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Parkwood Farms hopeful for injunction to prevent eviction

Staff Photo: Tyler Estep 
Signs posted outside Snellville's Parkwood Farms Therapy Center on Monday call to "stop wrongful foreclosure" and "occupy our homes." The center, which provides therapy for autistic children, recently received an eviction notice but is fighting the process in federal court.

Staff Photo: Tyler Estep Signs posted outside Snellville's Parkwood Farms Therapy Center on Monday call to "stop wrongful foreclosure" and "occupy our homes." The center, which provides therapy for autistic children, recently received an eviction notice but is fighting the process in federal court.

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Staff Photo: Tyler Estep Ginger Jones (center) speaks during a press conference Monday at Snellville's Parkwood Farms. The farm, which serves as a therapy center for autistic children, recently received an eviction notice but is fighting the case. Parkwood Farms founder and CEO Dr. Marilyn Peterson (left) and volunteer Jill Davis (right) join Jones, who is the chief volunteer at the center.

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Staff Photo: Tyler Estep Ginger Jones (center) speaks during a press conference Monday at Snellville's Parkwood Farms. The farm, which serves as a therapy center for autistic children, recently received an eviction notice but is fighting the case. Parkwood Farms founder and CEO Dr. Marilyn Peterson (left) and volunteer Jill Davis (right) join Jones, who is the chief volunteer at the center.

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Staff Photo: Tyler Estep Ginger Jones (center) speaks during a press conference Monday at Snellville's Parkwood Farms. The farm, which serves as a therapy center for autistic children, recently received an eviction notice but is fighting the case. Parkwood Farms founder and CEO Dr. Marilyn Peterson (left) and volunteer Jill Davis (right) join Jones, who is the chief volunteer at the center.

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Staff Photo: Tyler Estep Ginger Jones (center) speaks during a press conference Monday at Snellville's Parkwood Farms. The farm, which serves as a therapy center for autistic children, recently received an eviction notice but is fighting the case. Parkwood Farms founder and CEO Dr. Marilyn Peterson (left) and volunteer Jill Davis (right) join Jones, who is the chief volunteer at the center.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Parkwood Farms hopes a Gwinnett County judge will help it stave off eviction by issuing an injunction this week.

The Snellville farm -- an equine-focused therapy center for physically and developmentally challenged students -- is fighting eviction following what founder Marilyn Peterson has called a predatory loan and subsequent foreclosure.

After a turbulent 10 days since the original eviction notice was served by Gwinnett County sheriff's deputies, Peterson said Friday that waiting on a local judge was the only thing left.

"It's been quiet on the old homestead," she told the Daily Post.

Peterson has been battling foreclosure by HSBC Bank and EverHome Mortgage for nearly two years, since she said her mortgage was unexpectedly sold and converted to an adjustable rate mortgage. When her rate doubled, the founder of Parkwood Farms said she was advised to miss a few payments to "qualify for some programs."

The foreclosure process "wrongfully" began when she did so, Peterson said.

As the farm argues against the foreclosure, Peterson and Kelvin Watson -- a mortgage consultant and self-described "advocate for homeowners" -- are attempting to get an injunction filed in Gwinnett to prevent an eviction.

Watson attempted to get the case before a judge on Friday, but, due to a paperwork technicality, will have to wait until Monday, he said. If granted, the injunction would essentially give the farm a temporary protective order against eviction.

"We just got wind of all this stuff last week," Watson said. "It's been a tornado trying to put it all together."

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Sean Smith said earlier this week that the department had an order to evict and is waiting for the bank to contact it to schedule that action. He could not be reached for comment Friday.

Everhome spokesman Michael Cosgrove released a statement to the Daily Post.

"While we are sympathetic to Peterson's situation, it is Everhome's policy not to comment on individual cases and we remain committed to honoring the privacy of our customers," he said. "Everhome analyzes the circumstances of each homeowner for appropriate alternatives to foreclosure."

The community has come together to support Parkwood Farms during its tough times.

A rally that Occupy Atlanta helped organize was held at the farm Monday and attended by students, volunteers, family and the entire Snellville City Council. A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday.

An online petition -- available by searching "Parkwood Farms" at start2.occupyourhomes.org -- had more than 2,100 signatures as of Friday afternoon.

Peterson said that, if the injunction is granted, the farm's horses could be brought back to the property within a few days. Classes could theoretically be reopened to begin the week after Thanksgiving.

All that remains up in the air, but she remained hopeful.

"We feel very confident that we're going to get this temporary protective order," Peterson said.

Comments

bhudon 1 year, 8 months ago

Ms. Peterson should contact Sam Olens, AG for Georgia. There have been a number of banks that have inpropreties with foreclosures, The banks don't care about the people anymore, they just want to get the properties. I know how she feels, we lost our home because the bank didn't care, Then earlier this month we got a letter from the AG that they were looking in to a number of foreclosures. Tell him what has happened and what it has done for autistic children. I wish her all the luck in the world dealing with this injustice, Also, have the parents send letters regarding the situation. Once they start the forclosure process and get you out, it will be more difficult. He will also know if this bank is one that is being investigated,. Good luck Ms, Peterson!

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