Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced that the House and Senate Conference committee on FY'99 VA-HUDApproprioations has included $700,000 for expanding community revitalization efforts in Visitacion Valley in San Francisco. "These vital funds will be used for tenant improvements for four new child care centers and a senior center, part of new housing developments to be built to replace housing lost when HUD closed the Geneva Towers project," Pelosi said.
In addition, the bill includes $215 million for the Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS program. "An average of 10 to 13 new communities in the United States become eligible for HOPWA funding every year. While I am pleased that this amount is $11 million more than was appropriated in the last fiscal year, it still falls short of the President's request for $225 million.
Finally, the House and Senate Conference committee removed from the bill the offensive Riggs Amendment which threatened San Francisco with the loss of federal funds because of the City's implementation of its Domestic Partners law. "The Riggs Amendment was an unprecedented attack on local decision making. It is finally where it belongs--in the trash," Pelosi said.
Pelosi also commended the House and Senate members of the conference committee for their work on the VA-HUD Appropriations bill. The measure is expected to pass the House.
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