News Release
Release No.STELPRD4011599
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
(AUGUST 5, 2011) FUNDING AVAILABLE TO IMPROVE RURAL HOUSING
Housing Preservation Grant Program Funds Used by Local Organizations to Assist Low-Income Families
Des Moines, IA, Aug 05, 2011 --

@@DES MOINES, Iowa – August 5, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that applications are being accepted for grants to assist local organizations in their efforts helping low and very-low-income rural residents repair homes.

Housing Preservation Grants are provided to intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Native American Tribes, and non-profit and faith-based organizations. The grants are then distributed to qualified homeowners or owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents. Funding is not provided directly to homeowners by USDA under this program.

USDA may award up to $9.8 million in competitive grants through the Housing Preservation Grant program. Applications are due on August 22, 2011. For more information about application details, please view the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) published in the July 7, 2011 Federal Register.

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.

“Ensuring that all Iowans living in rural communities have decent, safe and affordable housing has been a top priority of USDA Rural Development for many years,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “It is through housing programs such as this one that we can ensure as many rural Iowans as possible have access to adequate housing.”

Each year USDA Rural Development invests around $100 million in loans and grants that provide rural residents with decent, safe and sanitary single or multi-family housing. Housing loans can be obtained directly with USDA Rural Development or from a private financial institution.

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of grant and direct and guaranteed loan programs for single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.

Contact USDA Rural Development

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by calling (515) 284-4663 or by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

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