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Courts as Convenors: An Interview with Judge Annette Rizzo on the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program

Philadelphia's innovative Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program started in May 2008 in the courtroom of Judge Annette Rizzo. In the ensuing five-and-a-half years, 7,000 Philadelphia homeowners, many of whom are elderly, averted foreclosure. More than 80 percent of those who prevented foreclosure were still in their homes two years later.

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