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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Local family completes self-help home program

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  • Another family has realized the dream of home ownership thanks to the Little Dixie Self-Help Housing program.
    Linda Martin, of the Little Dixie Community Action Agency, says Nick and Terra Blanton, along with their son Korbin, moved into their custom-built, three-bedroom home on July 1. The house was built on their families’ land located near the Marshall County/Carter County line.
    “We are very proud of them and happy for them to be in their home,” Martin said.
    The Little Dixie Self-Help Housing program works with low income families to build and finance a home. Those that qualify for the program agree to participate in the construction of their new custom-built home, which is financed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. Through the USDA, financing is available with lower interest rates for lower-income households. Once approved by the USDA, the future homeowner invests 700 hours of “sweat-equity” into the construction of their home. During the four-to-six month period of construction, the future homeowner will paint, stain, caulk, insulate, hang doors, complete trim work and clean up after the contractor.
    The Blantons were approved to participate in the program on July 12, 2013. Construction began on their home on Dec. 20, 2013.
    The Little Dixie Community Action Agency offers many programs to help southern Oklahomans. The non-profit organization provides housing counseling, homebuyer education and credit counseling, in addition to the self-help housing program.
    There are hundreds of Little Dixie homes across Carter County and the organization serves residents of Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Love, Marshall, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties. An Ardmore office serves residents of Carter, Love and Marshall Counties.
    To ask questions about the Little Dixie Community Action Agency, call the Ardmore office at (580) 226-3030.

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