Thursday, June 29, 2006
Local governments recognize homeownership
By SUE WATSON
In keeping with celebrating June as National Homeownership month, local governments joined with USDA/Rural Development to issue a joint resolution for its observance.
Signing a proclamation last week were Eddie Dixon with the county board of supervisors, and mayors Andre’ DeBerry of Holly Springs, Jimmie Collins of Potts Camp and Scooter Dempsey of Byhalia, and county supervisors.
Three major homeowner programs are offered, according to Jimmye Cross with the USDA/RD office in Oxford.
The 502 subsidized low-income housing program builds single-family dwellings, he said. About six homes are being built this year in Marshall County under this program.
The guaranteed loan program is also available with four or five homes in Marshall County being built this year.
The 504 home repair program provides loans, grants or both to help homebuyers get into a new home.
About five are being constructed this year in Marshall County, Cross said.
To learn how to apply for one of these programs and to check eligibility requirements, call Cross at the Oxford office at 662-252-8701, extension 4. Ask to speak with Cross or Sandra Ash, Carol Watts or Susie Holman.
A USDA/RD representative will come to Holly Springs on Wednesdays at City Hall by appointment to take applications. Services are provided for citizens of Marshall, Benton and Yalobusha counties out of the Oxford office.
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