Montpelier, VT, Nov 08, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack 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.
The support Vilsack announced is 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.
In New Hampshire there will be $100,000 split between two nonprofit organizations, each receiving $50,000. Southwestern Community Services, Inc. with headquarters in Keene, NH will obtain $50,000 to assist 15 very low income households in Sullivan County with an additional $100,471 of leveraged assistance from other sources. Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc., with headquarters in Berlin, NH, will assist 22 very low and low income households with RD’s $50,000 grant along with leveraged funds of $207,000 serving Coos, Carroll, and Grafton counties.
“These organizations are literally the cornerstones, both north and south, in New Hampshire when it comes to housing and weatherization services that benefit low and very low income homeowners” said Molly Lambert, State Director for USDA Rural Development in New Hampshire and Vermont. In addition, she stated, “We are so fortunate to have these groups involved in the delivery of our Housing and Preservation Grant programs.”
The following is a complete list of recipients. 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.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. 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. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency's programs.
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