YUMA, Ariz. – Turning the key to a brand new home is a dream many people have. Now, the United States Agricultural Department (USDA) is helping low-income families achieve home ownership.
USDA officials say more than 96 home loans have been approved between San Luis, Somerton and Wellton.
Araceli Rodriguez of Wellton was one of two women who received the keys to her brand new home.
Rodriguez says, “My parents are very proud, it’s been 25 years of them waiting for me to have something to look forward to and say I have got somewhere to go to everyday and this is going to be mine.”
Marisela Mejia was the other woman to receive a home and she is grateful for all that helped her achieve the dream of home ownership.
“We are very content, super happy, also for my son because we’ve always wanted to have our own house. Thank God the dream came true; it’s not only a dream, but a reality,” said Mejia.
In order to qualify residents must live in rural areas with populations of less than 20,000.
Small communities like Somerton, San Luis and Wellton qualify, but Yuma does not as the population is too high.
Godfrey Hinds who works for USDA says there are also other programs to take advantage of, “An income limit threshold and members of their families, and families have a limit on the amount of money they can borrow to purchase a home,” said Hinds.
Hinds says the government program is trying to stimulate economic growth by increasing populations in smaller communities nation-wide.