HUD Joins in as
Regional Director Joseph Galvan (second from left in center row) joined representatives from Counties across the United States as they helped build a Habitat for Humanity House in Milwaukee on July 10, 2003. Work on the Habitat House, sponsored by Freddie Mac, served as the kick-off to the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2003 Annual Conference held in Milwaukee on July 11-15, 2003.
Director Galvan gave recognition to special guests from around the country, discussed the Secretary's homeownership priorities, and helped out in the construction of the Habitat House by installing siding. Jean Leslie, the Executive Director of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, introduced Shenika Jackson, the mother of three children, who is the new Habitat homeowner. Ms. Jackson works at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is also in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Habitat for Humanity is scheduled to complete 24 new homes and the rehabilitation of four older homes in Milwaukee this year. The group has completed more than 150,000 homes worldwide.
|Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker, was among the County Officials from across the nation who helped build the Habitat housing.|
|Bob Berlan, Community Planning and Development Director in the Milwaukee Field Office, answered questions for one of the participants at the NACo Annual Conference exhibition hall.|
|HUD Senior Counsel A. Bryant Applegate addressed the America's Housing Challenge Workshop.|
Frank Vaccarella, HUD's Senior Intergovernmental Relations Officer, addressed NACo's Community and Economic Development Steering Committee on July 12. The Steering Committee is comprised of approximately 80 elected officials and practitioners with a strong interest in housing and economic development issues. At the Committee meeting, Mr. Vaccarella presented NACo with three resolutions in support of the Administration's strategies to end chronic homelessness, to provide down payment assistance to lower income families, and to increase funding for the Colonias Gateway Initiative. Secretary Mel Martinez has praised NACo for adopting these resolutions.