Nation's Mayors Build to Celebrate Homeownership Month
MADISON, Wis., June 14 - The nation's mayors today donned hard hats, swung hammers, pounded nails and raised the wall of a Habitat for Humanity house, sponsored by Freddie Mac, to build awareness about affordable housing issues and to celebrate National Homeownership Month. It is the sixth consecutive year the mayors have helped build a Habitat house as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meetings.
Mayor Susan J.M. Bauman of Madison, along with the other mayors, was joined today by HUD Secretary Mel Martinez, Governor Scott McCallum, volunteers and supporters. The group worked together to raise a wall to help symbolize the importance of building not only a house, but a strong family and community as well.
"I can't imagine a better way to observe National Homeownership Month than to invite mayors from all across America to help raise the walls on a new Habitat for Humanity home in Madison," said Bauman. "Affordable housing is at the heart of any discussion of how we create livable cities, and it is among my highest priorities for Madison."
National Homeownership Month is an initiative with leadership from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help promote homeownership, particularly among minority and low- to middle-income families or individuals, through national and regional events.
"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 Month."
Freddie Mac, one of the largest buyers of home mortgages in the United States, is sponsoring the Madison house. "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, senior vice president of Freddie Mac.
Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, founded in 1987, has built 60 new and rehabilitated Habitat houses. "We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our local Habitat affiliate's 15th anniversary than to build Habitat homes with the nation's mayors," said Steve Millar, president of the board of directors for HFH of Dane County.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian housing 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 120,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.