|Sep 13, 2011 --
Mrs. Alana Rodríguez-Toro is a 26 years old single mother with one son, Marcel I. Cruz Rodriguez.
Marcel is two years old and was diagnosed with autism and other medical disorders. Both were living in a rented house in the municipality of Ponce, near a Cement Factory where the fugitive dust of the cement factory was seriously affecting Marcel’s health condition. Marcel’s Doctor suggested they move to another area away from the existing contaminated environment.
Mrs. Rodríguez-Toro, desperate and concern about her son’s health condition, went to our Rural Development Office in the municipality of Juana Diaz, and initiated a application process where she was pre-qualified for a direct RH-502 loan. She was able to find a new house in the municipality of Juana Diaz that met RHS regulation and received approval for a loan of $110,000.
Our Housing Program was a able to help Marcel and her mother by providing access to a new home for both. Now Mrs. Rodriguez-Toro and her son are living in a safe, sanitary dwelling. She also is a successful new homeowner and is living in a better community where the quality of life of her family has improved.
She is very happy and has expressed that without USDA Rural Development she would not have been able to be a homeowner.