Lawmakers, non-profit organizations observe National Homeownership Month

State Rep. Harvey Kenton adds his well-wishes to a section of wall constructed on Legislative Mall that will be used to create a nearby Habitat for Humanity home in Dover.

State Rep. Harvey Kenton adds his well-wishes to a section of wall constructed on Legislative Mall that will be used to create a nearby Habitat for Humanity home in Dover.

DOVER – The walls of a home were recently raised on Legislative Mall as part of Delaware’s observation of June as National Homeownership Month.

Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity and Delaware AmeriCorps members framed the home. Those walls will be used in Habitat’s construction of a house for Dover resident Janelle Woodton and her family in July.

“Homeownership matters,” said Eric Braunstein, President of the Delaware Association of Realtors, who spoke at the framing event.  “The sale of a home generates $50,000 in economic activity and that means jobs, jobs, jobs.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, while Delaware homeownership rates have fallen from their 2004 peak of 77.3 percent, last year 74.3 percent of The First State’s households were homeowners — nearly 10 percentage points ahead of the national average (64.5 percent).

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