Baldwin introduces legislation to make housing more affordable for volunteer first respondersSubmitted: 12/04/2019
Stephen Goin
Stephen Goin

Baldwin introduces legislation to make housing more affordable for volunteer first responders
RHINELANDER - Volunteer fire fighters give a lot to the communities they serve with little reward.

A new bill wants to make it easier for them to live where they love.

"In Wisconsin specifically, most fire departments are staffed mostly or entirely by volunteers," said Sen. Tammy Baldwin "They're [fire departments] just continually finding it difficult to meet staffing needs and especially attract younger volunteers."

Recently, Baldwin introduced a new bill to help first responders apply for housing benefits.

"The volunteer first responders housing act would make part time firefighters and EMTs eligible for two key housing benefit programs," said Baldwin.

The bill expands eligibility for qualified volunteer emergency responders to participate in certain federal housing assistance programs.

The Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program would give volunteer firefighters and EMTs a 50% discount from the list price of a home located in a revitalization area.

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