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10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010 t National Submitted by USDAIAIbuquer- que USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner an- nounced this week that June has been declared National Homeownership Month by the federal government. The celebra- tion is a commemoration of the 'American Dream of Homeownership' and to open the door for new homeowners• During the month of June, This an old ershi New Mq USDA Rural Development has planned numerous activities across New Mexico to bring more attention to homeownership. The events are designed to educate the public on how to purchase a home: In making the announce- ment Brunner said, "USDA Rural Development has always been committed to helping families reach their dream of homeownership and this year's ay, new twist By RAY VlGILISocial Security able to get some help with Public Affairs Specialist in El monthly prerriiums, annual Paso, Texas deductibles, and prescription co- Who says you can't teach an payments. Some examples in old dad new twists? All across which income may be higher in- the nation this Father's Day week- clude if he or his wife: end, people are telling their fa- --Support other family members who live with them; thers, grandfathers, and other spe- cial men in their lives about a new --Have earnings from work; "twist" in the law that may help or --Live in Alaska or Hawaii; them qualify for extra help pay- and ing for costs associated with their Have resources limited prescription drugs, to $12,510 for an individual or When you're spending time $25,010 for a married couple liv- with Dad this weekend, ask him ing together. Resources include if he can use some help paying such things as bank accounts, for his prescription drugs. If so, stocks, and bonds. We do not tell him about the Medicare Pre- count his house or car as re- scription Drug Plan and the extra sources• help available through Social You can help Dad fill'out an Security. easy-to-use online application at If Dad is covered by Medi- care and has limited income and prescriptionhelp. To apply by resources, he might be eligible for phone or have an application extra help to pay for his monthly mailed to you, call Social Secu- premiums, annual deductibles, rity at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1- and prescription co-payments• 800-325-0778) and ask for the The extra help is worth an aver- Application for Help with Medi- age of $3,900 per year. care Prescription Drug Plan If you're met with a resistant, Costs (SSA-1020). Or go to the "No, I've looked into it before and nearest Social Security office. I don't qualify," then let him know You and your dad can learn the law changed in January 2010. more about the Medicare pre- As volunteer spokesman Chubby scription drug plans and special Checker will tell you, a new enrollment periods. Visit "twist" in the law makes it easier or call 1-800- than ever to qualify for the extra MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; help. TTY 1-877-486-2048)• Thanks to this new "twist"Maybe it's been a few years in the law, we no longer count any since Dad did the Twist. But say- life insurance policy he has as a ing an extra $3,900 a year on pre- resource, and we no longer count scription drugs may help put a as income any financial assis- new spring in his step. tance he receives regularly from someone else to pay his house- hold expenses like food, mort- gage or rent, utilities or property taxes. Don't take our word for it, see Chubby Checker's rocking mes- sage at prescriptionhelp. To qualify, he must be receiv- ing Medicare and: Have income limited to $16,245 for an individual or $21, 855 for a married couple living together, Even if his annual in- come is hi her, he still Month will be in June theme 'Protecting the American Dream' is particularly important during these challenging times.', Brunner added, "Since the begin- ning of the fiscal year we have provided almost 400 families with home loans making this fis- cal year one of the most success- ful we've ever had in New Mexico." National Homeownership Month began in 1997 as a chal- lenge to increase the number of homeowners throughout the United States. Government stud- ies have shown that homeownership is a key element in the nation's economy with the housing industry accounting for about 15 percent of the gross do- mestic, product (GDP) in a typi- cal year. Studies also show that neighborhoods are strengthened when there is a higher percent- age of homeownership. Homeowners are proven to be more active in their neighbor- hoods, they contribute more to their communities and a more stable environment for families is created. This month, LPSDA Rural Development will highlight and honor several families who have successfully achieved homeownership, who have over- come family challenges to do so and to also honor the many lend- ers and realtors who have partnered with USDA Rural De- velopment to ensure that New Mexico families have access to the housing programs funding sources offered by Rural Devel- opment. USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents.- Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, fi- nances bus~ness development, and supports the creation of criti- cal community and technology infrastructure• Further informa, tion on rural programs is avail, able at any local USDA Rural • Development office or by visit- ing USDA Rural Development's web site at http:// Lordsburg Elks Lodge. honoring veterans, patriotism 4 Above, The Lordsburg Elks Lodge held a Flag Burning Ceremony on Flag Day, June 14. At left, Ernesto Renteria holds one of the Ameri- can flags during the Flag Day Ceremony held at the Lodge prior to the Flag Burning Cer- emony. Below, Elks were out in force on Me- morial Day, placing new flags on the gravesites of fallen veterans. 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