The mayor of North Miami is asking the Miami-Dade County courts to create a mortgage foreclosure diversion program to help folks stay in their homes - folks just like him.

Mayor Kevin Burns owes more than $279,000 on the three-bedroom home he shares with his partner, who's a stay-at-home-dad to their 7-year-old daughter. If the money isn't paid, the home goes up for public sale in January.

Burns sponsored a city council resolution this week asking the courts for the diversion program for people in the early stages of foreclosure.

Burns tells The Miami Herald that the mayor's job "doesn't exactly pay a lot" - just $48,000 a year. Burns says he's gone through his savings after giving up a real estate business to focus on his mayoral duties.

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