News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021095
ContactTammi Schone605-352-1102
Ft. Thompson, SD, Jun 26, 2013 --

@@Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chairman Brandon Sazue Sr. joined USDA Rural Development Acting Housing Director Bruce Jones and Lori Moen, Chief Operating Officer for GROW South Dakota (GROW) in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will streamline the process towards increased homeownership on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation.

“What we do today can make a difference for tomorrow. By working together, we support the betterment of our Tribe as we know housing is much needed on our Reservation” said Chairman Sazue Sr.

“This agreement encourages increased collaboration and efficiency in the process for residents to possibly achieve the dream of home ownership,” said South Dakota Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks. Members of Crow Creek Sioux Tribe who are interested in purchasing a home can work through the Crow Creek Housing Authority and GROW to complete a pre-qualification packet regarding their ability to purchase a home and eligibility for homeownership through the USDA Rural Development 502 Direct Loan Program.

Acting as a local point of contact, Crow Creek Housing Authority (CCHA) coordinates additional technical assistance based on eligibility, readiness and direction for homeownership. “This partnership furthers our mission to increase housing services for our low and middle income families. We look forward to working with GROW and assisting our rural residents through the direct loan process”, said Ronnette Kirkie-Walton, Acting Director Crow Creek Housing Authority.

GROW is a USDA national loan packager through a Rural Housing Service pilot program and offers housing and business services across the state. Lori Moen, GROW, “We have a wonderful partnership with USDA and with this agreement, we can increase homeownership; the CCHA is the key to making the process successful.”

For additional information or to obtain a housing application please contact Leeann Piskule at Crow Creek Housing Authority at (605) 245-2250.

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.