CHICAGO — Fannie Mae announced that it will buy $5 million of refinancing loans to be made to help victims of predatory lending in Chicago and that it has joined an anti-predatory-lending task force.

Fannie said it will buy the loans to help the victims avoid foreclosure and build up equity. The loans are available to people who own single-family homes or two-flats and earn 80% or less of the area’s median income.

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