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Community joins together to prevent eviction of local family

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In an act of civil disobedience, almost 100 came out to defend the home of Springfield residents on the verge of eviction.

Aurora Bank is trying to evict Ana and Jose Mendez after their house was foreclosed upon. The family was served eviction papers two days ago after repeatedly offering to pay the bank rent to stay in their home.

Friday, supporters gathered outside of the family's home on Talmadge Drive in an effort to stop the bank's plans to forcibly evict the family.

The Mendez family, like millions of others, fell behind in their payments due to a loss in income.

Jose Mendez tells CBS 3 that for 18 months the bank granted them temporary trial payments. And at the end of making those payments, Mendez says the bank refused to permanently modify their loan.

More than 200 signatures have been gathered in support of the Mendez family, and several city councilors and representatives from Sen. John Kerry's office have called the bank urging it to accept rent.

Friday's eviction was canceled, but there is no word yet on what the next action from the bank will be.

CBS 3 has reached out to the Colorado bank for comment but have not yet received a call back.

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