News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022835
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399 8393
Amsterdam, NY, Jan 30, 2014 --

@@A USDA official announced today the proposed expansion of Rural Housing Service lending areas in Montgomery County. Prospective and current homeowners in Amsterdam will soon be eligible to apply for USDA funding to purchase, build or repair a home.

“This is the start of an exciting partnership with the rural residents of Montgomery County,” said Lee Telega, USDA Rural Development New York State Director. “Now all of Montgomery County including the city of Amsterdam has incredible potential to create new jobs and expand economic opportunities through USDA’s housing programs.”

Effective March 1, 2014, Amsterdam, NY will become a designated eligible lending area with USDA’s Rural Housing Service. According to the released 2010 census data and the county’s designation as a Micropolitan Statistical Area, the City of Amsterdam now meets the Agency’s definition of rural. This means that all of Montgomery County is eligible to apply for funding through USDA’s housing programs.

USDA Rural Development’s Single Family Housing programs have been successful by providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing to more than 2600 rural New Yorkers annually. USDA can assist with; building a new house, purchasing or repairing an existing home, improving the energy efficiency or handicap accessibility of a home.

To comment or request more information on the eligible lending area expansion, housing programs available to Montgomery County and how to apply, please contact Ronald Semidey, at (518) 295-8600 x 4 or visit to find out more about USDA’s housing programs.

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.