download (4)USDA Rural Development staff will be at the Fort Mohave Fire Station, 1451 Willow Dr., Mohave Valley on Wednesday, September 16 for a workshop on the agency’s housing loan and repair programs. USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Ernie Wetherbee says the loss and damage to homes caused by last month’s Willow Fire is the impetus for this special outreach meeting for area residents, but added “everyone is welcome, whether they were impacted by the fire or not.”

 The free workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. Suzanne Applegate with Rural Development said the event will last “until we have assisted all who are interested in our housing programs.”

 Rural Development Area Director Donna Hastings says the agency offers 502 Program financing with no down payment requirement, no mortgage insurance requirement and notes that subsidies are sometimes available. The agency also offers home repair loans and grants for qualifying applicants.

 Date:                Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Time:               9:00 a.m. –

Place:               Fort Mohave Fire Station

1451 Willow Dr., Mohave Valley (head past Fort Mohave on Highway 95 (Valley View Hospital will be on left.) Turn right on Willow Drive. The Fire Station is on the right across from Spirit Mountain Casino.

 Fort Mohave Fire Marshall Don Gibson and Ginger Gates, Executive Director of the American Center for Education Opportunities, Inc. (AMCEO) are hosting the event.

 USDA Rural Development, formerly known as the Farmers Home Administration, invested over $400,000,000 in housing assistance last year in rural Arizona communities alone. The 502 Housing  program is designed for very low, low and moderate income individuals and families.