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Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009

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HELPING FAMILIES SAVE THEIR HOMES ACT OF 2009 -- (Senate - May 06, 2009)

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AMENDMENT NO. 1036, AS MODIFIED

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, there will be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 1036, as modified, offered by the Senator from Massachusetts, Mr. Kerry.

Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, we have taken a lot of effort to try to help troubled borrowers in communities that have foreclosed properties. Here is the problem that exists. If you are a renter and living in a property that has been foreclosed on, you have nothing to do with the foreclosure, you are paying rent, you have a lease, but a lot of these people are getting kicked out of their apartments, out of their homes.

What we want to do is provide them with a provision where they will have 90 days--if the people who foreclosed are going to use that residence as a primary residence. If the residence is going to continue to be a multiple-party residence where they have a number of people renting and they will continue to use it as such, we want to leave those leases in effect until the end of the lease. We are protecting legitimate, low- to moderate-income folks in America who do not get protections otherwise from being just booted out on the street, which is literally what has happened in the absence of this protection.

This provision will sunset in the year 2012 and only applies to properties with legitimate leases.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator's time has expired.

Mr. KERRY. I know colleagues will support it.

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