Civil rights group are calling for an immediate six-month moratorium on foreclosures so that borrowers with subprime hybrid mortgages can transition to a more affordable loan product."If lenders, servicers, Wall Street, and policymakers allow the flood of subprime foreclosures to continue rising unchecked, years of economic progress in communities of color will be wiped out," NAACP Washington bureau director Hilary Shelton said. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Fair Housing Alliance, the National Council of La Raza, and the Center for Responsible Lending joined the NAACP in calling for a moratorium. These groups contend that subprime lenders targeted minority communities with reckless and unaffordable adjustable-rate 2/28 mortgages, and now the borrowers are losing their homes on a massive scale. "Those responsible for these mortgages have a duty to fix the broken product they sold just like everyone else," CRL president Mike Calhoun said. "The industry must work quickly."

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