Lantana mom with twins on autism spectrum facing foreclosure after mistake in paperwork

LANTANA, Fla - Facing foreclosure can be both costly and stressful, but imagine facing those conditions after your husband died and you have two children with autism.  That's what's Lisa Field is facing.

"Every day I just feel like I don't know where I'm going. Is today going to be the day, is tomorrow going to be the day?" she asks.

Her 11-year-old twins Amy and Aaron have spent most of their lives in the suburban Lantana home. Both are on the low-functioning end of the autism spectrum, and this is where they feel comfortable.

"He looks just like his dad," Lisa said looking at Aaron.

Her husband, Jim, died a year-and-a-half ago from cancer.

"He was like my best friend, and I could tell him anything," she said.

They've lived in the house for 10 years, and didn't notice a mistake in their paperwork.

"We didn't realize I wasn't on the promissory note, and that my husband would pass this early in life."

Now she's looking at foreclosure and eviction from the house and the neighborhood where her friends know her situation.

"The neighborhood knows everyone here, knows that if Amy's gone they step into action and help," said Lisa.

Amy, like many with autism, has wandered away from home.

"This is one of the locks the sheriff's office suggested for us to put on," said Lisa, pointing to a lock on sliding glass door she installed after Amy had wandered away.

She jokingly calls her house Fort Knox, because of the security steps she's had to take.  She's tinted the windows in her daughter's bedroom to discourage her from looking out and wanting to get out. She's had to cover the screened in patio.

"We put all the lattice work, everything here and all around so she can't get out at all," said Lisa.

If she has to move to an apartment, she worries a landlord won't let her make those security additions and neighbors won't be as accommodating to her children.

"They're up all night sometimes. They have meltdowns sometimes."

For now Lisa is holding on to what she has and hoping she can work her way through this mortgage nightmare.

"It would be a great thing to be able to stay here," she said.

Lisa and her attorney said they've gone through the mortgage mediation process, but so far they've had no luck.


 


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