction from their homes based on false evidence by mortgage companies with no legal right to foreclose.
Stories like this are, at once, a cautionary tale on how financial services firms can behave badly and an inspiring story of the citizens fighting back. Chain of Title provides a valuable context for the current and future fight to protect New York homeowners from the next wave of foreclosure scams, battles that continue to be waged on the frontlines by legal service attorneys and community activists.
Join New America for a conversation with David Dayen and leading housing and neighborhood advocates on how Wall Street has invaded our homes – and how homeowners are kicking them back out.
Author, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud
Director of Policy, Office of the Public Advocate of the City of New York
Director of Foreclosure Prevention, Legal Services NYC
Executive Director, Center for NYC Neighborhoods
Director, Asset Building Program, New America
Copies of David Dayen's Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud will be available for purchase. Follow the conversation online using #ChainofTitle and following @NewAmericaNYC.