Success Stories

Johanna Diaz poses for a photo in front of her home that she built with the aid of the USDA Rural Development Self-Help Program.

Single mother builds first home for family through Self-Help Program

Johanna Diaz was a single mother living in an apartment when she got the opportunity to build her own home in Imperial, Calif.

“It’s easy to buy a house, but to build it with your own hands – it’s amazing,” Diaz exclaimed.

Diaz started building her home in January 2019 and moved… more

The Carillo family proudly displaying their new home!

Petersburg's Newest Homeowners are all Smiles

The Carrillo family had outgrown their two-bedroom house and started to look for a home that was more accommodating to their needs.  Jesus and Jasmine had hopes to buy a house in Petersburg where they currently lived and had grown up.  The Carillo's had heard about the USDA Rural Development 502… more

Candice Hill photo

Homeownership Provides South Dakota Family with Security and Stability

Candice Hill is a single mother of three children. She was interested in pursuing owning her own home. Through the guidance and assistance received from T-Yamni, a one-stop homeownership program offered by Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate to tribal members, she was on the path to becoming a… more

Jan Riggins Photo

Living the American Dream of Homeownership in Aberdeen, SD

It was nearly ten years ago when Jan Riggins suffered a big financial loss with losing her business and her home.

Alicia and her son, Sy, outside their new home

Central Kentucky mom overcomes tough real estate market to buy home in Jessamine County

Buying a house in the current market here in Central Kentucky requires a lot of patience and perseverance. Houses are often sold within a day or two of being listed, and gone are the days of negotiating the price down and having the seller pay closing costs.

The  Lopez Family in front of their newly purchased home.

Brownfield Native Continues Tradition

Megan Lopez was looking to purchase a home and raise her family in the town she grew up in. Megan had lived in a USDA Rural Development Multi-Family property in Brownfield for the last three years, but it was time to find a permanent single family home. 

Joni Evans with her partner, Gunnar Grip

Dog Saves His Human From Fire in Forks

Joni Evans of Forks, WA lost her home to a fire in June 2014.  She narrowly escaped with her life thanks to her dog, Gunnar Grip.  Gunnar woke Joni up by barking and knocking her out of her chair,… more

The Chavez Family were living in a cramped basement apartment before they were able to build their own home in Salem with nine other families. Now they can enjoy the open space provided by their new home.

Family Gains Independence with ADA Compliant Home

Elisa Chavez and her husband Martin Hernandez were living in a small basement apartment with their seven children. While living there, Martin sustained an injury from an accidental fall, requiring him to use a wheelchair. This injury made their family more aware of… more

June Walker stands in front of her home.

First-Time Homebuyer’s Dream Comes True with USDA Loan

June Walker, a single parent, was living in unsafe rental housing with her two special needs children. She wanted to improve her family’s living conditions.

Photo of Hysell family. Sydney, Mylon, and Ghavon on front porch of their new home.

A Life-Changing Connection

As a shy, single mother of one, with one on the way, Sydney Hysell described her situation as being “… in a bad relationship, and we were living in a shack that we could have been kicked out of at any time.” She wondered if she would ever be able to have a normal life with safe housing for her… more