WASHINGTON (Inman News Features) - Homeownership Alliance, a coalition of more than a dozen organizations, announced today that Habitat for Humanity has joined the group. Habitat since 1976 has built more than 115,000 houses in more than 80 countries, including some 42,000 homes across the United States. The homes are sold to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.

"We look forward to a productive partnership with Habitat for Humanity that will help strengthen the role of housing in the economy, remove barriers to homeownership and close the gap in minority and female head-of-household homeownership," said Alliance Chairman Bob Mitchell.

The group?s other members include the Consumer Federation of America, the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, the Enterprise Foundation, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Independent Community Bankers of America, Independent Insurance Agents of America, Local Initiatives Support Corp., National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, World Floor Covering Association, National Bankers Association, National Council of La Raza and National Urban League.