The Director’s Rural Infrastructure News-Kyle Wilkens USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director

July 06, 2022

USDA Rural Development has wrapped up National Homeownership Month. However, at Rural Development, we are always striving to provide housing assistance. We enjoy partnering with organizations that work with housing issues and repairs. Recently, Missouri Rural Development staff attended the Northeast Community Action Corp (NECAC) Quarterly meeting and Self-Help Housing program event in Hannibal. USDA grants received by NECAC help this program serve eligible veterans and low-income residents during a time when home repair supply costs are rising. The Self-Help Housing program was showcased during the meeting. NECAC helped Hannibal veteran Robert Sergant, tear down his 40-year-old deck and replace it with new material. Missouri Rural Development was proud to partner with NECAC to thank a local veteran for his service and be of assistance with his home.

Hannibal Veteran Robert Sergant

Missouri RD staff is eager to help you and your family create a home that will make you proud. Now is the time to buy a home, a place to make memories, a place to celebrate holidays like the 4th of July. USDA Rural Development can work with lenders and community partners to open the door to homeownership for rural Americans who have been unserved or underserved for far too long. So, reach out to USDA Rural Development now and find out how we can assist in making your dream home a reality.

USDA’s single family housing programs are:

The Single Family Housing Direct Home Loan Program provides loans directly to families and individuals so they can buy or build homes in rural America.

The Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program enables USDA to partner with private lending institutions, backing their loans to help families and individuals buy homes in rural areas.

The Home Repair Loan and Grant Program provides loans and grants to help families and individuals repair their homes to make them safer, healthier places to live.

The Mutual Self-Help Housing Grant Program provides grants to qualified organizations to help them carry out local self-help housing construction projects.

Visit the Single Family Housing program webpage or contact a Rural Development State Office to learn more about USDA homeownership programs near you.

USDA Rural Development doesn’t just assist homeowners. Ask us how we help tenants with rental assistance. This assistance ensures low-income and elderly tenants pay no more than 30% of their income in rent. For more information, visit Multifamily Housing Programs | Rural Development (

Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

Rural Development staff live and work in the very communities they serve. From one neighbor to another, let us know if you need us. Always feel free to reach out to us at Rural Development by visiting our website, emailing us at, or calling us at (573) 876-0976 to get more information on any of USDA Rural Development’s programs.

Thank you,

Kyle Wilkens

USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director