USDA Rural Development and Habitat for Humanity: Building Dreams, One Owner at a Time

Posted by USDA Rural Development Public Affairs Specialist Emily Cannon

June 08, 2022

Across rural America, people are picking up hammers, screwdrivers, and measuring tapes to build their own homes. The strong partnership between USDA Rural Development (RD) and Habitat for Humanity helps ensure that every family has access to well-built, energy-efficient, and affordable housing.

Habitat and RD both believe that having decent housing provides the strength, stability and independence that families need to thrive. This is evident in the inspiring homeownership stories resulting from this unique partnership.

The Dennis family of Carneys Point, New Jersey, is an example of what can happen when RD and Habitat work side by side.

The Dennis home is being built with accessibility features so Mrs. Dennis can easily move around her home in a wheelchair.

“Rural development and Habitat for Humanity gave us not just a house, but a home,” she said.

The family worked with Habitat and secured a low-interest loan through RD’s Direct Single-Family Housing Program.

In addition to this RD home loan, Habitat leverages many other RD programs to help homeowners in every corner of the United States, including single-family home repair loans and grants. This program funds essential home repairs for low-income people. Grant recipients must be 62 years of age or older or be a person with a disability.

Programs such as the Housing Preservation Grant Program and the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program help qualified organizations repair and rehabilitate old homes or build new ones.

Through valuable partnerships like the one with Habitat, RD can continue to make rural America a place where everyone can call home.

Under the Biden-Harris administration, RD ensures that rural and tribal communities – especially those that have been neglected in the past – have equitable access to resources to achieve the goal of home ownership.

Since 1949, RD’s single family housing programs have helped nearly five million families and individuals realize their dream of home ownership. We know that when you own or rent a home, you are invested in and connected to where you live. That’s why RD also offers assistance through multifamily housing programs to increase access to affordable multifamily rental housing opportunities in rural America for those not quite ready or able. to buy a house.

Stay tuned for more publications from USDA Rural Development as we continue to celebrate National Homeownership Month.

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