Heroes helping struggling homeowners

Meet three Money heroes who have gone to the mat to give homeowners a fair deal.

Fighter for property rights
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Susette Kelo, 56

Plaintiff, Kelo v. City of New London, Conn.

Why she's a hero: When New London, Conn., wanted to seize her pink 1893 cottage as part of a redevelopment project, Kelo, a nurse, sued. She lost in the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005, but her five-year battle fueled national outrage over the way governments were invoking eminent domain to take property not for highways, parks, and the like, but for economic purposes. Forty-four states have since limited the practice. As for Kelo's old neighborhood, it's now a vacant lot.

Her current passion: Talking about eminent domain to high school students and others. "People have to be continually made aware of how wrong it was," says Kelo, 56. "It's still wrong today."

Quote: "Do I feel like I won? No, I didn't win. But other people did win. They got their properties back. People tell me all the time about towns that have passed a law limiting eminent domain."

  @Money - Last updated August 13 2012 05:53 AM ET
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