Sioux Falls – The summer months are often associated with baseball games, hot dogs, apple pie and the potential evolution of severe weather. Homeowners Ronald and Lila Kellogg of Armour have never felt more secure since they installed a storm shelter with the assistance of USDA Rural Development funding.
“Knowing we have a storm shelter has provided us with peace of mind and a sense of security,” said homeowner Lila Kellogg. “It provides us with a safe place to go in the event we need to take shelter during severe weather conditions.” Recently, the Kellogg’s spent 3 ½ hours in the shelter and they felt very secure.
The Kellogg’s don’t have a basement. Their home is built slab on grade. Lila saw an ad in the newspaper from Divine Concrete, Inc. advertising storm shelters and she contacted Rural Development to find out if this was a doable project. The Kellogg’s completed an application and were deemed eligible for the agency’s 504 Home Repair program. The Kellogg’s have used the program in the past. Rural Development provides Section 504 Home Repair Loans and Grants in rural areas to eligible, very low-income homeowners who are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. Under this program, eligible applicants may obtain funds to repair, improve, modernize, or remove health and safety hazards in their owner-occupied dwellings.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.