News Release
Release No.STELPRD4011450
ContactCynthia O'Grady856-787-7723
(JULY 14, 2011) USDA SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF RURAL HOUSING
MT. LAUREL, Jul 14, 2011 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Howard Henderson announces that USDA is accepting applications for our Housing Preservation Grant Program which helps low and very-low income rural residents repair their homes.

Housing Preservation Grants are provided to intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies, and non-profit and faith-based organizations. The grants are then distributed to qualified homeowners or owners of multi-family rental properties who rent to low and very-low income residents. The grants can be used to weatherize and repair existing structures, install or improve plumbing or provide access to people with disabilities.

In 2010, USDA provided both Gloucester and Hunterdon County a Housing Preservation Grant for $55,000. Funds were used for repairs to existing dwellings throughout the township to correct health and safety issues including insulation, windows/doors and heating systems.

USDA may award grants competitively through the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Federal Register at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-07/pdf/2011-17109.pdf

Applications can be obtained by calling Derrick Waltz at (856) 787-7773 or email him at derrick.waltz@nj.usda.gov. Deadline for application submission is no later than 5:00 PM August 22, 2011.