BISMARCK, ND, Oct 28, 2011 -- Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development State Director, today announced that two entities in North Dakota were selected to receive $135,000 in grants to make critical repairs and improve housing conditions for low- and very-low-income rural residents.
“Providing safe housing to rural residents is a key to maintaining stable and vibrant communities,” Schneider said. “The grants will help homeowners make necessary updates to their properties to improve living conditions. These repairs include anything from replacing a roof to repairing sewer systems to installing energy efficient technology.”
The Red River Regional Council has been selected to receive a $44,000 grant to make necessary repairs to 14 homes in the community of Grafton. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in Belcourt was selected to receive a $91,000 grant to repair 18 homes on the Turtle Mountain Reservation and surrounding area in Rolette County.
Through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grants program, funds are provided to intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and faith-based and community organizations. These organizations then distribute the grants to homeowners and owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents. Grants may be used to make general repairs, such as installing or improving plumbing or providing or enhancing access to people with disabilities. Funds may also be used to weatherize and make homes more energy efficient.
The USDA Housing Preservation Grants are often combined with state and local funds to provide help to as many homeowners as possible. The Red River Regional Council will leverage money from a Community Development Block Grant for $50,000 and the City of Grafton for $115,000. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will leverage over $8,000 between a Community Development Block Grant and a grant from the Housing Improvement Program (HIP) program in Belcourt.