Success Stories

Enjoying the rural life.

Most commonly there comes a time in ones life when they want to forge ahead to homeownership.  Nichollette Brand had reached that point but with limited resources available, commercial lending was not possible.

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A beautiful home catering to their very need.

In the fall of 2007, Stan and Connie became proud new homeowners as the result of the combined efforts from USDA Rural Development, Assistive Technology, Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Panhandle Community Services (now Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska - CAPWN) and Western Nebraska Hou

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Sitting out enjoying a cool summer breeze.

ReAnna Buddecke and her three children had been living in an apartment for more than two years and dreamed of having a home of their own.

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City of Manning, Iowa downtown businesses

With a population of around 1,500 residents, leaders in the southwest Carroll County community of Manning are not striving to become one of the biggest cities in western Iowa, just one of the best.

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Challeni Sanchez and family outside their home.

Challeni Sanchez and her two children found themselves at a point in their lives where they were dealing with many changes.

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Matt and Mary Hausman enjoying quality time with family in their home.

Matt and Mary Hausman and their two small daughters, Addisyn and Bailee, had moved to West Virginia from Nebraska to enable Matt to attend school for Youth Ministry.   After finishing his studies, they decided to return to the Scotts Bluff county area to raise their children and be close to relat

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Picture of Gomez family in front of their house.

Jarron Gomez and Tanya Begay, along with their three spirited girls, used to rent a home in Gering, paying $475.00 per month.  They did so for three years while waiting for the right opportunity to start pursuing their dreams of homeownership.  After looking at several homes, they finally had to

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Happily content in their new home.

Doug Johnson was tired of renting and ready for a home of his own.  Doug had been working on his credit ratings, but still had limited savings and was not sure he would be able to purchase a home with his limited budget.

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Happy homeowner enjoys view from her first home

Christina Dietz came to Rural Development because she wanted to be a homeowner. She didn’t have resources for a down payment but had all the other qualities of being a successful homeowner. She now will be able to work and live in her community of Gering, Nebraska.

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Pine Ridge Indian Reservation sign

In rural South Dakota, tribal members often lack access to higher education courses and facilities.  Students living on the 1,900-square-mile Rosebud Indian Reservation and the 11,000-square-mile Oglala Lakota Sioux Indian Reservation, for instance, struggle to travel long distances to reach the

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