Nutter to tout Phila. mortgage program in D.C.

Mayor Nutter was scheduled travel to Washington today to meet with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to discuss the city's mortgage foreclosure prevention program.

Founded last summer, the program has prevented more than 600 residents from losing their homes. It has drawn interest nationwide from municipalities considering the plan as a model.

Nutter will also meet with Adolfo Carrion, director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, and members of Philadelphia's congressional delegation to discuss funding projects with money from President Obama's stimulus package.

"Cities are important on the president's agenda, and they [Donovan and Carrion] expressed interest in some of what's going on in Philadelphia, whether it's the green economy or the mortgage-foreclosure program or some other matter," Nutter said last night. "It's also an opportunity to update both of them on some of the things we're doing in Philadelphia." - Marcia Gelbart

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