updated 2/12/2008 6:51:55 PM ET 2008-02-12T23:51:55

The mortgage crisis continues to spread, battering home prices and fueling fears of a U.S. recession. But how is it affecting your community?

As we head into the stretch run of the primary season and the launch of the General Election, the economic fallout from the mortgage meltdown is certain to be a hot election topic.

And as part of our continuing Gut Check America coverage, wants to hear from you. Use the submission form below to tell us how foreclosures are changing the fabric of your community, what ripple effects you’re seeing from the downturn in real-estate prices, how neighbors or elected officials are helping neighbors save their homes or how your city or town is dealing with the crisis?

Remember, we’re looking for specifics about how your city, town, community or neighborhood are being affected.

As we’ve done with other topics, we’ll use your submissions to shape our coverage of this important topic in the months ahead.

After you've submitted your story, be sure to visit the Gut Check message board to see what other readers are saying about the mortgage meltdown and other issues on their minds.

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