News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022657
ContactDarrell Mowery(317) 295-5770
(AUGUST 26, 2013) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT NAMES NEW MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING SPECIALIST
Indianapolis, IN, Aug 26, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development has appointed Ashlee Dunham as a Multi-Family Housing Program Specialist in USDA RD’s Crawfordsville Area Office.

Ashlee joined USDA Rural Development in June 2008, serving as an Office Automation Clerk in the Covington Office. Upon becoming a permanent employee in the fall of 2008; she stepped into the position of Single-Family Housing Assistant.  She was transferred into the Multi-Family Housing program in the spring of 2009 and in 2011, Ashlee moved to the Crawfordsville Area Office as a MFH Area Technician.

Born and raised in Covington, Indiana, Ashlee is the volunteer coordinator of the Covington 5K and the Halloween Hustle 5K/10K, both officially timed walk/runs that financially support activities within the Covington community. An avid runner, she has competed in 11 half marathons, various 5K and 10K running events, and 3 military style, obstacle course challenges.  A member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, she assists as a leader for the AWANA youth program and Sunday school teacher.  She also holds an active Manicurist license and works seasonally and for special occasions.

USDA Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Programs offer Rural Rental Housing Loans to provide affordable multi-family rental housing for very low-, low-, and moderate-income families; the elderly; and persons with disabilities. This is primarily a direct mortgage program, but funds may also be used to buy and improve land and to provide necessary facilities such as water and waste disposal systems. Additionally, subsidy rental assistance is available to eligible families.  

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.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are 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 $700 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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