Lexington, KY, May 09, 2012 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications for grants are being accepted to help low- and very-low-income rural residents repair their homes.
“These grants help limited-income rural homeowners make necessary repairs and improvements for safer, healthier and more energy-efficient dwellings,” Vilsack said. “I strongly encourage all eligible organizations to apply for this funding.”
Rural Development State Director Tom Fern said Housing Preservation Grants help bring job growth and stability to low-income communities while improving the living conditions of rural Americans. The grants can be used to weatherize and repair existing structures, install or improve plumbing or provide access to people with disabilities.
USDA Rural Development is offering Housing Preservation Grants to intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies 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. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.
For example, in 2009 LKLP-Community Action Council, Inc. received a $60,000 Housing Preservation Grant along with additional $90,000 in leveraged funds from other sources. With these funds, LKLP was able to complete the rehabilitation of six homes in Leslie, Knott, Letcher and Perry counties. One homeowner received a new roof, heat pump, ceilings, doors, insulation, air sealing materials, smoke detectors and weatherization of water pipes and windows.
For fiscal year 2012, USDA may award up to $4.1 million in competitive grants through the Housing Preservation Grant program. Applications are due June 25, 2012. For more information on how to apply, please see page 27179 of the May 9, 2012 Federal Register or click on this link http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-09/html/2012-11036.htm
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 is committed to using Federal resources more efficiently to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working 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 active portfolio of more than $165 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 areas.
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