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By Michael Jones, USDA Public Affairs Director, Ohio
Tammye Trevino, USDA Rural Development Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities, visited Columbus, Ohio recently to participate in the sixth of 10 scheduled Self-Help Housing Forums being held around the country. Joining her on the panel were Ohio’s First Lady Frances Strickland and Ohio Rural Development State Director Tony Logan.
More than 50 participants from Ohio and surrounding states attended the forum and engaged in a free-flowing exchange of ideas to improve the administration and effectiveness of Rural Development’s Self-Help Housing Program.
Part of the dialogue centered on incorporating new strategies aimed at increasing nationwide participation and ultimate success in the program. Participants collectively expressed concern about the financial stability and timely distribution of the program’s funding, particularly to organizations that have documented home building experience and proven operational success.
Moderated by Mrs. Strickland, Ohio’s forum included comments from two of Ohio’s most successful Self-Help Housing Program proponents. Representatives from both the Fayette County Community Action Agency and Three Rivers Housing Corporation provided valuable input about how they’ve used the program as well as offering suggestions about adjustments they would make to help improve its operation.
Ohio’s Self-Help Program has an impressive record of helping families achieve their dream of home ownership. Since 1992 Ohio’s self-help housing organizations have used more than $22.7 million in Rural Development funding to assist 240 families join the home ownership ranks.
Written by Gayle Cargo, Public Information Coordinator
Texas USDA Rural Development State Director, Paco Valentin, Pearsall Mayor Ray Martinez and other county officials celebrated Earth Day, April 22nd, with a $4,765,000 Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant funding presentation to the city of Pearsall.
The USDA Rural Development loan and grant will be used to improve water and waste water systems in colonias throughout Pearsall, specifically the Sandhollow and Sunrise areas. Beever Colonia, Porter, Encino and Echo Acres will all benefit by receiving funding for first time sewer systems throughout the area, providing residents access to a centralized, sanitary system.
In conjunction with Earth Day, Valentin presented funding for first time sewer system services throughout parts of the area, which will have dramatic improvements on the environment and the quality of life of its residents.
“Safe drinking water and sanitary sewer systems are basic necessities for families and communities. It’s an honor to provide funding for these services, especially on Earth Day. These improvements will benefit the health of the residents and contribute to the clean up of the environment in this area,” said Valentin.
Nationally known as “The Hunter’s Paradise,” the city of Pearsall encompasses 4.2 square miles located 1 hour southwest of San Antonio, and is home to 7, 175 residents.
USDA Rural Development Texas State Director Paco Valentin (left) meets
with Pearsall Mayor Pro-Tem Roy Trevino during A funding presentation to
the City of Pearsall for sewer system upgrades and new service.
Written by Sam Cuenca, District Wildlife Biologist, Region 5 Naturewatch Coordinator, Scott Salmon River Ranger District
In 1999, Yreka High School in Yreka, California received funds from a Forest Service Grant (Partners in Flight Program) to enhance their agriculture and natural resource program and provide wildlife habitat on school grounds. These funds were used to build a songbird garden, purchase fencing, materials for an irrigation system, and a greenhouse structure. The students and instructors constructed the fence, irrigation system and the greenhouse.
Then in the spring of 2009, the Siskiyou Gardens, Parks and Greenway Association (SGPGA) partnered with Yreka High School to develop a community garden and greenhouse. The Yreka Garden Club also agreed to help maintain the greenhouse in exchange for growing space. These organizations along with a number of community volunteers pulled their enthusiasm and resources together to make this project a reality. In a few short months they leveled the site, built the raised beds, fixed the fence and irrigation system, and started thousands of seedlings inside the greenhouse. Much of the heavy work was donated by members of the California Conservation Corps and some materials were donated by local businesses.
The grand opening of this People’s Garden was May 3, 2009. Festivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, old-time music, a plant sale, and gardening workshops. The garden was teeming with enthusiasm through the summer, and by September many hundreds of pounds of fruit and vegetables were ready to be harvested and donations were made to Yreka Senior Center, Yreka Hospice, Grange Hall Community Hot Meals Program, and Yreka Community Food Bank. Through these organizations produce was made available to an estimated 300-350 people. Six workshops were held here on topics related to gardening, greenhouses, starting seed, and food preservation.
This spring and summer the Yreka Community Garden will be hold free classes on permiculture, greenhouse plantings, composting and mulching, and canning.
Special thanks goes to their partners!
Members of the California Conservation Corps (CCC) volunteered their services for a variety of work including clean up, construction of the raised beds and setting fresh gravel in the greenhouse.
The Ford Family Foundation Leadership Training Group is sponsoring the construction of an outdoor classroom/gazebo. This structure is a special project led by a local leadership training class which has been fund-raising for this project for 7 months. This project has received much support from local contributors including Rotary Club and in kind contributions from local contractors.
The Yreka Community Garden will also be developing a Children’s Garden that will feature educational planting beds, small water fountain/bird bath, butterfly garden, willow tunnel, native American cedar plank house, and benches and paths. This is being developed by an active community group including U.S. Forest Service biologists, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, local teachers, child development specialists, and local gardeners. Grants are being applied for to fund this aspect of the Yreka Community Garden.