HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 04-OR-3
Tom Cusack
(503) 326-2561
For Release
June 2, 2004


PORTLAND - Hundreds of low-income families living in Oregon communities can now realize the dream of
homeownership because of $2.1 million in American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) funding announced today
by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. (see chart below).

State Community American Dream Funding*
Oregon Eugene Consortium $176,588
Portland Consortium $570,823
Salem Consortium $112,006
Clackamas County $156,846
Washington County Consortium $260,558
State of Oregon $872,156
Oregon Total $2,148,977

* Local communities will receive their funding at various times to coincide with the start of their fiscal years.

"The single greatest obstacle to homeownership is the downpayment and closing costs," said Jackson. "This program, will give first-time homebuyers downpayment assistance grants up to $10,000 or six percent of the home's purchase price, whichever is greater. Not only will these grants help to defray the upfront costs of purchasing a first home, they can also be used to help offset the costs of rehabilitating the property."

To be eligible for this assistance, individuals must be first-time homebuyers interested in purchasing one- to four-family housing, condominium unit, cooperative unit or manufactured housing. In addition, individuals who qualify for this assistance must have incomes not exceeding 80 percent of area median income. If you are interested in
obtaining downpayment assistance through this program, please contact your local community.

Jackson said, "During the Bush Administration, a record number of new homeowners, specifically minority families,
have achieved a home of their own. I encourage Congress to fully support the President's request to continue this important new homeownership tool so even more Washington families can realize their American Dream."

The American Dream Downpayment Act will be administered under HUD's HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Since its inception, the HOME Program has assisted more than 300,000 families to become homeowners, 55 percent of which are minorities. Information about The American Dream Downpayment Initiative is available on the Internet.

"June is National Homeownership month - a month-long educational outreach effort designed to provide important homebuying information and financial tools, particularly to minority families," said Tom Cusack, HUD's Portland Field Office Director. "HUD's Portland office will be participating in many outreach events".

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and


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