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Rural Iowans have access to $10 million in loans for essential home repairs

Iowans who live in towns like Klemme could receive loans through the USDA to fix up their homes
Iowans who live in towns like Klemme could receive loans through the USDA to fix up their homes

DES MOINES — USDA Rural Development currently has $10 million available for loans to purchase or refinance homes in rural Iowa through its Direct Home Loan Program. The program offers 100 percent financing, a 33-year loan term and payment assistance for eligible applicants. This funding will remain on a first come first served basis through September 30, 2015.

“Each year USDA Rural Development invests more than $200 million in loans and grants that provide rural Iowa residents with decent, safe and sanitary housing,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “It’s through housing programs like this one that we work to ensure that as many rural Iowans as possible have access to adequate housing.”

Recently a rural Iowa family of seven was living in a rental property that was not suitable for occupancy. They made an offer on a home that was move-in ready. USDA Rural Development received their purchase agreement on March 19. Their loan closed and the family moved into their new home just 19 days later on April 7. The family is ecstatic with their improved living conditions, and their house payment is $80 less than what they were paying for rent.

USDA Rural Development also has a loan and grant program to help eligible homeowners make essential repairs such as a new furnace, roof, siding, or accessibility improvements.  Homes repaired with these funds must be located in communities of less than 20,000 people or in rural areas.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

To learn more about USDA Rural Development’s housing programs you may call (515) 284-4444, email or visit

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