Police, Community Leaders Discuss Violence Prevention

Jul 20, 2016

This week Congressman Levin met with Police and Community for Equality (P.A.C.E.) in Eastpointe to discuss ways to prevent violence in our communities. The conversation with law enforcement, community activists and church leaders opened the doors to thoughtful discussion regarding diversity and public safety in our area. Thanks to long standing organizations like P.A.C.E., these important conversations are taking place throughout the 9th Congressional District and our nation.      

Help for Homeowners

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced a new Principal Reduction Modification program for some severely delinquent borrowers with loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. This program aims to help eligible borrowers avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. To be eligible for this one-time program, borrowers must meet certain criteria including:  an unpaid principal balance of $250,000 or less; have a loan-to-value ratio exceeding 115%; and have been at least 90 days overdue on your mortgage as of March 1st, 2016. You can learn more about this program here.

Support for Moms Who Are Working and Breastfeeding Their Babies

Earlier this month, Rep. Levin co-sponsored the Working Moms Act [H.R.4113], which expands an Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision requiring employers to provide reasonable break times for an employee to pump breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child is born to additional workers.  This is important legislation because only 10 percent of mothers who work full-time are still breastfeeding their baby at 6 months.  And of those who continue, only 40 percent of women had access to both break time and a private space — not a bathroom — for expressing milk.

Rep. Levin Co-sponsors the Low Income Sewer and Water Assistance Program Act

Rep. Levin joined other members of the House in co-sponsoring the Low Income Sewer and Water Assistance Program Act, which authorizes the EPA to establish a pilot program to award grants to municipalities to use in assisting low-income households in maintaining access to water and sanitation services.  In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, there is growing concern about the ability of communities with large numbers of low-income households to afford needed improvements in their water and sewer systems. Without assistance programs, utilities often experience high delinquency rates resulting in costly collection programs and corresponding loss in revenue. Programs such as this pilot program, will help cities provide proper aid to places like Flint to ensure the city has access to clean water and sanitation services.