A federal judge gave the Department of Housing and Urban Development more time to come up with a fix to help widows and widowers facing foreclosure on federally-insured reverse mortgages.

At a hearing Thursday, Judge Ellen Huvelle said she wasn't ready to grant a preliminary injunction halting foreclosures on four surviving spouses who weren't listed as borrowers on the mortgages. But she stressed several times that she wants HUD to produce “something” so she can rule on the “merits” of the policy solution. The department's attorneys told her they may need several months to comply.

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