NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
COLUMBIA, MO, April 30, 2014 – USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning has announced the acceptance of Rural Housing Demonstration proposals. Proposals can be submitted until close-of-business Monday July 7, 2014.
The objective of the Rural Housing Demonstration Program is to test new approaches to construct innovative housing. Under Section 506(b) of the Housing Act of 1949, Rural Development provides loans to eligible Section 502 customers for innovative housing designs, units and systems which do not meet existing published standards, rules, regulations or policies. These innovative housing units reduce costs, raise living standards and improve rural area living environments.
“Quality, affordable housing is a must for a community to maintain stability, to sustain growth and to promote economic development. Without solid housing stock, community development is difficult to impossible,” said State Director Dunning. “This program allows potential single family housing borrowers to consider purchasing a home constructed with cutting-edge technologies. These technologies could include green building techniques, new energy efficiency methods or homes using solar or wind for powering the home. A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study predicts that as cities grow hotter, replacing flat black rooftops with plants could cool the cities back down. Maybe such an approach would work for single family housing in rural areas as well.”
Currently, eligible proposals will be accepted which will provide loans to low income borrowers to purchase Section 502 housing that does not meet the existing regulation. The proposals must be creative, affordable, durable, energy efficient and include a diversity of housing types. Proposals submitted must be the following criteria:
· The proposal must be beyond the “idea” stage.
· The applicant must have experience and “know-how” in relation to the requirements of Rural Development’s housing program.
· There must have been sufficient testing or the proposal.
· The proposal must be ready for full scale testing in a rural setting.
· The housing must provide the protection and safety of the applicant and general public.
· The proposal must have the ability to adjust or modify unit size and arrangement.
· The materials must be durable and have ease of maintenance.
· The cost and price of the proposal must be realistic.
· The applicant must legally obligate itself to advance funds for construction.
Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/3550-1appendix15.pdf to read guidelines and obtain application forms. Proposals must be submitted to State Director Janie Dunning, USDA - Rural Development, 601 Business Loop 70 West, Parkade Center, Suite 235, Columbia, MO, 65203 by close-of-business Monday July 7, 2014. Proposal questions can be directed to Ms. Pam Anglin, Housing Program Director, (573) 876-0976 or Pamela.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on rural programs is available by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov. Information about Missouri Rural Development programs can be obtained by visiting http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $197 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
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