A homeowner in trouble

Seven On Your Side
November 12, 2008 10:03:34 AM PST
This is story about a homeowner in trouble, but with a twist. She's fallen behind on her mortgage not because she owes, but rather, because the government owes her. "I'm scared I'm going to lose my property, said landlady Faith Oliha. She told Seven On Your Side's Tappy Phillips, "I don't think it's fair for me to lose my property because I'm trying to help people out."

Faith Oliha is a month behind on her mortgage. She rents out an apartment in her house to a family on public assistance. As part of that deal, Faith should get more than a thousand dollars a month from the Newark Housing Authority.

"No money since August," says Faith. That's when she first filed the paperwork. In September, the housing authority signed off on the subsidy. But today, Faith is owed more than three grand. The reason for the delay? Computer problems.

"Since August and it's telling me okay we're working on it when the computer comes back up you'll get your check and it's another month. no check," says Faith.

But after we called? Faith got all the back rent, plus November's rent in advance. More than four thousand in all. "Thank you very much, said Faith. "I'm grateful to Channel 7."

The reason for the delay? Newark housing told us it replaced the computer software that caused a dreaded glitch. The spokesman couldn't tell us if other landlords' payments were delayed. But he did say the problem has been fixed.


Story by: Tappy Phillips

Produced by: Steve Livingstone