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For Immediate Release

Nathan White

Kucinich, LaTourette, 11 Other Members of Ohio Delegation Demand Foreclosure Relief

Request that Administration Reevaluate Criteria Used to Assess Foreclosure Crisis


Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Steven LaTourette (R-OH), with 11 other
Members of the Ohio delegation, have sent a letter to President Obama
demanding that the administration reassess the criteria used to develop
the $1.5 billion "innovation fund" to provide grants to "the states
that are the hardest hit by this housing crisis."

letter follows the exclusion of Ohio from the innovation fund and asks
the President to reassess the criteria so that Ohio and similar states
are eligible for the program.

cannot have a conversation about the foreclosure crisis in this country
without including Ohio. Ohio had a foreclosure crisis long before the
country did. The administration's decision to exclude Ohio from this
initiative simply fails to address the totality of the foreclosure
crisis. On the heels of the HAMP program that has similarly failed to
deliver relief to Ohioans, I cannot understand how the administration
could make a mistake of this magnitude. Our delegation has quickly
organized to say with one voice, 'This cannot stand,'" said Kucinich.

"I don't know how they hand-selected five states and overlooked Ohio. It makes no sense," said LaTourette.

View the letter with signatures here.

Dennis Kucinich is an American politician. A U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1997 to 2013, he was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2004 and 2008.