News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017959
ContactEmily Cannon(207) 990-9175
Bangor, ME, Jul 03, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development has selected the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program for a Community Facility Direct Loan in the amount of $400,000.

The Community Facility Loan will assist the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in purchasing a building for use as its main administrative office, providing it with a more permanent presence in the community. This new building will allow the organization to expand its services. Maine is one of the leading states concerning the need for long term care for its residents, and also for long term care advocacy. Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a non-profit agency whose mission is to advocate for quality of life and care for long term care consumers. It is located in Augusta but serves the entire state of Maine.

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said, “I am very pleased that USDA Rural Development could provide support to the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to assist them with the delivery of their essential services which help thousands of Maine people every year in need of and advocacy for long-term care in the nation’s most aging state.”

USDA Rural Development has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a State Office, located in Bangor. There are 69 employees working to deliver the agency’s Housing, Business, and Community Programs, which are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, and farmers, and improve the quality of life in rural Maine. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at