leaving the Twin Cities, the "Homeownership Express" headed
to the banks of Lake Michigan, carrying the homeownership message
into Milwaukee. The visit coincided with the Third Annual Milwaukee
Community Development Summit.
emphasize the crucial role that homeownership plays in strengthening
communities, the bus unloaded at the Italian Community Center, the
site of the Summit. Throughout the day, folks attending the Summit -
along with other interested Milwaukee citizens - learned about
the opportunities for homeownership that can be found right in their
own community. Housing counselors were also on hand to answers questions.
station WNOV-AM broadcast live from the site of the Express. Whether
they joined the discussion by phone or in person, WNOV listeners
had the opportunity to ask questions about homeownership and get
advice from a panel of experts. The broadcast delivered vital information
on such important topics as housing counseling, down payment assistance,
flexible mortgage financing, as well as other resources that can
help families realize the American Dream of homeownership for themselves.
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Roy Bernardi
delivered the Summit's keynote address at. He is the former mayor
of Syracuse, New York, and is uniquely qualified to speak about
the steps that communities can take to help meet their housing needs.
Assistant Secretary Bernardi talked about the advantages areas such
as Milwaukee enjoy because of their status as Renewal Communities -
a designation that helps to spur economic growth through special
tax incentives that encourage community revitalization efforts.
in the event were Fannie Mae, The Housing Authority of the City
of Milwaukee, Housing Resources, Inc. (a HUD-approved counseling
agency), IndependenceFirst, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing
Council, North Shore Bank, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
Homeownership in the heartland as the Express arrives in Iowa.