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Home Builders Association of Delaware collaborates to celebrate Homeownership Month 2015

Contact: Jeremy Harper
Home Builders Association of Delaware
1600 N. Little Creek Road
Dover, DE 19901
Office: 302.678.1520

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.


AmeriCorps framing on 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.


Governor Jack Markell speaks on the importance of homeownership


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 Home Builders Association of Delaware, speaks about keeping housing affordable


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.


AmeriCorps and Habitat for Humanity with finished frame



Finished house frame

About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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