Albuquerque, Jun 21, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner headed a contingent of USDA staff to provide information and applications for programs including: Farming, Land, Business, Housing, Infrastructure and Community Projects through USDA’s StrikeForce initiative.
Prior to the workshop Brunner made three presentations as part of the National Homeownership Month Celebration held in Deming. Two citations were given to the Southwestern Regional Housing and Community Development Corporation (SRHCDC) for its work in providing help to those seeking mortgage loans. Also, the agency received a certificate of congratulations for its successful application of $61,000 to create a revolving loan fund to help fund very small businesses. Ms. Rosa Perez of 1st New Mexico Bank was also honored for her work in providing housing opportunities to those living in Luna County.
SRHCDC was nominated for the certificate of appreciation by Rural Development staff for its work to provide assistance in preparing potential applicants for homeownership in the Luna County area. The agency helps potential homeowner’s with pre-purchase counseling, post-purchase counseling and homebuyer education.
Ms. Rosa Perez the vice president of 1st New Mexico Bank in Deming was also given a citation because she is the leading producer using the mortgage financing programs offered by USDA Rural Development. The recommendation for the certificate was made by RD staff and it read, “We greatly appreciate Rosa Perez’s professionalism, dedication and caring attitude towards the potential applicants interested in Guaranteed Rural Housing.”
During the presentation ceremony Brunner said, “Homeownership for some is just a dream and I want to commend both the Southwestern Regional Housing and Community Development Corporation and Rosa Perez for their dedication to making that dream come true for so many people in Luna County.”
After the presentation the StrikeForce initiative portion of the day’s event was held. The public was given an opportunity to talk to USDA staff on a one on one basis on the various programs offered by USDA agencies including the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Lawrence Rael joined Brunner in hosting the StrikeForce initiative in Deming and as he addressed the crowd he talked about the importance of the StrikeForce initiative, “The key to the Strike Force’s success will be the collaboration of USDA and all stakeholders addressing the critical needs in New Mexico’s persistent poverty communities.”
Residents from throughout Luna County were given information and applications for various programs including: Farming, Land, Business, Housing, Infrastructure and Community Projects.
Once the applications are processed and approved funding will be made available to help the applicants with the financial resources to better their lives.
The agencies making up the U.S. Department of Agriculture are committed to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents by providing the necessary resources to foster growth in rural America. Further information on USDA programs is available at any local USDA office or by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.usda.gov