Housing advocates are ecstatic about the appointment of former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Moreover, at least 11 of the 13 freshmen Democrats named to the House Banking Committee are viewed as strongly in favor of new housing and community development initiatives. Finally, the expected ascension of Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., to chair the housing subcommittee of the Senate banking panel and the continuation of Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., as chairwoman of the housing-related subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee completes the circuit for those who seek more action in the housing area.

"We are delighted at these appointments," enthused John T. McEvoy, executive director of of the National Council of State Housing Agencies.

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