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Rep. Mike Capuano Urges Action on Housing Legislation

October 10, 2002 -- Rep. Michael E. Capuano joined Reps. John LaFalce, Barney Frank and a number of his colleagues from the House Financial Services Committee in urging the House Republican leadership to bring H.R. 3995, the Housing Affordability for America Act to the House floor. Representatives from numerous housing advocacy groups and civil rights organizations also urged the House to vote on housing legislation before it adjourns for the year.

"H.R. 3995 is the result of bipartisan work and significant compromises on both sides of the aisle. The bill passed the Financial Services Committee by unanimous vote in July, however the House Republican Leadership has blocked the bill from coming to the floor because they don't believe housing should be a priority in the final weeks of the 107th Congress," said Rep. Capuano.

The Housing Affordability for America Act includes dozens of provisions to help improve existing programs and increase the supply of affordable housing in the future. Specifically, the bill provides down payment assistance for police and firefighters, reauthorizes the HOPE VI program to revitalize public housing units, creates housing opportunities for grandparents raising their grandchildren, and provides additional resources for homeless housing programs.

"The housing crisis across America is real. Congress must do more to address the needs of low- and moderate-income families who are being priced out of too many areas. The Housing Affordability for America Act is an excellent first step in helping alleviate the housing shortages in the Boston area and throughout the nation," stated Rep. Capuano.