News Release
Release No.STELPRD4020871
ContactLarry Yerich(907) 271-2424, Ext. 125
(JUNE 7, 2013) ADMINISTRATOR MEETS SOUTHEAST RESIDENTS TO DISCUSS USDA HOME LOAN REFINANCING AND STRIKEFORCE INITIATIVES
Ketchikan, AK, Jun 07, 2013 --

@@ Rural Development Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund today welcomed U.S. Department of Agriculture Housing and Community Facilities Administrator Tammye Treviño to Southeast Alaska. Administrator Treviño is in the state to discuss a USDA pilot program that allows qualified USDA home loan borrowers, including those in Alaska, to refinance their mortgages and lower their loan payments. She will also meet with local leaders to discuss the USDA StrikeForce initiative. June is Homeownership Month, and the Administrator is visiting several states to discuss home loan programs that are available in rural areas.

The StrikeForce meeting will be held in Ketchikan on Friday, June 7th from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Ketchikan Indian Community Vo-Tech Building. USDA’s StrikeForce aims to increase investment in rural communities through intensive outreach and stronger partnerships. USDA partners with rural communities and regions on locally-supported projects. Groups expected to participate include:

    • KIC Housing Authority

    • Ketchikan Indian Community

    • Metlakatla Housing Authority

    • Metlakatla Indian Community

    • Organized Village of Saxman (IRA Tribe)

    • City of Ketchikan

    • Ketchikan Gateway Borough

    • City of Saxman

    • Community Connections

Treviño serves on the President’s Task Force on the Status of Puerto Rico and is Secretary Vilsack’s representative on the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. She serves on several Federal working groups, including one on rental policy and another on single family housing. The groups study issues such as rehabilitating Rural Development’s aging multi-family housing portfolio and the effects of housing foreclosures on the mortgage industry.

For more information on the USDA StrikeForce initiative, please visit:

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2013/03/0054.xml.

For more information of the USDA National Homeownership Month, please visit:

http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?genericcontentid=21851.