OWS Occupies Foreclosed Home, Won’t Help Struggling Owner Unless He’s Homeless

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A band of Occupy Wall Street protesters have taken over a foreclosed two-story home in East New York, made almost $10,000 in renovations, and have very publicly moved in a homeless family. While taking homeless people off the streets and putting them into homes emptied by Wall Street's own mortgage scam seems very much in keeping with Occupy's message — especially now that the winter chill has fully set in — one part of this story is a little concerning. The owner of the house, 28-year-old father of two Wise Ahadzi, reached out to Occupy Wall Street leaders to see if they would help him get his house back from the bank. They said they couldn't.

They told me I don’t qualify. So my lawyer asked what the qualifications are. [They said] I have to be with an organization and they’ll deal with the bank and you have to be homeless. They said they couldn’t help me.

This distinction seems a little odd, since the foreclosed homeowner is just as much a victim of Wall Street's greed — if not more. And it doesn't even look like the homeless family in question was living there when a Post reporter stopped by last week, although three occupiers were. Ahadzi's other issue with Occupy Wall Street: They've moved all his stuff into the basement and even knocked down several walls.