Freeport area sees housing program extended

The REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Illinois was part of a successful effort to obtain access for residents of the Freeport area to rural housing programs.

The organization worked with elected officials including U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo, to make sure that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service was maintained after an Oct. 1 eligibility deadline.

The effort, which began in 2008, has resulted in assistance to more than 300 families and $21.2 million in economic benefits for the Freeport area. The programs can continue to be used through a new deadline of March 27, 2013, and efforts are already well under way to adjust the requirements for eligibility again.

Read the press release about the initiative here.

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Jon Broadbooks is Director of Communications for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. He supervises and carries out the implementation of the communications programs for the Association. He directs and supervises the Communications staff. He is responsible for coordinating and implementing the public relations and media relations efforts for the Association and acts as spokesperson and liaison to the statewide news media. He serves as editor of online and print content for IAR communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts IAR spokesperson training seminars and oversees the operation of website development for the Association.

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