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Housing

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One of Governor Mitt Romney biggest focus has been on affordable housing, perhaps because his father was secretary of HUD under Nixon. Romney advocated affordable housing as a way to help the economy, (1) (2). Romney has often advocated smart growth, and criticized sprawl (3). Romney advocated increasing the number of houses in the state as a way to fight homelessness (4). He also blamed a housing shortage as a barrier to “business growth and job creation” (4). Romney used federal, state, and private funds to increase the number of houses Massachusetts (6) (7) (11) (12) (13) (15) (16). Governor Romney used his position as governor to ask towns and cities to build more houses (8). He used state funds to support affordable housing (I think they were state funds) (9). It seems that when he ran out of ideas two months into his governorship he convened a task force (10). Then when it seems that he ran out of ideas again, a year and 3 month into his governorship, he convened an advisory panel (17) and focused on Smart Growth, and

 

 

1. Governor Mitt Romney, 03-11-2003 Press Release

2. Governor Mitt Romney, 05-22-2003 Press Release

3. Governor Mitt Romney, 12-12-2003 Press Release

4. Governor Mitt Romney, 12-05-2003 Press Release

5. Governor Mitt Romney, 10-01-2003 Press Release

6. Governor Mitt Romney, 08-25-2003 Press Release

7. Governor Mitt Romney, 11-12-2004 Press Release

8. Governor Mitt Romney, 03-11-2003 Press Release

9. Governor Mitt Romney, 06- 06-2003 Press Release

10. Governor Mitt Romney, 02-18-2003 Press Release

11. Governor Mitt Romney, 12-05-2003 Press Release

12. Governor Mitt Romney, 10-01-2003 Press Release

13. Governor Mitt Romney, 08-25-2003 Press Release

14. Governor Mitt Romney, 01-26-2004 Press Release

15. Governor Mitt Romney, 11-12-2004 Press Release

16. Governor Mitt Romney, 10-21-2004 Press Release

17. Governor Mitt Romney, 03-08-2004

Governor Mitt Romney and Housing

 

Mitt Romney Housing Press Releases, Quotes, Speeches, and Videos

 

"Housing" Press Releases from Governor Mitt Romney

 

2005

  • 03-21-2005, ROMNEY AWARDS $4.55M FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER PROJECTS
  • 11-23-2005-, ROMNEY SIGNS LAW TO COVER SCHOOL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH SMART GROWTH HOUSING
  • 12-05-2003 Governor Mitt Romney announces $58.9 million for new housing
  • 12-12-2003; Governor Mitt Romney joins archbishop O' malley for new Lynn housing

 

2004

  • 01-26-2004, ROMNEY LAUNCHES $100 MILLION PROGRAM TO SPUR NEW HOUSING
  • 02-18-2004, ROMNEY WANTS TO HELP SENIORS STAY IN THEIR HOMES
  • 11-12-2004, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES $1.5M FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER PROGRAM
  • 10-21-2004, ROMNEY AWARDS $1.4M TO PROMOTE NEW HOUSING ON CAPE COD
  • 03- 31-2004, ROMNEY, HEALEY ANNOUNCE $2M FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS
  • 03-08-2004, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES CREATION OF FAIR HOUSING ADVISORY PANEL

 

2003

  • 03-11-2003, ROMNEY ENCOURAGES CITIES AND TOWNS TO BUILD MORE HOUSING
  • 05-22-2003, ROMNEY, MENINO ANNOUNCE NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING
  • 06- 06-2003, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES $74.5 MILLION FOR STATEWIDE HOUSING
  • 07-23-2003, ROMNEY CELEBRATES NEW CHAPTER IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
  • 02-18-2003, ROMNEY CONVENES AFFORDABLE HOUSING TASK FORCE
  • 12-12-2003, ROMNEY JOINS ARCHBISHOP O'MALLEY FOR NEW LYNN HOUSING
  • 12-05-2003, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES $58.9 MILLION FOR NEW HOUSING
  • 10-01-2003, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES $8.9 MILLION TO CREATE 825 MORE HOMES
  • 08-25-2003, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES $17.6 MILLION TO CREATE MORE HOUSING

 

 

I've found all the Press Releases related to housing, posted them here, and cut all the Romney quotes out of them. Now I just need to make a list of things Romney has done in massachusetts (not just a list of things he said), and write up a summery, as one does not exist here. I'm never going to get all this done, please help!

