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Hud Secretary, D.C. Mayor Build With Single Mom

Hud Secretary, D.C. Mayor Build Habitat Home With Family In Need

Washington, D.C., November 7, 2001- Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez today kicked off “The House the Secretary Built,” a Habitat for Humanity building project that will result in a new home for a District of Columbia family with a special-needs child.

Secretary Martinez and future Habitat homeowner Vernetta Young began rehabilitation of a vacant house in the NE Boundary Neighborhood area of Washington, D.C. The Secretary was joined by District of Columbia Mayor Anthony A. Williams, Fannie Mae Chair and CEO Franklin Raines, as well as HUD and Fannie Mae staff members and DC Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

“HUD is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity International on “The House the Secretary Built,” and is deeply committed to making homeownership possible for more Americans,” said HUD Secretary Martinez. “Every nail we pounded today brings Vernetta Young and her daughters that much closer to a goal that once seemed out of reach.”

“Working with our federal partners and Fannie Mae, the District of Columbia has helped bring new affordable housing options to thousands of District residents,” said Mayor Williams. “Yet the need still outweighs the supply. Working with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, we have begun to meet the need. I am honored to be part of this project that will not only provide a house for the Young family, but it will help build a stronger community for the District.”

DC Habitat for Humanity, the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is renovating the house at 6119 Clay St., NE. The house will be wheelchair-accessible to accommodate Young”s 12-year-old daughter, Tierra, who has cerebral palsy. Young, who must carry Tierra because her current residence is not wheelchair-accessible, looks forward to the larger, more accessible space for her daughters and granddaughter.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.