Post Falls, ID – June 5, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — USDA Housing and Community Facilities Administrator Tammye Treviño today kicked off National Homeownership Month in Idaho by highlighting programs to help rural residents buy, refinance and repair homes.

“I am excited to hear from our Idaho partners and community leaders. I applaud the dedication and hard work of the USDA staff, as well as everyone involved in the development of the successful projects that will be highlighted during the tour,” Treviño said. “USDA Rural Development’s focus has been, and continues to be, the continuation of service – especially in underserved and under-represented areas – for those who live and work in rural communities.”

Treviño is visiting several USDA-financed housing projects beginning with a presentation this afternoon at Neil Ginter’s Home in Post Falls. Neil was born with DiGeorge Syndrome and has a learning disability. He has always dreamed of owning his own home and qualified last year for a USDA Direct home loan. His story is a successful example of the homeownership program for low and very-low income applicants. The Administrator will then travel to Sandpoint for a presentation and tour of Milltown Apartments, which qualified for a Rural Housing Super Green-LEED Platinum loan. Treviño’s final visit will be at the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation tomorrow, June 6th. She will meet with the Tribal Housing Authority to highlight USDA housing programs.

USDA has helped rural residents purchase homes since 1949. Since the start of the Obama Administration, USDA Direct and Guaranteed home loan programs have helped more than 650,000 rural residents buy houses. This year’s theme, “USDA: Bringing Rural America Home,” underscores housing’s importance to millions of rural residents.

USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

B. Heath Price (208) 327-6461

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