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New Jersey Contacts

New Jersey Rural Development State Office 
521 Fellowship Road
Suite 130
Mt. Laurel, NJ  08054
Tel: 856-787-7700
Fax: 855-305-7343

New Jersey State Director
Jane Asselta
State Director
jane.asselta@usda.gov
Tel. 856-787-7770

Housing Programs
Our Single Family Housing Programs give families and individuals the opportunity to buy, build, or repair affordable homes in rural America. Eligibility for these loans, loan guarantees, and grants is based on income and varies according to average median income in your area. We offer qualifying individuals and families the opportunity to purchase or build a new single family home with no money down, to repair their existing home, or to refinance their current mortgage under certain qualifying circumstances.

There are also programs to assist non-profit entities in their efforts to provide new homes or home repair to qualifying individuals and families. Follow this link for a list of housing program options. For more information, please contact:

M. Geraldine Manganaro
Housing Programs Director
Single Family Housing Programs
geraldine.manganaro@usda.gov
Tel: 856-787-7721

Community Facilities
Public bodies & non-profit organizations can use these funds to construct, expand or improve facilities that provide health care, education, public safety, and public services. Projects include fire and rescue stations, village and town halls, health care clinics, hospitals, adult and child care centers, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, public buildings, schools, libraries, and many other community-based initiatives. Follow this link for a list of Community Facility programs. For more information, please contact:

Christine M. Schmelzle
Community Programs Director
christine.schmelzle@usda.gov
Tel: 856-787-7751

Business Programs 
Business Programs provide financial backing and technical assistance to stimulate business creation and growth. The programs work through partnerships with public and private community based organizations and financial institutions to provide financial assistance, business development, energy efficiency and technical assistance to rural businesses. Follow this link for a list of Business Programs. For more information, please contact: 

Maryann Tancredi
Business Programs Director
maryann.tancredi@usda.gov
Tel: 856-787-7752 

Water and Environmental Programs
Our Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) assist rural communities to obtain necessary financing to develop safe drinking water and waste disposal systems. These services are vital to not only public health, but also to the economic vitality of rural America. Our Rural Development WEP program is proud to be the only federal program exclusively focused on rural water and waste infrastructure of rural communities. For more information, please contact: 

Christine M. Schmelzle
Community Programs Director
christine.schmelzle@usda.gov
Tel: 856-787-7751

Community & Economic Development
Our community and economic development initiatives are focused on building prosperous communities in collaboration with community leadership, stakeholders, business organizations and non-profit entities. Our programs provide the capital to create community assets such as water and waste systems, affordable housing, community services, and business growth to improve the quality of life for rural residents. We work across program areas to match resources, financial assistance programs, and other partners with solutions to complex educational, social and economic needs of a rural community. For more information, please contact:

Janis Rega
Community & Economic Development Director
janis.rega@usda.gov
Tel: 908-441-7523

Public Affairs & Media
For media inquires, general public affairs questions, or information related to our events and programs, please contact: 

Derek VanHorn
Public Information Officer
derek.vanhorn@usda.gov
Tel: 856-787-7723

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