On the Road Across America
Monday, June 16, 2003
A Daily Journal from the Homeownership Express!
New Orleans, Louisiana
even the scorching heat and the oppressive humidity could erase
the smile from the face of Sharrell Fischer as she welcomed the
"Homeownership Express" to New Orleans from the front
porch of her own home.
could hardly have looked prouder as she surveyed the scene - and
with good reason.
than a decade ago, she was barely getting by. But in 1997, Sharrell
qualified to receive Section 8 rental housing assistance, which
marked the first step on her path to realizing the American Dream
of homeownership. She spent the next few years taking housing education
courses sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans.
took her studies seriously, worked hard at her job, and remained
determined to become a homeowner. In July 2002, her dream came true.
8 opened many doors for me," said Sharrell, speaking to the
crowd that had gathered to greet the Homeownership Express. In describing
how owning a home of her own has changed her life, she said that
what she appreciates most of all is living in a quiet neighborhood.
I love the fact that this home is mine," said Sharrell.
families in New Orleans have already become homeowners through the
Section 8 Homeownership Program. President Bush wants to help many
more next year, and has proposed expanding the program so that it
can reach more citizens.
Sharrell's story tweaked listeners' emotions, then the remarks delivered
by HUD Deputy Secretary Alphonso Jackson and U.S. Representative
William Jefferson served as a call to action.
long-time Congressman noted that only 39 percent of minorities in
his district are homeowners - well below the national minority homeownership
rate of 48 percent and far below the overall national rate of 68
Secretary Jackson said that leaders on the national and local levels
must work together to help more minority individuals and families
become homeowners. The Deputy Secretary promised that HUD will continue
to demand accountability in the use of federal funds, ensuring that
housing assistance programs are as effective - and help as many
people - as possible. He also said that HUD Secretary Mel Martinez
and his entire team will continue to work to make the home settlement
process simpler and less costly.
two leaders applauded an announcement by the Neighborhood Reinvestment
Corporation of a $280,000 grant to Neighborhood Housing Services
of New Orleans in support of the local organization's Section 8
the program came to an end, folks helped themselves to muffins and
cold drinks - much appreciated on a hot and humid day.
The big bus is Florida bound
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