Retired cop fights for life, home - CBS46 News

Retired cop fights for life, home

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A cancer survivor and retired Atlanta police detective is fighting to save her life and her home.

Jacqueline Barber, a former 20-year veteran who is struggling with bone marrow cancer, may be evicted any day even though she and her lender had been trying to make a deal.

Barber has been locked in a year-long struggle to rescue her home from foreclosure.

Since December, Barber had been paying $1,800 a month to the Fayette County Magistrate Court as a sort of rent.

That money would go to the company that now holds her mortgage, GMAC, until the two sides reached a deal.

"I'm still paying $1,800. I pay them not on the due date but before the due date," Barber said.

Barber had offered to buy back her home for $150,000, but GMAC wanted $190,000.

Barber could not secure the financing she needed since she has a foreclosure on her financial record.

"As frustrating as can be," Barber said.

Barber received a letter, dated May 2, from Ocwen Financial Corporation, offering her a few thousand dollars for the keys to her house.

"It feels like fighting to save my home is most difficult," Barber said.

Barber, whose cancer has come out of remission, fears even if she can save her home, she may not live long enough to enjoy living in it.

"It's hard, but God is helping me," Barber said.

Advocates from Occupy our Homes Atlanta have been fighting to rescue Barber's home.

So far, Occupy our Homes has helped save nine houses, two churches and one farm from foreclosure, a spokesman for the activist group said.

Barber hopes the group can help her.

CBS Atlanta called Ocwen to get its side of the story, but no one from the company returned the call.

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