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U.S. Conference of Mayors to Build Habitat House

U.S. Conference of Mayors to Celebrate National Homeownership Week by Building Habitat House

New Orleans - June 8, 1999 - The nation’s mayors will don tool belts and swing hammers with Habitat for Humanity, on a house sponsored by Freddie Mac, to celebrate National Homeownership Week June 5-12.

On June 11, during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in New Orleans, mayors will take a hands-on approach to promoting homeownership. Immediately after a workshop on affordable homeownership, the mayors will pick up their tools to work with one of the nation’s top builders of low-income homes.

“Habitat for Humanity has helped thousands upon thousands of low-income families all over the world achieve the dream we all aspire to, homeownership,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “My fellow mayors and I are delighted and privileged to build together in what promises to be a highlight of our annual conference.”

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo commended the Conference of Mayors for joining in the effort. “When mayors pick up hammers and saws to build a home with a family in need, they transform the American Dream of homeownership into a beautiful reality,” Cuomo said. “As someone who has helped build Habitat homes, I know the tremendous satisfaction of working hard with your hands to help a deserving family.”

This will be the third year the U.S. Conference of Mayors has worked with Habitat for Humanity to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for families in need. Saul Ramirez, HUD deputy secretary, plans to join the mayors in their build.

“Families form the foundation of a healthy community, and a family cannot be healthy without having a simple, decent place in which to live,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “So it is fitting that community leaders who are working to improve communities come together to build with Habitat for Humanity during National Homeownership Week.”

Freddie Mac, one of the largest buyers of home mortgages in the United States, is sponsoring the New Orleans home. “Freddie Mac is proud to work with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Habitat for Humanity and HUD to demonstrate how partnership can help build affordable housing and strengthen communities,” said Dwight Robinson, vice president of Industry Relations at Freddie Mac.

The National Partners in Homeownership, an unprecedented public-private partnership working to dramatically increase American homeownership, sponsors national Homeownership Week. Freddie Mac, Habitat for Humanity International, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are among the 66 organizations that form the Partnership.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 70,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. With affiliates in every state of the United States and in 62 other countries around the world, Habitat for Humanity expects to build its 100,000th home in September 2000.