News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021931
ContactKevin Tuttle715-340-0832
NEW ELIGIBLE AREAS PROPOSED FOR USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT’S HOUSING PROGRAMS
Stevens Point, WI, Aug 30, 2013 --

    New Eligible Areas Proposed for USDA Rural Development’s Housing Programs

    STEVENS POINT, WI – August 30, 2013 - - - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has recently completed a review of eligible areas in Wisconsin that can receive financing through available Housing programs to assist rural communities and residents.

    Financial assistance available through USDA Rural Development is limited to rural areas. USDA Rural Development is required to complete a periodic review of all Wisconsin counties to identify areas, in each county, where area designations are changing from non-rural to rural or areas that no longer qualify as rural.

    The review has been completed for the counties of Brown, Calumet, Chippewa, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Douglas, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green, Jefferson, Kenosha, La Crosse, Manitowoc, Marathon, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Pierce, Racine, Rock, St. Croix, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago. Information on the findings and proposed changes can be found on the USDA Rural Development website at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/an4711.pdf

    All other counties were reviewed with no changes proposed at this time.

    If you would like to provide comments on the findings and proposed changes, please send your comments to USDA Rural Development, 5417 Clem’s Way, Stevens Point, WI 54482, attention Rural Housing Programs; or via e-mail at RD.SFH.SO@wi.usda.gov.

    Comments are welcomed for 30 days or through Sept 30, 2013. These rules regarding the new and revised USDA ineligible areas go into effect Tuesday, October 1, 2013. 

    Maps are available detailing the combined new and existing USDA Rural Development ineligible areas.  These maps can be viewed by going to the following web site and clicking on “Future Eligible Areas”:

    http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do

    Complete applications for a SFH or MFH direct loan or a loan note guarantee in these newly ineligible areas that have been submitted on or before the close of business on September 30, 2013, will be reviewed and acted upon.  Any incomplete applications that are received will be returned and will not be given any further consideration. 

    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 Tom 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.

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