Salt Lake City, UT, Nov 30, 2010 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced recently the selection of 163 recipients in 50 states for grants to repair and improve housing for low- and very-low-income rural residents. One Utah organizations is among those selected.
“USDA and the Obama Administration are working to ensure that rural homeowners have safe, sanitary, energy-efficient places to live,” Vilsack said. “USDA’s assistance is often combined with funding from community organizations and non-profit groups to help people make needed repairs,” Vilsack said.
Housing Preservation Grants are provided to intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and faith-based organizations. The grants are then distributed from intermediaries to homeowners or owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents. The grants may be used to make general repairs such as installing or improving plumbing or providing or enhancing access to people with disabilities. Funds can also be used to weatherize and make homes more energy-efficient.
Uintah Basin Association of Governments in Roosevelt, Utah was selected for a $50,000 grant to help rural residents in the Uintah Basin make health, safety, and other essential repairs to their homes.
USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grants are often combined with state and local funds. USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development returned over $393 million dollars this past fiscal year to rural Utah communities. Funds are used to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technological infrastructures. Further information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ut. ###
Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement.