News Release
Release No.STELPRD4019185
ContactJill Rees(503) 414-3302
Rod Hansen(503) 414-3353
Portland, OR, Jan 14, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development has announced the approval of $6 million in loans and grants to support construction of 43 units of rental housing for farm worker families in The Dalles and Silverton, Oregon.

The two planned apartment complexes in Oregon are among 12 facilities across the nation selected for funding and announced by Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager last week.

“The Obama Administration is committed to helping all residents in rural America,” said Tonsager. "This program provides clean, safe, affordable housing to rural farm labor residents.”

The current funding announcement supports the construction, purchase, and/or rehabilitation of rural, multi-family, farm labor housing properties through USDA Rural Development’s Farm Labor Housing loan and grant program. The program is designed to help the domestic workers who sustain agricultural production to access good quality, supportive living conditions.

“USDA is leading across-the-board efforts to create an environment of rural success and prosperity,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Vicki Walker. “Our integrated program delivery is helping meet the needs of a rapidly evolving rural landscape that encompasses business and economic development, as well as the infrastructure and modern housing needed to support it all,” she explained.

Click here to view a full listing of funding selections included in the current announcement.

Through the announcement, the nonprofit Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation has been conditionally approved for a $1.5 million loan and $1.5 million in grants to support an $8.5 million development in The Dalles, Oregon. The planned Cielo Grande apartment complex will provide 23 units of affordable housing for farm worker families in the Wasco County area.

In addition, USDA Rural Development notified Salem-Keizer Community Development Corporation (SKCDC) of their approval for a $1.5 million loan and a $1.5 million grant to construct a $5.7 million apartment complex in Silverton, Oregon. CASA of Oregon will assist SKCDC in developing the 20-unit facility designed to provide quality affordable housing and supportive services to farm worker families in Oregon’s largest agriculture-producing county.

For additional information on USDA Rural Development projects, please visit the interactive online map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2012. The data can be found at:

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, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $176 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.


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