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H.Con.Res. 184 (rfs) Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the importance of ``family friendly'' programming on television. [Referred in Senate] ...
108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. CON. RES. 184 Expressing the sense of Congress that Congress should participate in and support activities to provide decent homes for the people of the United States. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES May 15, 2003 Mr. Walsh (for himself, Mr. Mollohan, Mr. Lewis of California, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Price of North Carolina, and Ms. Harris) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of Congress that Congress should participate in and support activities to provide decent homes for the people of the United States. Whereas the United States promotes and encourages the creation and revitalization of sustainable and strong neighborhoods in partnership with States, cities, and local communities; Whereas the United States promotes and encourages the creation and revitalization of sustainable and strong neighborhoods in partnership with States, cities, and local communities and in conjunction with the independent and collective actions of private citizens and organizations; Whereas establishing a housing infrastructure strengthens neighborhoods and local economies and nurtures the families who reside in them; Whereas an integral element of a strong community is a sufficient supply of affordable housing; Whereas affordable housing may be provided in traditional and nontraditional forms, including apartment buildings, transitional and temporary homes, condominiums, cooperatives, and single family homes; Whereas for many families a home is not merely shelter, but also provides an opportunity for growth, prosperity, and security; Whereas homeownership is a cornerstone of the national economy because it spurs the production and sale of goods and services, generates new jobs, encourages savings and investment, promotes economic and civic responsibility, and enhances the financial security of all people in the United States; Whereas although the United States is the first nation in the world to make owning a home a reality for a vast majority of its families, \1/3\ of the families in the United States are not homeowners; Whereas a disproportionate percentage of families in the United States that are not homeowners are low-income families; Whereas 74.2 percent of Caucasian Americans own their own homes, only 47.1 percent of African Americans, 47.2 percent of Hispanic Americans, and 55.8 percent of Asian Americans and other races are homeowners; Whereas the community building activities of neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations empower individuals to improve their lives and make communities safer and healthier for families; Whereas 1 of the best known nonprofit housing organizations is Habitat for Humanity, which builds simple but adequate housing for less fortunate families and symbolizes the self-help approach to homeownership; Whereas Habitat for Humanity is organized in all 50 States with 1,655 local affiliates and its own section 501(c)(3) Federal tax-exempt status and locally elected completely voluntary board of directors; Whereas Habitat for Humanity has built nearly 150,000 houses worldwide and endeavors to complete another 50,000 homes by the year 2005; Whereas Habitat for Humanity provides opportunities for people from every segment of society to volunteer to help make the American dream a reality for families who otherwise would not own a home; and Whereas the month of June has been designated as ``National Homeownership Month'': Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that-- (1) everyone in the United States should have a decent home in which to live; (2) Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate should demonstrate the importance of volunteerism; (3) during the years of the 108th and 109th sessions of Congress, Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, Habitat for Humanity, and contributing organizations, should sponsor and construct 2 homes in the Washington, D.C., metro area each as part of the ``Congress Building America'' program; (4) each Congress Building America house should be constructed primarily by Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, their families and staffs, and the staffs of sponsoring organizations working with local volunteers involving and symbolizing the partnership of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors of society; (5) each Congress Building America house should be constructed with the participation of the family that will own the home; (6) in the future, Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, their families, and their staff should participate in similar house building activities in their own States as part of National Homeownership Month; and (7) these occasions should be used to emphasize and focus on the importance of providing decent homes for all of the people in the United States. <all>
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