Fattah seeks stimulus funds for soon-to-be foreclosed

    Politicians and the unemployed in Philadelphia are joining forces to call on the federal government for more mortgage assistance.

    Politicians and the unemployed in Philadelphia are joining forces to call on the federal government for more mortgage assistance.

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    Philadelphia’s Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program has become a national model to help those facing sheriff’s sale.  Congressman Chaka Fattah has introduced a bill to help the unemployed.  He says stimulus money from the federal government needs to be used to stop foreclosures.

    Fattah: There are people who have lost their job. We don’t want them to lose their home, because if they lose their home we all lose.

    Fattah says most federal stimulus money is being directed to people who have already lost their home.

    Joe Benner is out of work and a year behind in his mortgage.  He says he doesn’t want to lose the home his family has owned for 28 years.

    Benner: People are falling through the cracks. We don’t need that. We are human beings. That’s all we ask.

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