DearColleague.us

Letter

Jim Costa

From the office of:

Jim Costa

Sending Office: Honorable Jim Costa
Sent By:
Ben.Goldeen@mail.house.gov

Support USDA Rural Housing Programs

Deadline: COB Today, Tuesday, March 10

Please join Representatives Jim Costa and Doug LaMalfa in sending the following letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies to respectfully request adequate funding
for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing and water-sewer programs.

USDA Rural Housing programs provide a critical lifeline to low-income, rural families. Through low-cost loans, grants, and other assistance, USDA programs improve housing conditions and quality of life in rural America.

For example, Section 502 Direct Loan Program, which has helped more than 2.1 million families realize the American Dream, is the only federal homeownership program that exclusively targets low- and very-low income rural families. The program provides essential
funding to fill in the gap in the private market, allowing families who would otherwise be unable to access affordable mortgage credit achieve homeownership.

The Section 523 Mutual Self-Help Housing program is another critical component of USDA’s Rural Housing initiatives. Self-Help Housing, is the only federal program that combines “sweat equity” homeownership opportunities with technical assistance and affordable
loans for some of America’s neediest rural families.

Rural water-sewer loans and grants are essential for building communities.

Our rural communities are in dire need of affordable, livable housing. Please join us in supporting rural districts all over the country by signing this letter.

Please contact Ben Goldeen in Rep. Jim Costa’s office (Ben.Goldeen@mail.house.gov) or Riley Scott in Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s office (Riley.Scott@mail.house.gov) if
you would like to sign or have further questions.