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Silver City residents honored as part of special month



Silver City Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Ann Bettison, looks on as new homeowner Jim Keels, center, and USDA RD State Director Terry Brunner break ground to begin the construction of Keels’ new home. (Courtesy photo)

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner visited Silver City to conclude the month-long celebration of homeowner ship by honoring Jim Keels an Army veteran and Priscilla Arredondo one of the newest homeowners in Silver City.

The visit is one of numerous events held across the nation and one of six events here in New Mexico during the month of June. The activities and events focused on housing’s role in creating jobs and stimulating our nation’s economy.

During the homeownership celebration, Brunner presented an American flag to Keels and to Arredondo saying, “Although the two of you have attained the goal of homeownership for yourself, you may not realize how you have helped strengthen your community and your local economy.

Priscilla Arredondo gives a tour of the construction of her new home to Silver City Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Ann Bettison. (Courtesy photo)

“Every new home built employs construction workers and increases purchases of goods and services at local stores. The long-term investment homeowners make in their home often results in greater participation in community affairs and greater interest in seeing their community succeed.”

Keels is one of the two veterans honored during the 2015 homeownership month celebration here in New Mexico. He joined the U.S. Army at the age of 19 in 1958. He ultimately served for three years as apersonnel specialist in Trios-Fontaines a U.S. Army ammunition depot in France. The 76-year-old qualified for a home loan through USDA Rural Development’s direct loan program.

The new 1,100 square foot home being built for him will have with two bed rooms and two bathrooms. The construction of his new home will begin later this summer.

Arredondo and her two children, 14-year-old Kaelah and 3 year-old Abram will move into their new 1,300 square foot home in about a month when it is completed. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a single car garage. Arredondo also qualified for the home loan through USDA Rural De-velopment’s direct loan program. Qualifying for the loan allowed Arredondo to attain the title of homeowner for the first time in her life.

In fiscal year 2014, USDA Rural Development awarded $65 million in loans in grants in 10 housing programs which directly affected 557 rural families of New Mexico.

Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov.


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