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Home Builders Association of Delaware
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Dover, DE 19901
Home Builders Association of Delaware collaborates to celebrate Homeownership Month 2015
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 – Governor Jack Markell, State Legislators, the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE), Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Habitat for Humanity of Central Delaware, Habitat for Humanity of Sussex County, AmeriCorps of Delaware, the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA), the Delaware Association of Realtors (DAR), and the Delaware Health and Social Services held a collaborative celebration event recognizing National Homeownership Month. The event took place in Dover, Delaware at Legislative Mall, in front of Legislative Hall.
Every year the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recognizes the month of June as National Homeownership Month. This year, the celebration pivoted around AmeriCorp’s Framing Frenzy, an annual event that brings together approximately 60 Delaware AmeriCorps members to frame a home for a Delawarean in need. Volunteers and legislators alike took part in the assembling process.
In recognition of the occasion, Governor Jack Markell spoke of the importance of homeownership within Delaware, boasting that 74% of Delawareans are homeowners, compared to the 64% national average. The Governor went on to express his gratitude to those who volunteered, as well as to present a statement in observance of homeownership month, declaring June 2015 as Homeownership Month.
In addition to the Governor, Representative Pete Schwartzkopf, Speaker of the House, reinforced the importance of homeownership and went on to present tributes from both the State Senate and the House of Representatives, recognizing the efforts of all those involved in this event.
Kevin Whittaker, President of the Home Builders Association of Delaware, spoke of the impact of first-time buyers on the economy and the necessity to keep housing affordable. A sentiment reflected by Janelle Woodton, receiver of the home being constructed. “To own my own home means a lot,” Ms. Woodton said, expressing her gratitude to those involved. She explained how she is only the 4th homeowner in her whole family, and that she wanted to show her kids that homeownership isn’t such an impossible dream.