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Portage Family Fights Bank Of America

Posted at 7:25 PM, Apr 26, 2013

PORTAGE, Mich.– A family from Portage isn’t going down without a fight.

They have a message for Bank of America, “We are notleaving,” and its posted right in Mike Benthin’s front yard.

Benthin says since 2010 he has been fighting with the bank to keep their house after he missed a few payments when he got laid off. He says he has tried modifications, federal programs, and just reasoning with the bank to come up with some kind of option, but he keeps getting nowhere.

He even took his fight to the bank on Friday, joined by a handful of other protesters, to try to get his message across.

“I never wanted them to give me anything,” he said. “I just wanted them to make it so that I could afford to pay for the home.”

Benthin says he’s supposed to be out of his house Monday, but he will continue to do everything he can to stay. He has even found some help through “Michigan: Occupy Our Homes,” an organization that helps families fighting foreclosures.

“I don’t ask for handouts,” he said. “I don’t mind working for what I have.”