3727 Government Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71302
Release No.: 02082008-1
Contact: Holly L. Martien, (318) 473-7917
DETERMINATION PAYS OFF FOR NEW HOMEOWNER
Federal Funding Partnership Makes Homeownership Possible
LAKE CHARLES, February 8, 2008 – When her first home loan application was
disapproved by USDA Rural Development in 2006, Mildred Doucet refused to give up—
in fact, she became even more determined to become a homeowner. Today, her
determination is about to pay off—Doucet will be accepting the keys to her new home.
USDA Rural Development State Director Clyde Holloway joined Calcasieu Parish
Police Jury members, contractors, family, and friends today to present the keys to Doucet.
“When I first applied to Rural Development for a home loan, I didn’t make enough
money,” says Doucet. “I was working at McDonald’s, and it just wasn’t enough.”
Ross Maxwell, Single Family Housing Specialist with USDA Rural Development,
says Doucet refused to give up. “Ms. Doucet went to work at a second part-time job,
enrolled in night classes, and worked her way into a new, better-paying job with the
Calcasieu Parish School Board.”
When Doucet reapplied for a USDA Rural Development homeownership loan in
April 2007, she was approved.
“We commend Ms. Doucet for her hard work and determination,” said Holloway.
“She is a role model for others who are hoping to become first-time homeowners.”
Ms. Doucet is financing her home through a unique funding partnership between
USDA Rural Development and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury—through HUD’s
Homeownership Voucher Program. This is the first USDA Rural Development loan-HUD
Homeownership Voucher combination approved in Calcasieu Parish.
HUD’s Homeownership Voucher Program provides financial assistance to
qualified first-time home buyers to help meet monthly mortgage expenses. The Calcasieu
Parish Police Jury serves as the local Public Housing Agency and