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President Obama’s housing chief took a firsthand look Monday at a foreclosed house on Sherman Avenue, one that stands at the crossroads of two ways out of the foreclosure crisis.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan came to town accompanied by Connecticut U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd for a field visit with one of the nation’s most established not-for-profit urban housing developers, Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS).

NHS is based on the Sherman Avenue block, where it has also rescued and renovated fading gems and helped working-class families become homeowners. NHS has also been on the front lines of helping struggling homeowners keep their properties during the current mortgage crisis.

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