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USDA Rural Development Participates in Ribbon Cutting at Help Inc.

Robert Kerns
Release Date

REIDSVILLE, N.C., March 31, 2023 – Rural Development State Director Reginald Speight and federal and local officials participated a ribbon cutting ceremony at Help Inc. Center Against Violence today.

Rural Development invested a $2.1 million Community Facilities Loan investment to construct a shelter for abused women and children.

“No one should live in fear and USDA is honored to help in the provision of safety for those in need.” said Speight. “This investment will help people in what is possibly their darkest time. All citizens, no matter where they are from need to know there is a place they can go and know they are safe. If they cannot find it at home. They can find it here.”

This 11-thousand square foot shelter will include:

  • Administrative office spaces
  • Restrooms
  • Meeting/training/conference rooms
  • Staff break rooms
  • Therapeutic rooms
  • Storage
  • Individual/family sleeping quarters.

This project will ensure the safety of victims of family violence, including domestic violence, child abuse, abuse of the elderly, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

The objective of the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Loans and Grants Program is to provide affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas.


Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans 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, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, promoting competition and fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.


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