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A bus ride away from foreclosure

March 7, 2009 | KCBS

Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO), PICO National Network

Dozens of Antioch families facing foreclosure are hoping a cross-country bus tour that ends in Washington DC will lead to a chance to save their homes.

About 45 people set out on Friday in the "Recovery Express," which will make stops in other cities hard hit by foreclosures-Chicago, Kansas City, and Flint, Mich.-picking up even more families along the way.

The action organized by the Contra Costa Interfaith Group is designed to present Congress with a visible example of why foreclosure help, and a softening in the rules governing consumer bankruptcy, are still so necessary.

"We know that bankruptcy reform is a real, real difficult fight in the House. And we know it's going to be an even more difficult battle in the Senate," said organizer Adam Kruggel.

Many in the group said they started struggling with mortgages when they lost their jobs. They received news that the national unemployment rate had topped eight percent with even more urgency.