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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., has seen the effects of the foreclosure crisis close up in his district and has been working continuously to try and stem the tide.
BALTIMORE — Rep. Elijah E. Cummings doesn’t need to go farther than his front stoop to see the scars of the housing crisis. “That one was foreclosed on,” the 61-year-old Maryland Democrat said on a recent morning outside his brick rowhouse in this city’s Madison Park neighborhood, pointing to an empty house nearby with a “No Trespassing” sign in the front window. “That house has been vacant now at least 9 months,” Cummings said, nodding across the street toward another home, its windows boarded shut. The owner lost his job and no longer could afford the payments, he said. “He was a good guy.” “This house here was in foreclosure,” Cummings said, pointing farther down the block. “I understand someone just bought it for a song and a dance.”Every community in the country has felt the sting of the housing bust, which has stretched into its sixth year.
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