Families caught in foreclosure crisis unite in national campaign

A national campaign representing more than 50,000 families caught up in America’s foreclosure crisis has been launched, with the aim of making mortgage relief a key issue in battleground states during the 2012 election.

The Home Defenders League, launched on Thursday, plans to be active in 17 states across the U.S. recruiting members via phone and door-to-door campaigns. Staffed by people who themselves are suffering from foreclosure, the HDL wants to create a powerful lobby in swing states like Florida, Colorado, Nevada and elsewhere.

This weekend it will hold more than 20 rallies, phone banks and house parties to recruit supporters in a three-day membership drive. It is planning to tap into some of the 15.7 million American homeowners suffering from foreclosure or whose houses are “underwater” and thus worth far less than their mortgages.

It seeks to vet politicians on their attitudes towards a policy of resetting mortgages at current market levels, arguing such a move would keep families in their homes and provide a stimulus to the economy. “This country needs this. It is not just about helping struggling homeowners, it is about fixing our country,” said Amy Schur, head of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, which is one of 18 different groups that have backed the HDL.

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