Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Jun 26, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul and staff celebrated National Homeownership Month today in Plattsmouth, Nebraska to recognize Megan Weatherby for her achievement of homeownership. This year’s National Homeownership Month’s theme is “USDA: Bringing Rural America Home.”
“Being a homeowner to me means taking the first step towards your future,” said Megan Weatherby. “It means having a constant and safe place for my children to grow up. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to become a homeowner, the American dream as some call it, and to become part of a community.”
“I congratulate Meagan on her new role as a homeowner,” said Moul. “She will surely enjoy the space that her new home affords her family. A home is not only an opportunity for an improved life style, but is also an investment for the individual and community.”
Weatherby is a mother of two who had been renting and was in the market to purchase a home of her own. Rural Development provided a Direct Homeownership home loan and housing partner, Southeast Nebraska Community Action (SENCA) subsidized a portion of the purchase through SENCA Homes III program with gap financing and also provided a grant for repairs to be made to the home. Due to this partnership, Megan was able to purchase the home she had been renting and her family could continue to live in the neighborhood they had become accustomed to.
USDA Rural Development has been successful in helping rural Nebraska residents to live the American dream of homeownership. USDA plays a major role in helping to provide homeownership and home repair assistance to citizens living in rural communities. Since 1979, Rural Development in Nebraska has assisted more than 22,300 families in becoming homeowners and has provided more than $1.27 billion of home loans in the state.
During the last two fiscal years, USDA housing programs have provided more than $9.2 million in Cass County for home purchases to assist 83 families to become home owners. For Fiscal Year 2013, USDA Rural Development in Nebraska has nearly $146 million available for financing home loan purchases in rural communities for the state.
USDA Rural Development has two loan programs that provide affordable homeownership opportunities to rural Americans: the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan program, and the Single Family Housing Direct Loan program. Both these programs allow for 100 percent financing and affordable rates and terms. Eligibility is based on income, acceptable credit and repayment ability and the property must be located in rural areas with populations not exceeding 20,000. However, Norfolk and Columbus are also currently eligible until September 30, 2013.
USDA uses sound underwriting criteria to ensure borrowers are able to repay their loans. By doing so USDA Rural Development is helping to keep people in their homes. You can visit the Agency eligibility website at http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov to determine if you are within the established income limit based on the size of household and county and if the property is located within an eligible area.
Housing not only provides a safe home for families, but also generates economic activity through construction jobs and results in direct real estate industry impacts relating to Realtors, banks, title companies, insurance, home furnishing sales, etc. Housing supports communities through an increased tax base and provides an available workforce. Available housing is important in bringing businesses to a community and provides a place “where jobs sleep” and allows families to live in communities where they work, and reduce energy costs.
Households interested in homeownership opportunities may contact their local USDA Rural Development office which can be located at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Contact_Us.htm. Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne for additional program information.
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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