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HUD No. 03-008
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685, x 7527

For Release
Wednesday
January 22, 2003

MARTINEZ ANNOUNCES $113 MILLION INCREASE IN HOUSING PRODUCTION PROGRAM AND $2 MILLION TO COMBAT REGULATORY BARRIERS FOR '04 BUDGET
HUD Secretary Also Announces Additional $200 Million for Downpayment Assistance

LAS VEGAS - As part of President Bush's ongoing effort to increase the production of affordable housing and combat regulatory barriers, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez today announced a proposed $113 million increase for the Department's HOME Investment Partnerships Program, as well as an additional $200 million for the American Dream Downpayment Fund. The announcement, which is part of the Bush Administration's fiscal year 2004 budget request of Congress, also calls for an added $2 million to help reduce regulatory barriers to affordable housing.

Speaking at the National Association of Home Builders annual convention in Las Vegas, Martinez highlighted the benefits of the proposed five-percent increase for HOME, which will utilize an estimated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2004 to help more than 600 state and local communities finance the costs of land acquisition, new construction, rehabilitation and down payment assistance.

"This Administration is deeply committed to providing states and local communities with the resources they need to produce affordable housing and help individuals and families become homeowners," Martinez told the homebuilders. "We want to empower first-time homebuyers, particularly minorities and low-income families, to cross the threshold into the American Dream. We also want to make sure that affordable rental opportunities exist in neighborhoods across the nation."

The flexible HOME Program has played an integral role in addressing the shortages of affordable housing in communities nationwide. Participating jurisdictions are encouraged to partner and leverage resources with nonprofits, developers, private lenders and contractors. These partnerships have resulted in more than 750,000 affordable housing units being constructed, rehabilitated or acquired. In addition, an estimated 88,000 families have received the assistance they need to find safe, decent and affordable homes to rent.

View a state-by-state breakdown of the funding request for HOME.

For the second consecutive year, the President's spending plan will include $200 million for the American Dream Downpayment Fund to help approximately 40,000 low- to moderate-income families to become first time homeowners. This funding is an important part of the Administration's goal to add 5.5 million new minority homeowners by the end of the decade. A recent HUD study found that the down payment is the single greatest barrier minority families face when trying to buy their first home.

Martinez further announced that the 2004 proposed budget will place an emphasis on breaking down regulatory barriers that impede the production of affordable housing. HUD will create a new Office of Regulatory Reform, which will commit an additional $2 million next year on research efforts to learn more about the nature and extent of these regulatory obstacles. Through this office, researchers will develop the tools needed to measure and ultimately reduce the effects of excessive barriers that restrict the development of affordable housing at the local level.

Earlier this week, Secretary Martinez announced a proposal to increase HUD's Housing Counseling Grant Program to $45 million, which will help 250,000 additional individuals and families to find and maintain homes. Housing counseling is one of the most cost-effective ways to educate homebuyers on matters such as inflated appraisals, interest rates and the mortgage settlement process, and is a fundamental part of HUD's efforts to combat predatory lending.

The combined effect of these multiple funding increases will be to significantly bolster the Bush Administration's efforts to bridge the nation's "homeownership gap." Census figures indicate that while nearly three-fourths of non-Hispanic whites own their own homes, less than half of African-American and Hispanic families are homeowners. In last year's State of the Union address, President Bush announced a goal to add 5.5 million new minority homeowners by the end of the decade.

President Bush also announced "America's Homeownership Challenge," calling on the housing industry to help increase minority homeownership. The result was the Blueprint for the American Dream Partnership, a collaborative effort to advance the President's goal. This unprecedented public-private partnership is helping to educate homebuyers, increase the supply of affordable housing, offer down-payment assistance and provide flexible financing options that help people realize the American Dream.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet.

Secretary Martinez´┐Żs Remarks to the National Association of Home Builders

State-by-State Funding Chart for HUD's HOME Program

The chart includes each state's actual/ projected HOME allocation, NOT including the American Dream Downpayment Fund and other miscellaneous set-asides.

