Anchorage, Alaska, May 31, 2013 -- USDA-Rural Development (RD) Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund today kicked off National Homeownership Month and highlighted USDA-RD programs to help rural residents purchase, refinance and repair homes.
“USDA-RD Rural Housing programs have been an invaluable resource for rural residents across the state,” Nordlund said. “On average USDA-RD invests $75 million annually in Direct and Guaranteed Loan Homeownership programs helping rural Alaskans buy homes.”
In many cases, USDA housing programs are the only opportunity for rural residents to buy a home – their piece of the American dream. That dream remains the cornerstone for millions of U.S. families. For more information on Direct and Guaranteed Home Loan Programs in Alaska, please visit: www.rurdev.usda.gov/AKHome.html.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has underscored the importance of the Food Farm and Jobs bill being debated in Congress that would further boost the rural economy. The bill would enable USDA to create new opportunities for local and regional food systems; grow the bio-based economy; expand markets for agricultural products; and continue providing homeownership opportunities for rural Alaskans.
USDA, its federal partners, members of the housing community and citizens across the country celebrate National Homeownership Month each year to bring attention to the role housing plays in the U.S. economy. This year’s theme, “USDA: Bringing Rural America Home,” underscores housing’s importance to halting the out-migration of rural residents.
USDA-RD Housing and Community Facilities Administrator Tammye Treviño will officially kick off Homeownership Month in Alaska next week with a series of events and activities across the Southeast area of the state. Treviño will visit USDA-financed homes and highlight ways in which USDA-RD housing programs complement the Department’s programs and initiatives to help create jobs and stimulate rural economic activity.
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 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 a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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 $828 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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