News Release
Release No.STELPRD4013265
ContactDawn Knepp717-237-2286
Montgomery, PA, Nov 28, 2011 --


USDA Rural Development and Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Program
Sign a Memorandum of Understanding


MONTGOMERY, Pa., Nov. 28, 2011—USDA Rural Development and Habitat for Humanity signed an agreement to work together to open the doors of homeownership for people living and working in rural Pennsylvania.

   “Providing safe housing to rural residents is a key to maintaining stable communities and creating jobs,” said Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams. “Across America, USDA works in partnership with community organizations and non-profit groups like Habitat for Humanity to improve living conditions for thousands of rural residents.”

The agreement was signed in the living room of a newly constructed home in Montgomery, the first home financed and built with the new partnership between Rural Development and Habitat for Humanity. The new family plans to celebrate the holidays in their new home.

USDA Rural Development administers the 502 direct single family housing program for the purpose of providing safe and affordable housing for very low or low income residents who are unable to obtain credit elsewhere, with interest rates as low as one percent—and no down payment.

Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of approximately 110 employees located in 11 offices throughout Pennsylvania. 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. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at