``About a dozen communities have voiced some level of interest in the eminent domain plan, including Chicago, Sacramento, New York's Suffolk County and most recently -- according to sources familiar with the discussions -- Detroit. Not coincidentally, these communities have also been particularly hard hit by the housing crisis. In San Bernardino County, more than half of all homeowners are underwater, and the foreclosure rate is three-and-a-half times the national average.

"Everyone here has a friend or a family member who has lost their home to foreclosure," said Greg O'Donnell, the development director at Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services, a housing nonprofit in Ontario, Calif. ''

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