USDA Highlights Programs to Support Rural Housing

Name
Amber Albright
Phone
City
Harrisburg
Release Date
Jun 01, 2020

Department Promotes Resources and Opportunities to Help Rural Residents

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, June 1, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand today kicked off National Homeownership Month by highlighting USDA’s ongoing role in supporting rural homeownership. President Trump issued a proclamation May 29 recognizing June as National Homeownership Month.

"Rural communities are rising to the challenge put forth by the coronavirus pandemic," said Brand. "Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in building prosperity in rural communities and for the people who call them home – especially those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

To assist homeowners facing current hardships, USDA is offering payment moratoriums and modified application processes. USDA Rural Development is also working with new borrowers and their lenders to make special accommodations based on local needs and restrictions. For the most up-to-date information on Rural Development’s response to COVID-19, visit rd.usda.gov/coronavirus. Updates are also distributed via Twitter @usdaRD and @RD_Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, State Director Curt Coccodrilli announced today USDA invested $572 million to help 4,111 families and individuals buy a home. The state also provided $1.2 million for home repairs for 199 very low-income rural residents. “Homeownership is near and dear to Pennsylvanians heart, and one of the best wealth building tools you can use to secure your family’s future. These investments are a priority for us as Trump Administration officials and we at PA USDA RD look forward to as many applications as we can get through the door during this important month.” 

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.

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