Americus, Ga. - June 6, 2000 - Mayors from across the country are taking an active role in affordable housing as they pick up their tool belts to work with Habitat for Humanity and partner families.
On June 9 at 9 a.m. mayors will kick off this year's U.S. Conference of Mayors by swinging hammers and raising walls at 6504 and 6506 29th Ave. South, off of South Morgan St. in Seattle. This fourth annual Conference of Mayors Build, sponsored by Freddie Mac, celebrates National Home Ownership Week.
"We believe building a home with a family epitomizes what being a mayor is all about - helping our citizens to improve their neighborhoods and their lives," said Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "We value our partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, Freddie Mac, and HUD."
HUD deputy secretary Saul Ramirez plans to join the mayors in the build. "We are making the dream of homeownership a reality," said HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo. "There is a strong sense of pride and commitment when mayors, community leaders and families gather to build homes."
Freddie Mac, Habitat for Humanity International, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and HUD are among the 66 organizations that form the National Partners in Homeownership.
"I hope the mayors will continue work toward eliminating poverty housing in their own communities," said Millard Fuller, HFHI president and founder.
Freddie Mac is a shareholder-owned corporation dedicated to increasing homeownership. "Homeownership builds wealth and strong communities," said Dwight Robinson, senior vice president, corporate relations. "Together, we are helping families invest in their futures."
"Families are an essential thread in the fabric of our communities, and Habitat for Humanity has helped thousands achieve homeownership," said Seattle Mayor Paul Schell. "My fellow mayors and I know that when a family has a place to call home, it stabilizes that family, which in turn stabilizes our neighborhoods, cities and our nation."
Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. HFHI and its 1,941 affiliates in 67 nations have built and sold more than 85,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.