STATE
Actual FY 2002 Appropriation
Fiscal Year 2003 Request
Fiscal Year 2004 Request
Alabama
$25,678,000
$26,278,000
$27,448,000
Alaska
$4,079,000
$3,988,000
$4,165,000
Arizona
$21,503,000
$27,261,000
$28,474,000
Arkansas
$15,453,000
$16,547,000
$17,284,000
California
$235,259,000
$272,447,000
$284,577,000
Colorado
$19,807,000
$23,114,000
$24,143,000
Connecticut
$19,873,000
$21,162,000
$22,105,000
Delaware
$4,775,000
$4,934,000
$5,154,000
District Of Columbia
$7,797,000
$9,257,000
$9,669,000
Florida
$73,059,000
$84,569,000
$88,334,000
Georgia
$38,889,000
$44,393,000
$46,370,000
Hawaii
$7,735,000
$7,967,000
$8,321,000
Idaho
$5,790,000
$7,213,000
$7,534,000
Illinois
$84,014,000
$78,733,000
$82,239,000
Indiana
$31,179,000
$31,496,000
$32,898,000
Iowa
$16,692,000
$15,700,000
$16,399,000
Kansas
$13,910,000
$14,141,000
$14,771,000
Kentucky
$26,197,000
$25,966,000
$27,123,000
Louisiana
$34,693,000
$32,600,000
$34,051,000
Maine
$7,357,000
$8,748,000
$9,137,000
Maryland
$25,525,000
$26,449,000
$27,626,000
Massachusetts
$44,865,000
$49,543,000
$51,749,000
Michigan
$66,830,000
$53,422,000
$55,800,000
Minnesota
$23,011,000
$23,277,000
$24,313,000
Mississippi
$18,511,000
$18,065,000
$18,869,000
Missouri
$31,224,000
$32,179,000
$33,612,000
Montana
$5,587,000
$6,452,000
$6,739,000
Nebraska
$9,248,000
$9,485,000
$9,907,000
Nevada
$9,037,000
$12,240,000
$12,785,000
New Hampshire
$5,224,000
$6,754,000
$7,054,000
New Jersey
$45,133,000
$51,247,000
$53,529,000
New Mexico
$9,972,000
$11,407,000
$11,915,000
New York
$190,894,000
$211,685,000
$221,110,000
North Carolina
$35,569,000
$42,026,000
$43,897,000
North Dakota
$4,073,000
$3,659,000
$3,822,000
Ohio
$78,962,000
$69,717,000
$72,821,000
Oklahoma
$19,941,000
$21,249,000
$22,195,000
Oregon
$20,632,000
$22,693,000
$23,704,000
Pennsylvania
$77,166,000
$79,209,000
$82,736,000
Rhode Island
$8,071,000
$9,719,000
$10,152,000
South Carolina
$18,723,000
$20,605,000
$21,523,000
South Dakota
$4,357,000
$4,488,000
$4,688,000
Tennessee
$30,120,000
$32,254,000
$33,690,000
Texas
$111,358,000
$124,243,000
$129,775,000
Utah
$8,929,000
$9,823,000
$10,261,000
Vermont
$4,085,000
$4,411,000
$4,607,000
Virginia
$31,613,000
$35,708,000
$37,297,000
Washington
$31,393,000
$35,754,000
$37,346,000
West Virginia
$13,241,000
$13,611,000
$14,217,000
Wisconsin
$32,834,000
$29,366,000
$30,673,000
Wyoming
$3,510,000
$3,350,000
$3,500,000
Puerto Rico
$30,661,000
$35,228,000
$36,797,000
American Samoa
$323,000
$389,000
$410,000
Guam
$1,499,000
$1,605,000
$1,693,000
Northern Marianas
$413,000
$740,000
$780,000
Virgin Islands
$1,357,000
$1,434,000
$1,512,000

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