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Success Stories

“This is Home” – A Family Finds Their Forever Home in Calais, Maine

One of the first rooms Heather Gagne and her daughters began redecorating in their new home is the dining room, shown in the top photo. They have been busy repainting and making other updates. Raising a family in coastal Machias, Maine may sound lovely, but for Heather Gagne recent years proved stressful. There were few housing options in their Downeast community, and Heather was glad to find a rental home to…

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Homeowner stands out front of new home purchased with help from the USDA Single Family Housing Direct Loan program.

Local “Angels” Help Rural Ohio Homebuyer’s Dream Take Flight

Living in a big city like Cleveland, Toni K. dreamed of having a rural home closer to her daughter and family. But because Toni relies primarily on her Social Security retirement income, she was understandably concerned about buying a home. As Toni was considering her options,… [Read More]
Western Pacific Area Director Joe Diego, Homeowner Cely Valencia and Rural Housing Service Administrator Joaquin Altoro get together for a photo during Altoro's recent Guam visit.

Rural Housing Service Administrator Meets Proud Homeowner in Guam

During a recent first time visit to Guam, USDA Rural Development Rural Housing Service Administrator Joaquin Altoro was having dinner along with RD staff at a restaurant in Tumon Bay where Cely Valencia works as senior supervisor. She learned that all at the table work for… [Read More]
Mary Ann and Eric Forrester on the back deck of their new home purchased with help from USDA Rural Development

Opening the Door to a Healthier Future Through Home Ownership

Mary Ann Forrester is living proof that “life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” The familiar lyric from John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” offers a perfect picture of her path to home ownership and fierce commitment to her son’s health and… [Read More]
Chelsea Langevin purchased her new home with the help of a USDA Rural Development Section 502 Housing Direct Loan.

Partnership Makes Homebuying Easier for West Virginia Homeowner

It was 2023 and Chelsea Langevin was in the market for a new home. It wasn’t Chelsea’s first time buying a home, but it would be her first time doing it on her own. Chelsea knew she needed some help weighing her options and helping her through the homebuying process. That’s when… [Read More]
The Union Valley Apartments participates in two U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA Rural Development RD Multifamily Housing programs that assists the property owners and residents, in Finleyville, PA, on Sept. 2, 2021.

Emergency Rental Assistance Proves Vital to Pennsylvania Tenants

Residents of Multi-Family Housing Complex Thankful For Aid For Carole Fosbaugh, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Multi-Family Housing program has allowed her to age in place in rural Pennsylvania. “I would not have been able to afford to live here and couldn’t have… [Read More]
Rural Housing Service (RHS) Administrator Joaquin Altoro and Hawaii/Western Pacific State Director Chris Kanazawa speaks with Guam's Governor Lou Leon Guerrero following the outreach event held at the University of Guam.

USDA Rural Development Hosts Community Outreach Event at the University of Guam

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, USDA Rural Development Hawaii/Western Pacific State Director Chris Kanazawa, Rural Housing Service (RHS) Administrator Joaquin Altoro and USDA RD program representatives provided an overview of loans and grants available for rural area residents,… [Read More]
Rural Housing Administrator Joaquin Altoro

USDA Renews Local Partnership to Ensure People Living in the Northern Mariana Islands Have Safe and Affordable Homes

SAIPAN, MP, April 24, 2024 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service Administrator Joaquin Altoro announced that USDA is renewing its partnership with a local lender to ensure people living in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have access… [Read More]
Quintana and USDA SFH Loan Specialist Victoria Martinez

Go for it, homeownership can work!!

Writing her own homeownership story, Karla Quintana and her two children have lived in Garfield County, CO since 2011.  After having to move out of a garage studio apartment, the family was able to move in with friends and rent the bottom half of their home. While owning a… [Read More]
A mother and three daughters pose around a dining room table. There are lace curtains and blue wall in the background and some dishes on the table in the foreground.

“This is Home” – A Family Finds Their Forever Home in Calais, Maine

One of the first rooms Heather Gagne and her daughters began redecorating in their new home is the dining room, shown in the top photo. They have been busy repainting and making other updates. Raising a family in coastal Machias, Maine… [Read More]
Hawaii/Western Pacific State Director Chris Kanazawa and Hawaii Community Lending Executive Director Jeff Gilbreath signed an agreement today that will provide $2.4 Million through the Native Community Development Financial Institution Relending Demonstration Program.

Hawaii Community Lending to Receive $2.4 Million for Native Community Development Financial Institution Relending Demonstration Program

On Wednesday, February 28 USDA Rural Development Hawaii/Western Pacific State Director Chris Kanazawa announced the partnering with Hawaii Community Lending (HCL) and funding of $2.4 million through USDA’s Native Community Development Financial Institutions Relending… [Read More]