I am outraged that the very people who plunged us into a deep housing crisis with outrageous lending practices are now being bailed out. But my work on the board of the Housing Assistance Corporation has taught me that affordable, decent housing has been a serious problem on the Cape and Islands long before the national crash. We need to integrate workforce housing into our communities so that our next generation of teachers, nurses, police officers, and firefighters can raise their families with comfort and pride. State government must work with local lenders and community activists — not anonymous, off-Cape mortgage companies — to ensure that our future, not corporate profit, comes first.