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USDA Announces Events in Keeler, Plainwell and St. Johns

Alec Lloyd
East Lansing
Release Date
Dec 04, 2014

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner today announced a series of events in Keeler, Plainwell and St. Johns featuring Rural Housing Administrator Tony Hernandez on Thursday, Dec. 11.

 The day’s events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a visit to the rehabilitated Sunrise Apartment off-farm labor housing project, located at 66400 84th Ave. in Keeler.  USDA Rural Development provided a $1,208,624 grant and $134,292 loan under the Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing program to support the project.

 At 11 a.m. the agency will highlight the role of community development with a tour of the Plainwell Public Safety Building, 119 Island Avenue in Plainwell.  The agency provided a $1,350,000 Community Facilities loan to support the project.

 The visit will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with a presentation at a home constructed in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity at 1523 S. Lansing Street in St. Johns.  USDA Rural Development provided assistance through its Single Family Housing program.

 USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.  USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Under the Obama Administration, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $6.1 billion in Michigan projects.