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Greg Sprow was about to start construction for the day on his home in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Sprow and other homeowners in his neighborhood were able to build their homes with the aid a Self Help Housing Loan through the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Self Help Housing Loan Program. One requirement in the contract is that owners of homes in the neighborhood help each other with the construction of each other’s homes. Even though this program has been remarkably successful and low cost, both the Obama administration and the House Republicans want to cut its funding.

A message from the Rural Assembly

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