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Home Loan Program Fueled Foreclosure Boom in Cleveland

In trying to turn people into homeowners, the city of Cleveland's participation in a federally-funded home loan program greatly exacerbated its foreclosure crisis.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer looks over recent real estate records to explore the city's role in aggravating the crisis.

"The city provided mostly low-income buyers with down payment loans of up to $20,000 through the federally funded Afford-A-Home program, but did little to determine whether the people could actually afford to keep their homes.

That lack of oversight persisted for years, even as hundreds of loan recipients defaulted on mortgages, many within two years, the newspaper found by analyzing property and loan records covering the period between 2000 and 2007."

Full Story: How Cleveland aggravated its foreclosure crisis

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