From Robert Jamieson’s column in The Seattle PI:

THE MORTGAGE and housing market crisis has ensnared a lot of household names across the nation.

Now we can add a Seattle music icon to the list.

Jazz vocalist great Ernestine Anderson, who lives in the Central District, is in danger of losing her home, which is in foreclosure proceedings.

Friends and supporters citywide are trying to raise $45,000 by a June 30 deadline to prevent the 79-year-old woman’s six-bedroom family home from being auctioned.

Last week, the Anderson family contacted the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.

“They said, ‘We need help,’ ” James Kelly, the president of the Urban League told me Monday. “We want to make sure there isn’t a sign in front of her house that says, ‘sold.’ ”

According to public records, Anderson’s property in the 700 block of 19th Avenue is scheduled for auction July 11. As of April, the singer was in arrears of more than $30,000.

Anderson’s family has spoken privately to community members about their financial challenges.

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