Bloomfield, IN, Jul 01, 2013 -- Homeownership builds economic strength in families, economic stability for communities and encourages personal responsibility. To highlight the value of homeownership and its benefits to families and economic strength, the President declared June as National Homeownership Month. In celebrating this effort, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Bloomfield Area Office hosted an event to promote the opportunities available for homeownership. The office recognized an area resident who has taken advantage of USDA Rural Development Housing Programs.
On June 26th, USDA Rural Development celebrated homeownership at the residence of Melvin & Christina Linville of Linton. Mr. and Mrs. Grissom utilized USDA Rural Development’s Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan Program to become first time homeowners.
Due to health issues, Mr. and Mrs. Linville were uncertain owning a home would be in their future. However, the couple approached Bloomfield State Bank, as they had found a home they were interested in purchasing. With the help of USDA Rural Development, they were able to finance 100 percent of the purchase price.
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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