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USDA Recognizes Partnerships in Honor of National Homeownership Month

Name
Jessica Bowser
City
Topeka
Release Date
Jun 28, 2019

USDA Rural Development State Director for Kansas Lynne Hinrichsen today highlighted the partnerships that aid in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ongoing efforts to assist individuals and families purchase affordable housing in rural communities.

“We have been celebrating National Homeownership Month by visiting with realtors, lenders, and homeowners across the state, and those partnership are helping thousands in rural Kansas achieve the dream of homeownership,” said Hinrichsen.  “Homeownership helps build strong rural communities throughout the state.”

USDA Single Family Housing programs have served more than 4.4 million families in rural America since President Truman signed the Housing Act in 1949. Throughout June, USDA employees will celebrate National Homeownership Month with events across the Nation that demonstrate USDA’s commitment to provide access to affordable housing for rural Americans.

Rural Development has several programs that support rural homeownership, including:

  • USDA partnerships with private-sector lenders to help rural families buy homes. Providing loan guarantees for lenders working with low- to moderate-income families is the key to opening up private-sector homeownership opportunities.
     

    • For example, through partnership with Kansas lenders, USDA Rural Development assisted 1,347 households and invested $147 million in rural Kansas communities. Four lenders are receiving special recognition for their fiscal year 2018 loan production and excellence in additional criteria that include completeness of applications submitted, underwriting, and low delinquency rate.These lenders include:

      • Landmark National Bank

      • Mortgage Investment Services Corporation

      • The Bennington State Bank

      • Golden Plains Credit Union
         

    • Additional Lenders Recognized for Loan Production include:

      • PrimeLending

      • Gateway Mortgage Group

      • Open Mortgage

      • Equity Bank

      • Flat Branch Mortgage

      • Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
         

  • Direct home loans for very-low- and low-income applicants. Some borrowers qualify for program benefits that effectively reduce the interest rate on their monthly mortgage payments to one percent.
     

  • Repair loans and grants that help people improve access to their homes and remove health and safety hazards such as poor wiring or plumbing.
     

  • Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance grants are available to nonprofit organizations to help very-low- and low-income families build their own rural homes.

To learn more about USDA’s housing programs in Kansas, email KSDirect@ks.usda.gov or contact the USDA Rural Development State Office at (785) 271-2700.

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America.

To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ks