There is "no quick solution" to the problems in the credit markets, Treasury secretary Henry Paulson said, but he noted that the Bush administration is considering ways to help homeowners who are facing foreclosure."We are really focused on the homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes and thinking about policy options to address that segment of the market," secretary Paulson said during an interview on CNBC-TV. The secretary did not reveal any proposals for homeowner assistance. However, it is known that Department of Housing and Urban Development officials are working on a proposal that would allow delinquent subprime borrowers to refinance into a Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgage. Congress is on track to provide $100 million in additional funding for foreclosure prevention counseling and some senators want to provide funding to bolster state-sponsored foreclosure rescue funds. The Treasury secretary said it will "take a while" to workout all the excesses and bad lending practices of the past few years. But he noted that he is seeing signs of more liquidity in the jumbo nonconforming market.

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