McAllen, Texas, Mar 31, 2014 -- USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Tony Hernandez, Texas State Director Paco Valentin and Area Director Roel Gomez today toured two rural Texas communities that now feature new, affordable homes that USDA helped fund.
“Housing is a vital component of economic development, and I’m proud to be here with these families as they enjoy the benefits of homeownership,” Hernandez said. “Housing is the conduit to building families, communities and neighborhoods. USDA is proud to partner with these families as they climb the ladders of opportunity provided by USDA housing programs.”
The USDA officials visited families in Edcouch and Indian Hills who now live in new homes financed by Rural Development loans. The families were presented with homeowner certificates to show appreciation for their hard work and dedication to improving their quality of life.
“Providing affordable housing to rural residents is key to building and maintaining stable and prospering communities,” Valentin said. “Rural Development is pleased to partner with Proyecto Azteca to give these rural residents the opportunity to become homeowners.”
The homes in the Lynchburg subdivision of Edcouch and the Indian Hills East area were constructed through USDA’s Self-Help Housing Loan program. The homeowners provided most of the construction labor with help from local organizations and volunteers. These “sweat equity” contributions will lower the homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments. Proyecto Azteca, a national, community-directed self-help housing organization, supervised the project.
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.
For information on this and other USDA Rural Development programs in Texas, visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/TX.html.