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USDA announces rural housing grants

Courtesy of the USDA

USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah announced on Sept. 6 grants to preserve and repair affordable housing for very-low- and low-income families living in rural areas.

"Housing Preservation Grants are an excellent source of funding to help folks keep up a safe and energy efficient home that is in good repair," Mensah said. "This funding will go a long way toward helping maintain the value of their homes and preserve the supply of safe, affordable rural housing in rural America."

USDA is awarding $3.9 million in Housing Preservation Grants to 107 organizations in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and in every state except Montana and Washington.

The grants will renovate 966 rural housing units. They can be used to remove health and safety hazards, make homes more energy efficient and modernize the units. Eligible recipients include local governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, nonprofit organizations and faith-based and community groups. They distribute the grants to homeowners and owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents.

The organizations receiving the grants determine which local projects to support.

Funding for all awards is contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of their grant agreement.

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USDA has provided $51 million in Housing Preservation Grants since the start of the Obama Administration. These grants have leveraged more than $184 million to repair and rehabilitate nearly 13,000 homes and apartments in rural communities.

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More info

To learn more about the rural housing projects, go to http://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RD-RHS_HPGs2016.pdf.

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