Monday, December 05, 2005

Affordable Housing for Grandfamilies to Become a Reality; $4 Million Appropriated for LEGACY Housing

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Generations United (GU) announced today that $4 million for LEGACY Housing Demonstrations was included in the Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill signed into law on November 30th. The LEGACY funds will provide the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with the necessary resources to help local organizations develop housing specifically for the grandparent and other relative headed households who care for 6 million of the nation's children.
"Over two million grandparents, including more than 70,000 in my home state of Michigan, are raising their grandchildren," said Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who offered the amendment to include the LEGACY provisions in the American Dream bill. "This can be a very positive situation for a child or adolescent, but these 'grandfamilies' have some very special needs, including the need for appropriate housing."
Since 1999 GU and its members have led the efforts for fair housing on behalf of grandparent and other relative headed households across the country. Most notable are GU's significant efforts on Capitol Hill on behalf of the LEGACY bill since its introduction in 2002.
"Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving, and permanent home. LEGACY will make the dream of that home a reality for many grandfamilies," said Donna M. Butts, Executive Director of Generations United. "We have been very fortunate over the years to have worked closely with committed allies on Capitol Hill including Senators Stabenow, DeWine, Obama, and Landrieu who have made these important families a real priority."
To learn more about LEGACY and the funding available contact HUD at 202-708-1112 or visit Generations United at
Generations United is the only national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. GU represents more than 100 national, state, and local organizations and individuals representing more than 70 million Americans. Since 1986, GU has served as a resource for educating policymakers and the public about the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation. GU acts as a catalyst for stimulating collaboration between aging, children, and youth organizations providing a forum to explore areas of common ground while celebrating the richness of each generation. For more information on GU, visit


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