90-Year-Old Woman Shoots Herself in Foreclosed Home
An 90-year-old woman became an unwitting symbol of the ongoing mortgage crisis--and its effect on everyday Americans-- after shooting herself in her foreclosed home as sheriff's deputies tried to evict her. Addie Polk survived the self-inflicted wounds, and was named during the debate over the bailout package on Capitol Hill. Polk lived in the house for nearly 40 years, taking out a new 30-year mortgage just four years ago. I wonder who would give a 30-year mortgage to an 86-year-old applicant.
Court records show Polk took out a 30-year, 6.375 percent mortgage just four years ago for $45,620 with a Countrywide Home Loan office in Cuyahoga Falls. She took out a line of credit that same day for $11,380.
Addie Polk is being treated at Akron General Medical Center after shooting herself at least twice in the upper body Wednesday afternoon, her city councilman said.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, mentioned Polk on the House floor Friday during debate over the latest economic rescue proposal.
"This bill does nothing for the Addie Polks of the world," Kucinich said after telling her story. "This bill fails to address the fact that millions of homeowners are facing foreclosure, are facing the loss of their home. This bill will take care of Wall Street, and the market may go up for a few days, but democracy is going downhill."
She lived. She's in the hospital, though nobody knows where she'll go after that.