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Executive Summary

Buying a home is the biggest single investment most people will make in their lives. Homeownership is a cornerstone of America’s healthy, vibrant communities, and benefits individual families by helping them build stability and long term financial security. But sadly, homeownership is out of reach for many Americans - especially for minority families. For millions of these families, homeownership is a distant, unreachable dream.

President Bush has a comprehensive agenda to help increase the number of minority homeowners by at least 5.5 million before the end of the decade.

While the overall homeownership rate has reached an all time high of nearly 68 percent, the statistics show a clear and persistent homeownership gap:

A new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - which analyzed the most recent homeownership data from the U.S. Census Bureau - highlights the many barriers that prevent minority families from owning their own home. The barriers include:

It doesn’t have to be this way. The President’s agenda will help tear down the barriers to homeownership that stand in the way of our nation’s African-American, Hispanic and other minority families by:

The President also believes that government alone can’t close America’s homeownership gap. It is critical that our government challenge the private sector to take concrete steps to tear down the barriers to homeownership that face minority families. The President is issuing "America’s Homeownership Challenge" to the real estate and mortgage finance industries to join in his effort to increase the number of minority homeowners by 5.5 million families by the end of the decade. Many organizations have already responded to the President’s challenge by committing to:

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