Today the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Alphonso Jackson, address the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. His topic? How to create housing that homeowners can afford to buy and maintain. You see, there’s more to affording a home than just being able to buy it—you have to be able to take care of it, too. One of the biggest problems plaguing housing in this country is the need to help people retain their homes and maintain their property. The very real burden of maintaining a home is often forgotten. Siding that lasts; decks, porches, and fences made of low-maintenance materials; and landscaping that won’t require hours and hours of upkeep are just some of the ways to make sustained homeownership a reality. The Secretary’s address kicks off National Homeownership Month and is the first of many events across the country that will focus on educating buyers and builders on how to build property that can be maintained. It’s a good thing when the press decides to highlight such a real topic. Perhaps journalists—like many, many Americans—understand all too well how hard it is to keep ahead of home maintenance while working to pay the mortgage.