Congressional Leaders Begin Work on “The House That Congress Built”
Washington, D.C. - May 21, 1997 - Congressional leaders will begin building two Habitat homes in southeast Washington on Thursday, June 5, 1997. This event, “The House That Congress Built,” kicks off National Homeownership Week, June 7-14. This build is a collaborative effort of the private, public and nonprofit sectors supporting President Clinton’s nationwide initiative for homeownership to reach an all-time high by the end of the century.
Recently the House of Representatives introduced a resolution to call national attention to the importance of decent housing for all Americans. Support for the resolution has come from House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton as well as Congressmen Jerry Lewis, Lewis Stokes, Rick Lazio, and Joe Kennedy, the chairs and ranking members of the subcommittees dealing with housing. Members of Congress and staff will work on the homes throughout the summer for completion in early October.
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is one of the National Partners in Homeownership. HFHI is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat works in partnership with people in need to build simple, decent shelter that is sold at no profit, through no-interest loans. To date, Habitat has built over 55,000 homes worldwide in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 53 countries.