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Financing Builds, Repairs & Aging in Place in Rural Areas


Build and repair funding strategies for rural affiliates. This session will focus on finding funding for aging in place projects and projects in rural communities. Every county in Wisconsin (except Milwaukee) has area that is considered by the US Dept. of Agriculture as rural. Your affiliate can build capacity and serve more low-income families by partnering with the USDA’s Rural Development offices in our state. Learn about Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants, Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans and Loan Guarantee programs, and even the Mutual Self-Help program.


Carol Gregory, HFHI

Carol developed a passion for the mission of Habitat for Humanity over 30 years ago at her local Habitat affiliate. She is now in her 32nd year with HFHI and has served in various roles from Executive Director in Americus to GA State Coordinator to Regional Training Manager. Carol is currently an Aging In Place Consultant within Neighborhood Revitalization and enjoys working with affiliate in both areas of Habitat’s work. She is proficient in other areas of non-profit management especially board development and strategic planning. Carol holds both a BA and MA in education and has a certificate in non-profit management from the Georgia Center for Non Profits and from Duke University continuing education. She earned a certificate in fund-raising from Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy in 2006. Carol is a certified Technology of Participation trainer.

Stephanie Kelnhofer, USDA-RD

Stephanie is the lead Single Family Housing Specialist for USDA Rural Development in Wisconsin. She began working for the federal government in 1986, beginning her career as a County Office Clerk with Farmers Home Administration (FmHA). When FmHA was consolidated in 1995, Stephanie was transferred to Farm Service Agency (FSA). In 2000, she accepted a Specialist position with USDA Rural Development, formerly FmHA. In this capacity, Stephanie worked in Rhinelander and Shawano administering both the single family and multi-family housing programs for the Agency. In 2009, she accepted a position as a Multi-Family Housing Specialist in USDA Rural Development’s Wisconsin State Office located in Stevens Point. A year later she transferred to her current position. Stephanie enjoys volunteering in the community.  Her primary focus as a volunteer is with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which she has been involved with for past 12 years.

Earlier Event: October 8
Later Event: October 8
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