December 6, 1983

Ms. Diana M. Moore
[personal information removed]

Dear Ms. Moore:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your recent letter in which you outlined some of the problems you and your family have had to cope with over the last year.

Unfortunately, you are not alone in your predicament. All too often I hear from people in our community who do not have adequate housing. In an effort to try and alleviate some of the hardships which many citizens now face, I worked for the passage of a $15.6 billion housing authorization bill, which the President recently signed into law.

The bill will put the federal government back in the business of building new rental housing for the first time since President Reagan took office. The changes to be brought about as a result of this bill are sorely needed. However, they are only the first step, much more needs to be done. You can rest assured that I will continue my efforts to ensure that every American has a decent place to live.

On a different note you will be happy to hear that the Congress is considering measures to reduce child abuse, particularly in the area of child pornography.

The Child Protection Act now being considered by Congress will drastically increase the financial penalty for persons convicted of pornographic crimes involving children. In addition, this measure attempts to eliminate some of the legal road-blocks which prevent the proper protection of our children and which prevent the conviction of pornographic offenders.

I will be carefully following the progress of this bill as it moves to the House floor for general debate and consideration. Only by implementing sound protective measures can we put an end to the devastating effects that pornography has on our children.

In closing, I want to thank you for sharing your thoughts with me on these important issues. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with regard to this or any other matter of concern to you.

Augustus F. Hawkins
Member of Congress