SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Jacqueline Thompson is in danger of losing the home she grew up in. It’s a saga she said began after her father was diagnosed with cancer.

What You Need To Know

  • Phil Anthropy House claimed to be a nonprofit that help get homes out of foreclosure

  • The organization is no longer in operation

  • Jacqueline Thompson claims Phil Anthropy House scammed her, leaving her with debt and a second foreclosure

  • The organization's lawyer denies any wrongdoing

“I was trying to take care of my father, take care of the necessary things that were taking place,” Thompson said. “He was scared out of his mind and he was just saying, ‘I don’t know what to do. The house, the note is too high.'"

The home went into foreclosure in 2017, and she was told about a nonprofit organization called Phil Anthropy House. They promised to buy the home and she would pay rent for a year, with the promise they would sell the house back. However, Thompson said that was never contractually written.

“Because we had no other choice,” she said. “We felt like our backs were against the wall. They really had us feeling like they were helping us.”

In 2018, when the year deal was almost up, Phil Anthropy House did not sell the house back, and Thompson explained that they began an eviction process to remove her from her home through a letter.

"In just a matter of a couple of lines, [they said,] 'As you know, we purchased the property from your parents in the short sale and we will not renew your lease.'"

Thompson added that the company would deed the house back to the family after failing to make any mortgage payments, causing another foreclosure.

“The treasurer and tax collector sent taxes to the house, and it’s under the name of Phil Anthropy House,'" she said. "We found out that the property was in default $29,000.”

Now, Thompson is worried about being out in the street in the middle of a pandemic. We reached out to Phil Anthropy House attorney Ronald Appel, who responded to the allegations.

“My client saved her home from foreclosure,” said Appel. “She failed to abide by her agreement to pay payments for the mortgage, taxes, and insurance. She has lived in the property for free for over 18 months.”

Phil Anthropy House is no longer in operation. Their attorney said it is because they helped save so many homes from foreclosure, with many of them going into default, thereby causing them to run out of funds.

Meanwhile, Thompson’s attorney reached out the U.S. Attorney’s office to inquire about an investigation of Phil Anthropy House.

"They asked a lot of questions," said Thompson. "They were very thorough, and I hope ultimately that they will be able to something and step in right away."

The U.S. Attorney’s Office had no comment.

As for Thompson, she is doing all she can to fight, with a foreclosure date set for December 16. Her father is now cancer-free, and she wants to make sure she keeps the home he worked so hard for.