|Aug 13, 2014 --
It is a picture worth a thousand words and resonates the well know phrase “that the children of today are the future of tomorrow.” At the Yankton Sioux Tribe annual housing fair held on July 24th at the Legion Hall in Wagner, South Dakota the vision for promoting USDA Rural Development to future generations was ever present as the young children intermingled while coloring in USDA coloring books while their parents were educating themselves on programs available through USDA.
Rural Development staff met with over 80 potential applicants promoting home loan programs that are available to provide affordable homeownership opportunities to rural Americans. These families, like other families in America, want to provide security and stability for their children so they have a future they can look forward to. Other federal, state, and local agency representatives were also present at the fair.
Rural Development programs have been successful in providing homeownership to rural South Dakota. In Fiscal Year 2013, homeownership was brought to 1,593 rural South Dakota families totaling more than $202.4 million. Of course, the highlight of the day was listening to the children playing in their own little world representing nothing less than working towards a brighter future.
Homeownership is a critical step on the ladder of opportunity, providing financial stability, self-worth, and security for rural families. The Obama Administration is committed to bringing resources to rural America to provide decent, affordable housing to those who need it, and those of us at USDA Rural Development are proud to help them own their future.