News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022047
ContactGail Bennett(304) 366-2921, ext. 214
MORGANTOWN, WV, Sep 24, 2013 --

@@ After reviewing areas in Berkeley County, West Virginia, USDA Rural Development has made some changes in eligibility for the Rural Housing programs.

Certain areas, previously eligible for Rural Development financing, will become ineligible according to Bobby Lewis, State Director of Rural Development in West Virginia. The City of Martinsburg had previously been an ineligible area for several years and was later determined eligible for the rural housing programs; however, it is now ineligible for those programs due to again being determined a metropolitan statistical area. The map can be found at the following site:

Maps of the changes can be reviewed at the local Rural Development Office located at 151 Aikens Center, Suite 4, Martinsburg, WV. Questions may be directed to: David Cain, Housing Program Director, at (304) 284-4872; or Wendell Alt, Area Specialist, at (304)263-7547, extension 111 in Martinsburg or (304) 822-3020, extension 109 in Romney.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

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.