Kake, Alaska, Oct 28, 2011 -- USDA-RD Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund announced today the village of Kake has received a Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) award in the amount of $50,000. The recipient is the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) which will match the grant. The funds will be used for repairs on the Kake Elderly Apartment Building.
THRHA has 25+ years of experience in the construction and administration of multi-family housing. In the past six years alone the THRHA has developed, constructed and manages 134 new units in five communities across Southeast Alaska.
The 12 unit senior housing apartment serves low income tenants who are 62 of age and older. Kake is a remote community with high energy costs exceeding 60 cents per kilowatt hour. The cost of living is exceedingly high for food, heat and basic needs.
Based on priorities THRHA will use the HPG Grant of $50,000.00 and matching funds to replace the roof, windows, smoke alarms, doors and install energy efficient appliances for all units.
USDA-RD Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund said, “This investment and partnership with THRHA will save these elders precious energy dollars and enhance the quality of their lives. Our Rural Development Multi Family Housing programs play an integral role of boosting the local economy while ensuring the safety and well-being of seniors in the Kake community.”
“We are very pleased to receive this grant,” said Dr. Blake Kazama, THRHA President and CEO. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with USDA Rural Development to improve the comfort and safety of the Kake Elderly Building. This grant will help expand weatherization and increase energy efficiency. We would also like to thank the Organized Village of Kake, the City of Kake and SEARHC for their continued support.”
USDA-RD Alaska Housing Program Director, Deborah Davis states, “This program is a valuable tool which public and private non-profit organizations may use to apply for grant money in order to rehabilitate housing owned and occupied by income-eligible applicants in their community.”
“Applications are accepted pursuant to a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) which is published annually in the Federal Register in the months of January or February,” added Davis.
For more information, please contact Cynthia Jackson at (907) 761-7723 or visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ak/housing.htm.