News Release
Release No.STELPRD4019971
ContactCamilla USDA Office229-336-0371 x4
Deborah Callahan706-546-2162
Thomasville, GA, Mar 28, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development (RD) has determined that the population of Thomasville, Georgia meets its program requirements to be determined as a rural area for Single Family Housing (SFH) loan and grant programs (to include both Direct and Guaranteed loans). This area had previously been ineligible for SFH program assistance. This change will allow the residents of Thomasville and surrounding areas to apply for the Agency’s Single Family Housing loan and grant assistance.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

This determination was made using 2010 US Census information and will be effective April 15, 2013. This action is a separate issue than the changes expected to be announced about Nation-wide updates to rural area determinations.

Agency regulations dictate that towns with populations of less than 20,000 (which are not part of a Metropolitan Statistical Area) are considered rural areas and are therefore eligible areas for SFH programs. The 2010 US Census reports the population of Thomasville as 18,413.

The SFH programs of Rural Development allow eligible applicants to buy, build or rehabilitate decent, safe and sanitary housing with no down-payment. Income limits apply.

For more information of the loan and grant programs, please contact the USDA Rural Development office at 30 West Broad Street, Room 101, Camilla, GA 31730; 229-336-0371, ext. 4.

USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.


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