Some squatters in a foreclosed home in Madison are being given the boot.
Madison Police told Desiree Wilson to leave the property on Madison’s West side this morning, and she complied. The single mother of two had moved into the vacant home this week, despite not having permission from the owner or the bank that holds a lien on the property.
Backing up Wilson in the effort to support her right to squat was a group called Operation Welcome Home. Group spokesman Z. Haukness wouldn’t say where Desiree is now, saying she doesn’t want to deal with media.
Wilson held a press conference on Monday to announce her intent to live illegally on the property, and to ask police not to intervene. The group had called for the home to be handed over to a public land trust, so it could be rented out to Wilson.
Haukness also wouldn’t say if the utilities bills will be paid, which Desiree had hooked up after illegally moving in.
The property is owned by a Verona man, but is under foreclosure. Bank of America is expected to take ownership in the future. The current owner had contacted police this week and asked them to remove Wilson.
AUDIO: Robin Colbert reports (:53)