Michelle Obama: We Are Your Neighbors

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First lady Michelle Obama said, Wednesday, that stopping foreclosure and keeping people in their homes is critical to her and the President.

During her visit to to the Housing and Urban Development Department, Mrs. Obama said her family were now "neighbors" to those working at HUD and vowed to work hand-in-hand with them to get the area's housing industry back on track.

"Home ownership, at least from what I know growing up on the south side of Chicago, has been one of the building blocks of strong neighborhoods, strong schools and strong families," she said.

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In addition to touring federal offices in Washington, Mrs. Obama said she and her husband would be visiting schools and neighborhoods to "get to know the community" that they're now living in. On Tuesday, the pair made a surprise visit to a local public elementary school.

"Barack and I have always believed that investing in the community that you live in first and foremost is critical," she told HUD workers.

About 600 gathered to hear the first lady speak. The visit was her second of several planned visits to federal agencies.

"I'm going to spend the next several weeks or months, however long it takes, going from agency to agency, just to say hello, to learn, to listen, to take information back where possible," she said Tuesday during a visit to the Department of Education.

"My task here is to say thank you and roll up your sleeves, because we have a lot of work to do," she added.

Sources: The Associated Press, The Washington Post

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