Home | En Español | Contact Us | A to Z 

HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 02-050
Brian Sullivan
(202)708-0685 x7527

For Release
May 6, 2002

Martinez Promotes American Dream Downpayment Fund in Detroit -- Michigan Would Receive $11 Million

DETROIT - President Bush's American Dream Downpayment Fund would provide more than $11 million to Michigan communities to help approximately 2,200 low-income families in the state purchase their first home. That was the message Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez delivered today during a news conference to celebrate the 100th home built by Habitat for Humanity Detroit.

Rep. Mike Rogers joined Martinez to promote the downpayment assistance program. Last month, Rep. Rogers introduced legislation to establish the American Dream Downpayment Fund, which will provide $200 million nationwide in fiscal year 2003 to assist low-income families meet the upfront expenses associated with buying a home. In addition, $50 million has already been appropriated for this fund and awaits Congressional approval to authorize the program.

"The downpayment can be the single greatest obstacle to homeownership," said Martinez. "With just a little help, President Bush and I believe hundreds of thousands of families can cross that threshold and share in the American Dream."

Rep. Rogers said, "Across America, there are thousands of families who just can't overcome the major financial hurdle to owning their own home - the downpayment. That's our focus with the American Dream Downpayment Act. To create the opportunity for families to achieve that dream."

President Bush's Fiscal Year 2003 budget request includes $200 million to help an estimated 40,000 families buy their first home. Qualifying families will receive an average of $5,000 to be used toward downpayment and closing cost assistance.

The American Dream Downpayment Fund will be administered under HUD's HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Since its inception in 1992, the HOME Program has played a vital role in addressing the shortages of affordable rental housing and homeownership in communities nationwide.

Should the Congress approve the measure, the American Dream Downpayment Fund would impact 19 Michigan communities.

Community Estimated Grant
Battle Creek
Bay City
Genesee County
Grand Rapids
Macomb County
Oakland County
Port Huron
Wayne County
State of Michigan

For more information about the American Dream Downpayment Fund, visit http://archives.hud.gov/news/2002/addfund.cfm.

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 at www.hud.gov.



Content Archived: April 9, 2010

FOIA Privacy Web Policies and Important Links [logo: Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity]
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20410
Telephone: (202) 708-1112 TTY: (202) 708-1455