The Story of Addie Polk

Below is a story originally published in the New Yorker about a woman named Addie Polk. It shows that anyone can be impacted by the mortgage crisis – even those who may seem unlikely victims. The article also brings to light the intense phychological toll that a foreclosure can take on individuals. It’s not just people’s credit reports that get hit when their home is foreclosed on, it’s their entire way of life.

So, if you or someone you know is at-risk of foreclosure there are resources available to help. If you live in the St. Louis are you can call the United Way’s 2-1-1 referral service at 1-800-427-4626 or visit their website at If you do not live in St. Louis you can call 1-888-995-HOPE or visit HOPE NOW website at

To read the New Yorker story click here or on the picture below.



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