There were many of us in attendance at the National Rural Self-Help Housing Association Meeting. It was great to see so many friends, advocates, and practitioners of the Self-Help Housing Program. What I took away from that meeting is that we need to be prepared. The general feeling and sense is that we are going to be in the same battle that we were in last year. So be prepared for the Administration to once again place a great program up on the blocks.
The Self-Help Program works and it is not a give away. Thousands of families living in rural areas are now homeowners because of this program. They would not have been otherwise. Even more are homeowners because of the Direct 502 Loan Program. These two programs are great examples of how housing works well in rural areas. They may take some hard work, but the results are well worth it. Not everything is easy, nor should it be.
So to all those who have shown an interest in Self-Help and the 502 Direct Loan Program, be prepared. Do not get tired. Do not let up. Keep showcasing what you do and the real results that matter.