Uptown Rally for Disabled Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2015
For Information:
Alan Mills, Uptown People’s Law Center, 773.769.1411, alanmills@uplcchicago.org
Megan Groves, Uptown People’s Law Center, 310.625.5726, megan@uplcchicago.org

THURSDAY, APRIL 2
Press Conference and Rally, 12:45 PM, Daley Center, 50 W. Washington
Court Hearing, 1:30 PM, Room 1501

Community Members Rally in Support of
Elderly Disabled Woman Evicted by Her Son

Chicago, IL – Blanca Peña is a 75 year old disabled Latina woman whose son, Miguel Peña, is evicting her from her home. The home, located in Gage Park, was purchased by both of them for her to live in, and Ms. Peña has been there for 25 years.

On April 2 there will be a hearing, where the judge will either evict Ms. Peña or choose to send the case to a jury trial. Supporters will be gathering at a rally before the scheduled court time, and then entering the courtroom as a show of support for Ms. Peña.

Uptown People’s Law Center, a nonprofit legal organization specializing in tenants’ rights, is representing Ms. Peña, who speaks limited English. Alan Mills, Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center, said, “This is grossly unfair. Ms. Peña and her son bought the house together, and she’s lived there for 25 years. The law should not allow a son to throw his elderly, disabled mother out of her home.”

Ms. Peña provided a home for Mr. Peña while he was growing up. In 1990, Mr. Peña told his mother that he was going to buy her a house because he didn’t want her to have to worry about paying rent or living in poor conditions. They moved into the house in Gage Park. Ms. Peña helped pay the mortgage over the years and paid for extensive repairs to the home. Though Mr. Peña moved out in 2007 when he got married, at no time did he say his mother would need to leave, until the filing of this eviction. Ms. Peña is unable to work, and unable to afford market rent.

“There are three legal reasons why Ms. Peña has a right to stay in her home. First is promissory estoppel, a legal term that means ‘keep your promises’. Second, she has an easement which allows her continued use of the home. Finally, he failed to serve her with a proper notice of tenancy termination,” said Alan Mills, Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center.

Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC) is a nonprofit legal services organization specializing in prisoners’ rights, Social Security disability, and tenants’ rights and eviction defense. More information is available at the UPLC website. Further updates and information for the press conference and rally can be found here.
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