EXCERPT: “Greg and Maggie Peterson are on their way toward the American dream of home ownership. Three years ago, they would not have thought it possible. A tight, fixed income made the idea of home ownership seem like a pipe dream. ‘We had pretty much come to terms that we would be renting for probably at least the next 20 years if not more,’ said Maggie. However, a pair of housing programs helped them buy a home in Claremont, making that dream come true. Those programs — the federal Section 8 housing program run by the Southeast Minnesota Multi County Housing Redevelopment Association and the federal Department of Agriculture’s USDA 502 Direct Loan program — have given the family a chance to own a home. ‘Both are equally important and critical to us moving from being renters, indefinitely, to home owners,’ Greg said.” FULLSTORY: