Proposed Historic Homeowner
Assistance Act To Be Reintroduced
January, 1999

In a recent Preservation Advocacy Alert, Preservation Pennsylvania urges people to support the the proposed Historic Homeowner Assistance Act. It failed in the 105th Congress, but is set to be reintroduced.

As many of you know the legisaltive session of the 106th Congress has just begun. Therefore now is the time to find co-sponsors for the Historic Homeowner Assistance Act. We need to have a broad base of support before the bill is reintroduced.

The Historic Homeowner Assistance Act would provide for a 20 percent historic rehabilitation tax credit of owner-occupied historic homes and contributing buildings in historic districts. The tax credit would be an incentive for revitalization of neighborhoods in historic districts that have suffered decline and disinvestment, as well as creating opportunities for renovation and home ownership.

Preservation Action, a preservation lobbying group in Washington, D.C., is collecting information and lobbying in support of the legislation. To see information on the HHAA and its status, click here.

Action Needed

We need you to contact your representative now and urge them to cosponsor the homeownership tax credit bill when it is reintroduced. Twenty-eight of the co-sponsors for the 105th Congress have already pledged to support the homeownership credit again! Now we need the rest. Listed below in the left column are the names of Congressmen from Pennsylvania who sponsored the bill in the 105th Congress. The ones in bold have already signed on and an asterisk denotes a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Previous House Co-Sponsors

Previous Senate Co-Sponsor

Remaining Pennsylvania House Reps

Remaining Senator

To learn how to contact a member of the House of Representatives, click here. To learn how to contact a member of the Senate, click here. Or, click on the web or e-mail links next to the name of the person you wish to contact. Information on legislation before Congress can be found at Thomas, the Library of Congress' Congressional Information web site.

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has prepared a sample letter in support of the Historic Homeownership Assistance Act. You can copy it or use it as a base from which to write your own letter should you wish to contact a member of Congress. To send this letter by e-mail, simply highlight and copy the text of the letter, click on one of the e-mail links above, and paste the text into your e-mail software's composition area. Make any changes you wish, and be sure to fill in your Senator's or Representative's name and to sign it with your name and address before sending it. If you are going to send a letter through regular mail, address it to:

The Honorable ____________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D. C. 20515

or

The Honorable ____________
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Representative/Senator ____________:

I am writing to encourage your continued support of the Historic Homeownership Assistance Act.

As a previous co-sponsor of the bill, you are well aware of benefits the Historic Homeownership Assistance Act will bring to owners of homes in Pennsylvania's older communities. The bill's provisions will help reverse disinvestment in our older residential neighborhoods and facilitate homeownership for lower income families.

Although the bill was not passed during last year's legislative session, grassroots support remains strong. Concerns regarding itsprojected costs are being addressed and the necessary modifications will be made. Your co-sponsorship will help ensure that this important legislation is included in this year's tax package.

I appreciate your on-going commitment to issues of concern to Pennsylvania's preservation community. I hope that you will maintain that commitment by co-sponsoring the Historic Homeownership Assistance Act.

Sincerely,

We'll try to keep you updated on the status of this legislation in the coming months.


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