The public is invited to a meeting at the Syracuse Public Library, 480 5th St., in Syracuse, Nebraska on Thursday, July 13, at 5:30 p.m.
The meeting will focus on opportunities available for families and individuals to achieve the dream of homeownership.  
USDA Rural Development has approximately $120 million available in Nebraska to assist with meeting the housing needs in rural communities.
Expanding and preserving homeownership is an important foundation to the economy and provides stability in rural communities.
Available housing is important in supporting employers in the community, provides a place “where jobs sleep” and allows families to live and raise their families in communities where they work.
State and federal partners, community officials, lenders, realtors, major employers, home builders and other housing partners will convene for the meeting.  
Families that are interested in living in rural communities and owning their own home or existing home owners that need assistance with home repairs should plan to attend.
USDA Rural Development will discuss programs that offer up to 100 percent financing for a home purchase.  
Financing is available with interest rates at 3.25 percent and below, and households may qualify for rates as low as 1 percent.
These affordable rates with no or a low down payment makes homeownership affordable and may be less than rent.  
Low interest rate loans at 1 percent are also available for home repairs for existing homeowners for very low income households.  
Grants are available for elderly households 62 years of age or older for home repairs that are unable to repay a loan.
For further information, contact the President for Syracuse Area Economic Development Corporation Carolyn Gigstad at (402) 269-3242 or