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Release No.STELPRD4012908
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(10/28/11) AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO IMPROVE RURAL HOUSING
Four Pennsylvania Recipients Awarded
Selma, Ala., Oct 27, 2011 --

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding To Improve Rural Housing

Recipients Include Public Agencies, Private Non-profit Organizations, Tribes, and Owners of Rental and Cooperative Housing

SELMA, Ala., - October 28, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today selected recipients in 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for grants to make critical repairs and improve housing conditions for low- and very-low-income rural residents. Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien announced the recipients today on Secretary Vilsack’s behalf while attending a local Farm Bill listening session in Selma, Ala.

   “Providing safe housing to rural residents is a key to maintaining stable communities and creating jobs,” Vilsack said. “Across America, USDA works in partnership with Tribes, community organizations and non-profit groups to improve living conditions for thousands of rural residents.”

   The support Vilsack is announcing today is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grants (HPG) 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. 

   For example, the following Pennsylvania recipients will utilize HPG grant funds to assist low income homeowners with needed home improvements:

    • Huntingdon County: $42,397

    • Borough of Grove City: $97,500

    • Armstrong County: $65,000

    • Monroe County Redevelopment Authority: $98,654

Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement.

Since taking office, President Obama’s Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities.  From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council – chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – the President wants the federal government to be the best possible partner for rural businesses and entrepreneurs creating job opportunities and for people who want to live, work, and raise their families in rural communities.

  Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of approximately 110 employees located in 11 offices throughout Pennsylvania. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.

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