Albuquerque, Jun 03, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today Rural Development launched their National Homeownership Month celebrations with a kickoff event honoring an Española household. The celebration is one of many events to be held across the nation during the month of June. The month long activities and events will focus on housing’s role in creating jobs and stimulating economic activity.
USDA Rural Development together with the Realtors Association of New Mexico (RANM) will hold numerous activities across the state to bring more attention to homeownership as a major economic driver. During the events, information will be provided to educate the public on how to purchase a home and access financial support for business development and expansion.
New Mexico’s kick-off event was held in Española where Brunner honored 75 year old Magdalena Vigil for her successful application of funds from USDA Rural Development to repair her home. During the cold weather in February, Ms. Vigil discovered that her hot water heater was in need of replacement. After inspecting her house, it was discovered she needed many other repairs such as: new sheetrock, new flooring, bathroom upgrades, new windows and a new air conditioner. The repairs were all funded through USDA Rural Development’s loan and grant rehabilitation program.
During the ceremony, as Brunner was presenting Ms. Vigil with an American flag, he said, “USDA Rural Development is committed to helping families reach their dream of homeownership in rural New Mexico which helps our rural communities survive and prosper.” Brunner added, “USDA visited Espanola last February to talk to residents about how they can use our programs to address damages to their homes resulting from February’s record cold weather. Since then, we’ve received more than 200 applications seeking financial assistance from people like Ms. Vigil.”
National Homeownership Month began in 1997 as a challenge to increase the number of homeowners throughout the United States. Government studies have shown that homeownership is a key element in the nation’s economy with the housing industry accounting for about 15 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in a typical year. Studies also show that neighborhoods are strengthened when there is a higher percentage of homeownership. Homeowners are proven to be more active in their neighborhoods, they contribute more to their communities and a more stable environment for families is created.
It is also believed that without a strong business environment, the possibility of buying a home is very difficult. The outreach that is planned includes one-on-one visits with small business owners to explain the various business programs offered by USDA Rural Development for development of and expansion of small businesses in rural New Mexico.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov
Homeownership Month Event Schedule
June 3 Española 9:30 AM --Housing and business presentations at the Beatrice Martinez Senior Center located at 735 Vietnam Veterans Road, Espanola NM 87532. Staff will provide information on business and housing financing programs.
Española, NM 11:30 AM --Kickoff event at the Magdalena Vigil’s home located at 1623 Greenfield in Española, NM. Family will be honored for their successful application of funds to upgrade and fix their home after cold weather in February damaged their home.
June 6 T or C, NM 9:00 AM --Housing and Business staff will meet with individuals to discuss business and homeownership financing opportunities beginning at:
10:00 AM John Mulcahy at Sierra County Economic Development Office 400 West 4th Street, T or C, NM
12:00 PM Address to be made to Realtors Association of New Mexico (RANM) annual housing caravan at the Café Bella Luca 303 Jones Street, T or C, NM
June 9 Las Vegas, NM 9:00 AM --Housing and Business staff will meet with individuals to discuss business and homeownership financing opportunities at USDA RD office located at 1927-A North 7th Street in Las Vegas.
10:45 AM Meet with 74 year old Ms. Stephanita Vigil at her home at 314 Valencia Street, Las Vegas to visit and inspect her home that was remodeled with USDA funds to weatherize home.
11:30 AM Meet with Robert and Jacqueline Polaco at their home located at 4008 8th Street in Las Vegas. The Polaco’s have had major work done to their home utilizing USDA RD funds. During the meeting Mr. Brunner will be given a tour of the construction.
12:00 PM Address to be made to Realtors Association of New Mexico (RANM) annual housing caravan at the Hillcrest Restaurant, 1106 Grand Avenue, Las Vegas, NM
June 13 Tucumcari, NM 10:00 AM --Welcome by Tucumcari Mayor Jim Witcher at the Del Norte Community Center at 423 North 4th Street in Tucumcari. Information will be provided by Rural Development business and housing staff to small business owners and homeowners about financing opportunities.
11:00 AM Tucumcari Senior Center 523 South 3rd Street, Tucumcari, NM 88401 (staff will give overview of financing programs).
12:00 Noon MainStreet luncheon at the Pow Wow Restaurant at 801 West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari, NM 88401will feature State Director Terry Brunner on homeownership and business financing.
June 21 Grants, NM 1:00 PM RD staff will conduct a workshop on business and housing financing. The workshop is open to the public and will be held at the Grants Senior Citizens Center located at 550 Jurassic Court, in Grants, NM 87020-4013
June 23 Lordsburg, NM 9:00 AM welcome event by Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriquez at Lordsburg City Hall located at 409 W Wabash St, Lordsburg, NM 88045. After welcome event business and housing staff will meet with individuals along the business district on the main streets of Lordsburg about financing opportunities.
June 29 Lovington, NM 1:00 PM welcome address by Lovington Mayor Dixie Drummond at the Lovington Senior Center located at 18 West Avenue “F”. After welcome event business and housing staff will meet with individuals about financing opportunities at the Lovington Chamber of Commerce located at 201 South Main, in Lovington, NM 88260.
July 14 Silver City, NM 11:30 AM Casa Linda Apartment Complex at 100 East 17th Street, Silver city, NM 88061 a ribbon cutting and partner of the year award which will go to W.E. (Butch) Medlock for his commitment to preserving affordable housing in five apartment complexes across the state of New Mexico using USDA RD funds. The award will be given posteumiously to Mr. Medlock’s family during the ceremony.