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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Housing

The foundation of the American Dream is to have a home to call your own. Unfortunately, the booming housing market in previous years allowed too many individuals to buy a home that they could not afford with loans that were not appropriate given their financial circumstances.   Today, those individuals are facing foreclosure and the surrounding communities are seeing drastic drops in property values and taxes.  In order to reestablish confidence in the housing market, it is important for me and my colleagues in Congress to support policies that provide assistance to at-risk homeowners and relief to negatively impacted communities.

An important way to assist homeowners is to ensure that they have access to transparent information regarding mortgages and credit. I voted in favor of legislation creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an independent agency with a range of rulemaking, information-gathering, supervisory, and enforcement tools to regulate financial products such as mortgages and credit cards. I believe with adequate knowledge and protections, consumers can responsibly achieve the American dream of homeownership.

I will continue to focus on addressing foreclosures; an issue too many homeowners still face.  Whether homeowners can no longer afford their monthly payments due to job loss or increasing adjustable rate mortgages, or they cannot sell their home because they owe more than it is worth, foreclosure rates may continue to rise for the near term.  I will remain vigilant in finding solutions to avoid foreclosure and that continue to push for reforms to ensure that the American dream of owning a home remains attainable.

More on Housing

May 13, 2016

This week in Washington I held several meetings, introduced, and voted on, important legislation, and participated in a Subcommittee hearing.

Meetings

Apr 4, 2016

Over the past few weeks, I have submitted funding requests to the House Appropriations Committee for fiscal year (FY) 2017.  Here is a selection of the requests I made to support or increase funding for programs that are important in the 8th District. 

Education

Feb 26, 2016
This week in Washington I attended several meetings and completed Foreign Affairs Committee work.
Dec 10, 2015

Did you know that victims of Superstorm Sandy who need more cash to rebuild their home or business can now apply for a low-interest disaster loan? Due to a recently passed law, which was passed unanimously by Congress, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the application period for Superstorm Sandy victims seeking financial assistance. Homeowners can receive loans of up to $200,000 to repair or rebuild their homes, and as much as $40,000 more to replace damaged or lost items.

Jul 17, 2015

I advocated for the people of the 8th District this week by attending Foreign Affairs Committee hearings, meeting with several groups from the Garden State, and voting on critical pieces of legislation.

Jul 16, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) -“ This week, Congressman Sires voted in favor of several pieces of legislation critical to assisting New Jersey veterans, homeowners, and those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Jun 12, 2015

This week in Washington, I had an interview with students from my alma mater, received input from several constituent groups, and voted on transportation funding.

May 1, 2015

It was a busy week in New Jersey and in Washington with events in the 8th District, meetings with groups from New Jersey, and committee hearings.

Apr 17, 2015

This week in Washington, I participated in several committee hearings, met with foreign ambassadors, and discussed important issues affecting the 8th District with constituent groups.

Jan 13, 2014

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