 

"Housing" Quotes from Governor Mitt Romney

 

  • “If Massachusetts is to remain economically strong and competitive, it must have more housing that is affordable to those across a broad range of incomes. This local aid incentive will provide communities with additional funds to offset infrastructure and education expenses associated with a growing population.”

 

  • “The Boston State Hospital project is a model of our smart growth strategy for future development of thousands of acres of state surplus land across the Commonwealth,” said Romney. “Building more affordable housing like this project is one of the key elements necessary to jumpstart the Massachusetts economy.”

 

  • “This significant commitment of state and federal resources, along with millions of private investment dollars generated through the sale of tax credits, will increase the availability of housing for thousands of Massachusetts families,” said Romney. “Through this blend of resources, we can help ease our housing supply shortage while ensuring long-term, economic prosperity for our state.”

 

  • “This new law will allow MassHousing to finance mixed-income homes without interruption. We must work harder, and be smarter, to increase the state's housing supply and have it affordable to those across a broad range of incomes.”

 

  • “Since my Administration’s inception nearly one year ago, I have focused on the need to create more housing and smart growth policies that will allow us to expand housing without contributing to sprawl,” Romney said. He added, “This project is a perfect example of the type of new housing we should create in our developed urban centers close to all the services that make possible a desirable quality of life.”

 

  • "Each year, we spend more than a quarter billion dollars each year to care for our homeless in the Commonwealth, but we need to focus more on long-term solutions by producing permanent housing opportunities for our citizens," said Romney. Romney added, "Today's awards will not only give a much needed boost to the state's overall affordable housing supply, but it will also go a long way in preventing future homelessness because nearly 20 percent of those units will be targeted to low-income individuals and families."

 

  • “Our housing supply shortage is often cited as the number one barrier to business growth and job creation in Massachusetts and we are working overtime to build more housing” said Romney. “That is why my recently announced ‘Jobs First’ program includes additional local aid incentives for increased housing production and also proposes rewards for communities with state-owned surplus property to take action to spur residential development.”

 

  • “This financial commitment represents an important blend of public resources which will leverage millions of private dollars and help ease the state’s current housing supply shortage. In doing so, it will also serve as an investment in the future of our economic well being by making Massachusetts an attractive state in which to work and live.”

 

  • “We are on a mission to double housing starts in Massachusetts and this is one approach to help get us there without spending new taxpayer dollars,” said Romney. “These new resources are critical at a time when public funds are limited, but the need for new housing is enormous.”

 

  • “We need to give seniors the help they need to stay in their homes as long as possible. With a little help, we can keep seniors in their own home instead of putting them into what for many turns out to be an inappropriate institutionalized setting,” said Romney. He added, “Our goal is to help meet the needs of our elders as they define them, not as a government bureaucracy defines them.”

 

  • “We want to make it easier for more families in Massachusetts to realize the American dream of buying their own home,” said Governor Romney. “The commitment of these funds from the Bush Administration not only represent downpayments for new homes, they also represent an investment towards a prosperous future for the families of our Commonwealth.”

 

 

  • “The Village at Marstons Mills represents a down payment on a more affordable future for Barnstable County,” Romney said. “High-quality, affordable housing is just as important as top-notch schools, good jobs, a first-class infrastructure and safe neighborhoods. My Administration is working overtime to create additional housing opportunities for families across a broad range of incomes.”

 

  • “The rising cost of housing has kept the dream of owning a home out of reach for too many families in Massachusetts,” said Governor Mitt Romney. “It is important that we continue to target our state resources into programs which bridge that financial gap and increase affordable homeownership opportunities for families throughout the Commonwealth.”

 

  • “Fair and affordable housing should be a right, not a privilege,” said Romney, addressing a meeting of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations. “With the help of this newly formed committee, we will make that right a reality and ensure a vibrant and diverse Commonwealth for years to come.”

 

  • “All hard-working families in the Commonwealth deserve a chance to be homeowners, but that has become increasingly difficult for many because we have some of the highest high housing costs in the nation. To alleviate that problem, I have pledged to increase our housing supply by doubling the number of housing starts in Massachusetts so that there are more affordable homes available to those across a broad range of incomes,” he added.

 

 

  • “We need to build more housing to keep our state economically competitive. This bill acknowledges community costs that may be associated with increased housing production,” said Romney.

 

 

 

Governor Mitt Romney "Housing" Debate

Mitt Romney has a good position on homelessness.

Reasons to agree:

  1. He argues for Efficiency in the social service departments that handle homelessness.

 

 

Also see: Homelessness

 

Housing

  1. http://reason4romney.blogspot.com/search/label/Housing

 

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