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ACTION wants legislation in Ohio to protect people who buy homes on land contact

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ACTION, or the Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing our Neighborhoods, wants action against predatory land contract owners who sell people a home where the renter is required to make repairs to bring the house up to code while paying the mortgage.

ACTION is made up of members from about two dozen churches who work to make Youngstown better.

Reverend Jeffery Stanford, the president of ACTION said, "We will do what we can to fight this predatory lending, to fight these people who are demoralizing us and allowing our city to be trampled upon underfoot we will not stand for that. We will do everything we can to get these people out of our neighborhood, out of our city and out of our state".

ACTION wants a city ordinance passed that will protect the poor from these schemes.

State Representative Michelle Lepore-Hagan has introduced state legislation designed to help. Lepore-Hagan said, "My legislation would require the seller bring the house up to code before they enter into the land contract and that they don't have any back mortgages or payment owed on the home that would then be transferred to the tenant."

ACTION also is working to bring a grocery store to Youngstown.

Rose Carter, executive director of ACTION said, "Youngstown does not have a grocery store."

People in the inner city face an urban food desert with no fresh produce or fruits to live a healthier lifestyle so we set up a pop-up food market. 

We are working on long-term solutions. We are looking for someone to donate a building.

We would like to see a grocery in store in the inner city like Toledo.

The store in Toledo is not only a grocery store, but on the top floor there are cooking classes, there was health information, doctors, education, and a community college."

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