Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) spoke at the event and praised Mitchell for his contributions to the housing industry. Mitchell has served as chairman of the Homeownership Alliance for the past two years.
On Capitol Hill, the focus of Homeownership Month activities last Tuesday was an event to promote Habitat for Humanity’s “Congress Building America,” which encourages members to build low-income housing in their states and districts. Secretary Martinez and Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), along with NAH President Kent Conine, participated.
NAHB has created several advertisements to thank members of Congress for their support on housing issues. The first of those ads appeared last week in Roll Call and CQ Today.
NAHB has also prepared a proclamation on the importance of housing and has distributed it to state and local governments.
Also as part of the month’s activities, the Homeownership Tax Credit (HOTC) Coalition is planning several activities, including a media event at the National Press Club, a congressional staff briefing and possibly one or two hearings on Capitol Hill. The coalition is continuing to seek additional co-sponsors for legislation to create the tax credit.