Thursday, October 11, 2007

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: H.R. 2895 National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Passes the U.S. House

On Monday October 8, 2007 we asked you to call your Representatives and ask them to support the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act. Your hard work paid off!
Congratulations to each of you for the victory that together we achieved yesterday!
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2895, the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007, by a vote of 264-148, on October 10.
The intent of this legislation is to construct, rehabilitate, and preserve over one million units of affordable housing during the next ten years. Many of these housing initiatives will be targeted to help people with extremely low incomes. People with disabilities receiving SSI will be assisted by this legislation. The disability community, including The Arc, has strongly supported the creation of a national housing trust fund. Affordable and accessible housing is a crucial part of building inclusive communities. This legislation will assist in increasing the production of accessible affordable housing in our nation.
H.R. 2895, the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 received strong bi partisan support. Similar legislation will be introduced in the Senate in the coming weeks.
We will again be calling on you to take action by calling Senator Elizabeth Dole and Senator Richard Burr and asking for their support.
How did your North Carolina Representatives Vote?
Representatives Butterfield (D 1st), Etheridge (D 2nd), Hayes (R 8th), McIntyre (D 7th), Miller (D 13th), Price (D 4th), Schuler (D 11th), and Watt (D 12th).

Coble (R 6th), Foxx (R 5th), Jones (R 3rd), Myrick (R 9th), and McHenry (R 10th)

(Special thanks to DPC and NHILC for their contributions to this post)

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