Ogallala, Nebraska, Jun 27, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul and staff celebrated National Homeownership Month today in Ogallala, Nebraska with a plaque presentation to Victoria Blea for her achievement of homeownership. This year’s National Homeownership Month’s theme is “Rural Housing/Rural Jobs.”
“Congratulations to Victoria on her role as a homeowner,” said Moul. “A home is a good investment personally and for the community. Partnering was the key to bringing homeownership to Victoria. We look forward to working with our partners to assist many more households with their housing needs.”
Victoria Blea, a single mother of four boys, was residing in an apartment complex in Denver, Colorado. She wanted to move to Ogallala, Nebraska to help take care of her mother. Moving to Ogallala would also provide her with the opportunity to raise her children in a rural community. Victoria, who lived on a fixed income, wanted to purchase her own home so she took the initiative to attend a Home Buyer Education course. Victoria would need to find a housing program that provided not only a loan but also down payment assistance.
In May 2011, USDA Rural Development provided a loan of $70,250 to Victoria through the Single Family Housing Direct Homeownership Loan program. Keith County Housing Development Corporation provided $665 for closing cost assistance through their Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance program which is administered through a partnership with West Central Nebraska Development District.