May 30th, 2014- Sturgis, SD- 1,000 families! NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources Campaign for Homeownership celebrated a major milestone and welcomed the Anderson family into their new home.Kelly Anderson and her two children are now the proud owners of a 3 bedroom South Dakota Housing Governors House in Sturgis.
The Andersons are the 1,000th homebuyers to purchase a home through NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources. NeighborWorks® assisted with the purchase and construction of the Governors House and the lot.
The family had been crammed into a 2-bedroom apartment that was very hard for her son to get around in his wheel chair. “The apartment was very small; we are so excited to have more space.” Anderson explained.
Kelly decided to purchase the Governors House because of the affordability factor. “We looked for existing homes in Sturgis, and could not find anything that would fit our needs.” Anderson explained.
The Governor’s House has two bedrooms, one bath, and 1,008 square feet, with options to build with a basement, or just one level home.
The Anderson home has a completely finished basement that her son will be utilizing as his living quarters.
Thanks to NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, and USDA Rural Development, Kelly’s mortgage payment will be comparable to the rent that she was paying for the much smaller apartment.
Kelly Anderson utilized USDA Rural Development 502 Direct Program. 502 Direct loans are primarily used to help low-income individuals or households purchase homes in rural areas. The program extends the terms of the loan creating more affordable payments for the homeowner.
“USDA is pleased to be a part of this recognition ceremony,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks. “Owning your first home is a big step and huge accomplishment. We want to celebrate this milestone to highlight the efforts that make homeownership possible and to thank NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources for their hard work.”
Since 1992, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources has been assisting families with homeownership opportunities. Thanks to their many partners including South Dakota Housing Development Authority and USDA Rural Development, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources has been able to support their mission and help 1,000 families achieve the benefits of homeownership.
“NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources could not do the work we do without our partners and supporters. This landmark event is a celebration for everyone. Safe, decent and affordable housing is essential for the economic growth and health of our community.” stated NeighborWorks Executive Director Joy McCracken
On May 30th, 2014, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, USDA Rural Development, The Sturgis Chamber, and Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen welcomed the Anderson Family into their new home.
Attendees had the opportunity to view the beautiful home and see first hand the positive impact homeownership has on our community.
NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources would like to thank all of the attendees that celebrated this milestone event, and also thank everyone that donated a lilac bush to help landscape the Anderson’s Yard. Although the rain put a damper on our volunteer efforts to help with landscaping, Kelly will have four beautiful lilac bushes to plant in her yard.
About NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources: NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private nonprofit organization that has been assisting in providing decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods for twenty years. NeighborWorks® has helped more than 1,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources provides decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Western South Dakota communities.
If you would like more information about NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources of homeownership opportunities please contact Stephany at 605-923-6007 or visit us on the web at www.nwdhr.org