McFarland, CA, Jun 08, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Glenda Humiston today kicked off National Homeownership Month celebrations at the Colores del Sol subdivision by highlighting USDA's success in providing homeownership opportunities and safe, sanitary housing units to rural Californians.
National Homeownership Month is observed each June to raise awareness about the vital role homeownership plays in improving lives, creating jobs and economic opportunities, and strengthening America's neighborhoods. This year's theme is "Protecting the American Dream." Dozens of communities across the nation have planned events and activities throughout June to highlight their role in expanding homeownership.
"A strong Nation is made up of strong families, and safe, quality housing contributes greatly to rural Americans' quality of life," Humiston said. "Rural Development is committed to bringing the necessary resources to rural California to provide decent, affordable housing to those who need it."
Funding for the homes was provided in part through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which President Obama signed into law in February 2009. Through ARRA, USDA Rural Development provided $6.3 million to help families in McFarland purchase a new home. In total, the agency invested over $8.5 million to assist 47 families in purchasing a home in the Colores del Sol subdivision.
"A strong housing market is vital to a healthy Valley economy," said Congressman Jim Costa. "Recovery Act funds have made critical investments in our communities to promote responsible homeownership. We must do more, and as we enter National Homeownership Month I will continue to work with our local partners to strengthen housing opportunities for Valley residents."
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure, and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $134 billion in loans and loan guarantees.
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