On the Road Across America
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
A Daily Journal from the Homeownership Express!
HUD's "Homeownership Express" pulled into Jacksonville,
it was carrying two valuable pieces of cargo: a busload of resources
to help families build new lives in homes of their own, and news
that Florida would be receiving $62 million in federal grants to
help shelter its people and strengthen its communities.
dollars will go toward rental housing development, homeownership
assistance, housing rehabilitation, preventing homelessness, transitional
housing for former prisoners, public facilities and infrastructure,
community development projects, economic development, technical
assistance, and meeting other critically important local needs.
years, these funds have built and rehabilitated homes, fueled business
development to create jobs, and improved the overall health of our
nation's communities," said HUD Assistant Secretary for Community
Planning and Development Roy Bernardi. "These funds are designed
by each individual community to best meet unique local needs."
visit by the Homeownership Express created the perfect opportunity
to celebrate the strong partnership that has united HUD with the
City of Jacksonville, Habijax (the Jacksonville branch of Habitat
for Humanity), the Jacksonville Housing Authority, and other key
players dedicated to creating housing opportunities for the people
the past few years, this collective effort has been instrumental
in opening the doors of homeownership to more than 400 residents
of public housing alone.
you have achieved here in Jacksonville demonstrates more vividly
than words what we can accomplish when government, nonprofits, housing
authorities, volunteers, and local businesses join together to help
our neighbors achieve the American Dream," said Assistant Secretary
for Humanity's success is proof that organizations rooted in faith
are indeed changing America - one life at a time, one home at a
time. Thousands of grassroots organizations around the country that
aren't necessarily as big as Habitat have hearts that are equally
large, and they're anxious to partner with the federal government
to better serve their communities.
exactly what the President's Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
is all about: removing the barriers that block grassroots organizations
from reaching out even further and touching even more lives.
Secretary Bernardi was joined in Jacksonville by Brian Noyes, HUD's
Regional Director for the Southeast/Caribbean; city officials; community
leaders; Habijax Director Joe Honeycutt; Jacksonville Housing Authority
Director Ronnie Ferguson; and other key non-profit organizations.
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