News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018269
ContactDelane Johnson(919) 873-2033
(SEPTEMBER 25, 2012) USDA PROVIDES SUPPORT TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE IN RURAL NORTH CAROLINA
Hendersonville, Sep 25, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development Housing Administrator Tammye Treviño announced today the award of three housing grants and two community facility loans to provide affordable housing and improved health and public safety services in rural North Carolina communities.

“The projects will create jobs and improve the quality of life in rural North Carolina,” Treviño said. “Quality homes, clinics, and emergency services are building blocks for a vibrant rural America. The Obama Administration is committed to investing in rural communities by providing loans and grants for facilities and critical infrastructure that build thriving economies for the long term.”

During her visit to Henderson County, Treviño announced that the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) will receive almost $425,000 in Self Help Housing Grant funds to oversee the construction of 15 basic homes for low-income residents in Henderson County and surrounding areas. The Administrator also toured a subdivision that was built with USDA funding support.

Treviño also announced a $383,000 grant to Mountain Housing Opportunities in Asheville to help build basic homes in the area. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, the Indian Housing Authority also received a $200,000 grant to assist with construction of eight homes.

The Administrator also met with representatives of Hot Springs Health Programs, Inc., in Mars Hill. The health firm is the recipient of a $2.9 million loan for the construction of a replacement medical clinic. When finished, the new clinic will provide space for four additional physicians.

Treviño also announced that Wilkes – Iredell Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. in Wilkesboro will receive a $475,000 Community Facility Direct loan to purchase emergency response equipment.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.

USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. 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 additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.

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