June 26, 2003

USDA Rural Development Helps Local Women Stay In Her Home

Marjorie Kutzner was about to be forced out of her home due to health concerns. Due to a poor furnace, and lack of air conditioning, she needed to find some other place to live. She has lived in Memphis most of her life and in this house for 25 years. And she was not ready to give up her own home.

Marjorie sought the assistance of USDA Rural Development. Through the Home Repair Loan and Grant program she was able to have a new furnace and air conditioner installed. This allowed her to move back home. She had spent six weeks staying with relatives and she was ready to be back in her own bed.

"Staying with relatives is okay, and I appreciate the help, but there is something about being home," stated Marjorie in a recent interview.

After Marjorie had the new furnace and air conditioner, she also worked through the application process and had new carpeting and flooring installed to replace the floor covering that had been down since she moved into the home.

"It takes some time" said Marjorie, "but that was explained up front. I am very pleased with the repairs. It sure made it safe for me to stay in my own home."

USDA Rural Development provides a variety of programs to assist citizens continue to live and prosper in rural America.

The Home Repair Loan and Grant program is available to individuals and families with very low income who are unable to finance the needed repairs through normal lending channels. Bids are sought from local contractors and no work is started until funding is secured.

If you would like more information about USDA Rural Development, contact the office at 2410 South Franklin, Kirksville, MO 63501 or call 660-665-3274 ext. 4.

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