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Sen. Rubio touts the “Helper Act” home loans for first responders and teachers

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A new home under construction is seen Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in Apopka, Fla. U.S. builders began work on more homes last month, evidence that the housing market is slowly healing.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

With housing costs soaring, Florida Senator Marco Rubio says the Helper Act would establish a one-time use home loan for first responders and teachers to ensure they can afford to live near their jobs.

Rubio is promoting the Helper Act, which stands for the Homes for Every Local Provider, Educator and Responder bill, during National Police Week.

Sen. Rubio adds that home prices have skyrocketed and it’s not fair to expect people to deal with long commutes just to get to work, especially essential workers.

He says the Helper Act will also help retain qualified employees. Currently, BSO is struggling to staff its emergency 911 dispatch center and Miami’s pubic defender and prosecutor’s offices have seen a mass exodus of attorneys who cannot afford to live and work in the city on their salaries.

The bill is supported by Heroes First Home Loans.

Meanwhile, Rubio is struggling to hold onto his Senate seat.

According to the survey of registered voters, the two-term senator is polling below 50%. In the head-to-head challenge with Democratic Rep. Val Demings, poll results were 49% to 42% in his favor, with a +/- margin or error of 4%.

That’s good news for the Orlando-area member of Congress this early in the election cycle, who is serving her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before heading to Congress, she was Orlando’s chief of police.