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Washington, DC-Only two weeks into his job as president of the US conference of mayors, Boston Mayor Tom Menino rallied colleagues from around the nation to meet here yesterday.

The purpose of the meeting was to forge proposals for increasing and improving the nationals stock of affordable housing. The group is also urging the Bush administration and congress to pay more attention to the nation’s affordable housing crisis.

Late yesterday the mayors, including former HUD chairman and San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, met in breakout groups to hammer out proposals in five key areas: rental housing, home ownership, public housing, special needs housing and preservation of low-income housing.

A final session, set for early last evening, presented those proposals to the group at large. Later today, the mayors will mount an assault on Capital Hill to present their proposals to congress.

One of the key issues, Menino told GlobeSt.com, will be adaptability to specific locales. “Every city’s needs are different,” he said. “We want to build as much flexibility into our programs as possible.”

News on the proposals will appear tomorrow on GlobeSt.com.

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