Portland, Ore, Jun 13, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development’s Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities, Tammye Treviño, traveled to Redmond, Oregon, this week to speak to farm worker housing developers, managers, funders and advocates at the 2013 Biennial Farmworker Housing Conference.
“I commend all of the housing providers and partners here today for the significant progress we continue to make in addressing the critical need for safe, affordable rental housing and supportive services for farm workers and their families,” Treviño said.
The conference is hosted by CASA of Oregon and the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing to help housing providers develop and maintain strong partnerships and innovative programs to improve the lives of farm workers and other low income families.
Through the Farm Labor Housing program, USDA Rural Development assists housing authorities, state and local governments, tribes, nonprofits, developers, and community- and faith-based groups working to improve living conditions, access to services, and educational opportunities within the farm worker community.
“This effort is in line with the Obama Administration’s broader efforts to advance the economic security of Americans living in rural areas,” Treviño explained. “Reliable farm worker housing supports the productivity of American agriculture while providing a solid foundation from which families can thrive and make positive contributions to their communities.”
USDA Rural Development’s Farm Labor Housing program provides loans and grants to buy, build, improve or repair housing for farm workers, including persons whose income is earned in aquaculture and food processing. In Oregon, there are 25 USDA-supported farm worker housing facilities with 887 housing units.
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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.
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