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Jimmy Carter: Congress Must Secure More Funding For Affordable Housing

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Former US President Jimmy Carter speaks during a news conference, held at the end of a three-day visit to the formerly military-ruled country by the group known as 'The Elders', for talks with reformist President Thein Sein, religious leaders and civil society groups in Yangon on September 26, 2013. Former world leaders led by ex-US president Jimmy Carter appealed on September 26 for an end to impunity over a wave of anti-Muslim attacks in Myanmar. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU (Photo credit s | Getty

OAKLAND, Calif. — OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says he would work as harmoniously as he could with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to secure more federal funding for affordable housing if he were back in the White House.

Carter made the comment on Monday at a construction site in Oakland, where he and his wife, Rosalynn, are commemorating their three-decade relationship with Habitat for Humanity by helping build a new 12-unit townhome development.

The former president said helping poor families live in and own decent housing is the best investment governments in the U.S. and abroad can make to reduce crime and improve quality of life.

Carter says Oakland is wealthy by the standards of most communities he and his wife have visited, yet a recent daylight holdup at the Habitat construction site demonstrates families are struggling everywhere.

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