Housing Secretary Jack Kemp said Wednesday he was ``committed to a vigorous effort to expand the housing stock, both public and private.'' Mr. Kemp told a meeting of black Atlanta leaders arranged by Coretta Scott King, ``There are fiscal restraints I am going to be considerate of ... but we're going to make a difference.''
Kemp said he hoped to expand affordable housing for low-income people through both federal projects and incentives to encourage private development, but made no promise to spend more on housing.
He said he would push for ``dramatic incentives'' to attract business investment into inner cities, and consider other innovative public and private inducements to bring jobs and housing to blighted areas.
``We've got to do it at the federal level because only the federal government can provide dramatic incentives,'' he said.