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House Proceeding 07-29-09 on Jul 29th, 2009 :: 0:57:25 to 1:03:05
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:57:25 to 1:03:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:57:43 to 0:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: members poe of texas, diaz-balart -- for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida rise? ms. ros-lehtinen: i a unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: so granted. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. yesterday the hosts of the "today show" profiled key west, the city in my congressional district.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:58:04 to 0:58:24( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: it is a city of natural beauty, coupled with a history that is quite unique. and while viewers were able to see the tv host ride rickshaws and tour many sites such as earnest hemingway's home and i'm glad they featured my good friend from key west, there is another side of key west off of duval street thawarrants

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:58:25 to 0:58:45( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: attention. while key west is a great place to get a slice of key lime pie, it is also a city with high unemployment, high insurance rates and one of the largest homeless populations for its size. according to recent numbers, the florida keys has over 1,000 individuals who are homeless. the realy is that off of duval

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:58:46 to 0:59:07( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: street there are struggling individuals and struggling families. thankfully there are several noteworthyy organizations that which serve the key's community with a selfless dedication to those at-risk individuals. one example, samuel's house. this is a beacon of hope for those who need help. founded in 1985, samuel's house provides a nurturing environment

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:59:08 to 0:59:28( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: for homeless women and women with children. it also afford thems with resources that are beneficial to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. i had the privilege to meet with several staffers from samuel's house this with week here in d.c. and i heard the first-hand account from a mother whose

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:59:29 to 0:59:49( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: daughter was saved due to the assistance and care provided to her by samuel's house. samuel's house also runs kathy's hope, another key west facility which provides permanent housing for women who are chronically homeless and in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. it is a safe haven where women can go through recovery while

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:59:50 to 1:00:10( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: also remaining self-sufficient and pursuing their life goals to better themselves. key west is also blessed to have the southern most homeless assistance league, shal. it is a coalition dedicated to the special needs of people who

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:00:11 to 1:00:32( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: are homeless or at risk of homelessness. shal provides grants to shelters and organizations like samuel's house so that they can continue theigod work for all of us in the community. shal also provides housing assistance, medical assistance, substance abuse programs and job training resources to at-risk individuals and their families.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:00:33 to 1:00:53( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: i am grateful for the dedication and caring exhibited by their staff and they deserve our recognition. another problem unique to the florida keys is one of housing. we have a problem th nonconforming downstairs enclosures. through years of misnagement and lax oversight by monroe county and fema, many keys'

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:00:54 to 1:01:16( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: homeowners built what they considered legal downstairs enclosures. residents with nonconforming enclosures are denied the ability to acquire flood insurance. in an area with a long history of hurricanes and other severe weather events, this is intolerable. florida keys homeowners are required to bear the price of mistakes made by the county and

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:01:17 to 1:01:38( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: fema for structures that were issued permits and were legally constructed. this is a community which cannot afford the expense of renovating existing structures while they struggle to make ends meet week in and week out. while homeowners continue to struggle with onerous regulations, the issue of water quality is also a major concern

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:01:39 to 1:01:59( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: for key west and the entire keys. the florida keys serves as the entry point to everglade national park. it's surrounded by the national marine sanctuary as well as one of the largest and most vibrant coral reef systems in the world. this is an area of national treasure and as such, ensuring the cleanliness of the waters

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:02:00 to 1:02:20( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: surrounding these important ecosystems should be a national concern. since being elected to represent the florida keys in 2002, i have fought hard to bring federal funding from washington to the florida keys for its florida ke wastewater project. to date, the area has received

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:02:21 to 1:02:41( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: more than $35 million in congressionally appropriated dollars. i am pleased to note that construction has already started throughout the florida keys. and yes, while more federal fund something need, i am thankful for the commitment made by fleast residents and elected officials to utilize existing federal funds in the near term.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:02:42 to 1:03:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: the florida keys is an area of great beauty, but we must be aware that even in paradise people go through struggles and through hard times. and these hardships take many faces. an individual on the brink of homelessness, a homeowner who is unable to obtain flood insurance due to a dowtairs enclouseure or a community worrying about

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:03:05 to 1:03:06( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: the clinliness -- cleanliness of

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