Lexington, Kentucky, Jul 09, 2013 -- Thomas G. Fern, Kentucky State Director for USDA Rural Development assisted today in the dedication of a home repaired by Hardin County Habitat for Humanity volunteers, with partnership financing for the repairs by USDA. This is the first time in Kentucky, Habitat for Humanity and USDA have partnered to assist with home repairs.
Fern, along with representatives from Habitat for Humanity and state and local elected officials celebrated the home repairs and the improved quality of life expected for a disabled senior citizen resident of Hardin County, Norma Jent. Jent’s home is in dire need of repairs –for safe, decent, affordable and energy efficient housing. Final repairs are expected to be completed in September of 2013.
“We are proud to work in partnership with Hardin County Habitat for Humanity to make these much needed home repairs,” said Fern. “This is an important partnership. By working together, I am confident we can continue improving the quality of life for other Kentucky homeowners.”
Fern noted that USDA recently concluded a month-long celebration of the values of homeownership throughout Kentucky. June is recognized each year by USDA as National Homeownership Month. USDA has helped rural residents purchase homes since 1949. Since the start of the Obama Administration, USDA Direct and Guaranteed home loan programs have helped more than 650,000 rural residents buy houses. In Kentucky, over 4,500 Kentucky families were assisted last year with homeownership financing.
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.