How the foreclosure crisis turned four Seattle women into crusaders against predatory lending

Sitting in the house she fought to save from bill collectors, Dixie Mitchell, center, shares memories of her Southern upbringing and the life she and her husband built in Seattle. Clockwise from right is a fraction of Mitchell’s extended family, which numbers more than 50: great-grandsons Zelrico, 8, and Zaydhen Butler, 2, and granddaughter Yolonda Mitchell. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)
Sitting in the house she fought to save from bill collectors, Dixie Mitchell, center, shares memories of her Southern upbringing and the life she and her husband built in Seattle. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

The housing crisis of a decade ago turned home prices and people’s futures upside down. While the nation rebounded and the Seattle area launched into a historic economic revival, some homeowners found themselves facing foreclosure. Here are the stories of four women who fought to save their homes — and found a common cause.