Bridgeport grandmother facing eviction claims to be target of predatory lending practices
State and local lawmakers are trying to help a Bridgeport grandmother who's being evicted from her home due to what she says are predatory lending practices.
Pansy Wright, 68, tells News 12 she's about to become homeless after spending more than 40 years working as a public school math and English teacher.
"When I'm coming home in the evening I am thinking that my door is going to be locked and I can't enter in because that's what they put in the letter," said Wright. "I can't sleep," she added. "It affects my health. I just can't sleep."
Wright, who says she has a doctorate in education from Fordham University, said a credit card company got a lien on her home for a $10,000 debt incurred by her husband who's now deceased. She has lived in the home for more than three decades.
"I would like to live in this house until I pass away," she added. "That was my dream when I bought it and that is still my dream."
Lawmakers tell News 12 that Wright deserves better than to be the victim of a predatory lender. Sen. Richard Blumenthal met with Wright and her family in Norwalk last week and said he may be facing an uphill climb. But in doing so, he does plan to fight for Wright and report the company's practices to State Attorney General William Tong.
"I'm very troubled by the finance company's action to evict Ms. Wright from her house, which is worth far more than the debt appears to be," he said.
State Sen. Dennis Bradley has also pledged to help Wright in her predicament. He too plans to send a letter to the Attorney General outlining what he calls predatory practices.
"Mrs. Wright, and families that are similarly situated after surviving such a terrible pandemic should never ever lose an ounce of sleep thinking that they're going to lose their home for a simple credit card debt," said Bradley.
News 12 reached out to the lender who has not yet responded to a request for comment.