Success Story
Release No.STELPRD4011744
, Aug 15, 2011 --

The Need:

Ms. Saphrey Robison of Sikeston has nerve damage to her legs and needed to make her home more accessible for her needs. Ms. Robison stated, “These repairs will allow me to keep my independence and will make my home so much easier to get around in. These are things that we take for granted until we are unable to do as we once did.” She added, “Not only is it more accessible for me but my family as well. My sister, who is also disabled, has not been able to come to my house since I did not have a handrail at my door. She is now able to come to my house to visit.”

How Rural Development Helped:

Ms. Robison contacted the local USDA Rural Development office in Charleston and worked with them to utilize the 504 Home Repair Program. With this program, homeowners may obtain loans to make home repairs such as a new roof, windows, heat and air units, and handicap accessibility issues, just to name a few. Grant funds may be available for those 62 years of age and older which are unable to repay a loan. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines. Applicants use the contractor of their choice to make the needed repairs.

The Results:

Ms. Robison says that she is “absolutely thrilled” with repairs that were recently made to her home. Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding the Rural Development rural housing programs, or any other assistance available through USDA Rural Development, may visit the homepage at or contact Tracy L. Jordan, Area Specialist or Chris Morris, Area Technician, at the Charleston Sub Area Office of USDA Rural Development at 831 S Hwy 105, Charleston, Missouri 63834 or by calling (573) 649-9947 ext 4.