Having an affordable place to live is essential to a family's economic foundation. It represents the beginnings of wealth and future prosperity. Retirees and the soon to be retired are finding it challenging, if not impossible, to live in the same place they have for many years. Generations of families who have lived in Williamson or Bell county are finding themselves being displaced, as well. The overreliance of our state system on property taxes only exacerbates an ongoing crisis. As a growing economy leads to a growing housing market, higher rent and mortgage payments will follow. Promoting quality and affordable housing is critical to a sustainable and growing market. There is nothing wrong with helping those who help sustain the market. Low interest loans and down payment programs are critical to fund and protect consumers. Congressman John Carter has consistently cut these programs meant to help families find a home and contribute to our economy. Smart community and regional planning is essential to having people live and work near their communities. Having industry and business in our communities that support good wages is fundamentally important to supporting our living standard. Carter has taken political contributions from big business PACS with no presence in District 31. Many of these businesses outsource our jobs overseas while the purchasing power of the middle class from our district continues to fall. We must have representation in Congress that reverses this trend and helps promote more businesses that startup and grow here. Teachers, firefighters, and police officers deserve to live in the same communities where they work and serve. Future Congressman Clark will be the natural leader on this issue in Congress.