News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016242
ContactLarry Yerich(907) 271-2424 ext. 125
Anchorage, AK, May 09, 2012 --

@@USDA-RD Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund today announced that applications for grants are being accepted to provide assistance to low and very low income rural residents to repair their homes.

“Strong rural communities are a key to a stronger America, and safe, sanitary housing is crucial to improving the quality of rural life,” said Nordlund. “These grants to qualified intermediaries help limited income rural homeowners make necessary repairs and improvements for safer, healthier and more energy-efficient dwellings,” he added.

USDA Rural Development is offering Housing Preservation Grants to intermediaries such as city and borough governments; public agencies; federally recognized Indian Tribes; 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.

Grants can be used to weatherize and repair existing structures, install or improve plumbing or provide access to people with disabilities. Housing Preservation Grants help bring job growth and stability to low-income communities while improving the living conditions of rural Americans.

For fiscal year 2012, USDA may award up to $4.1 million in competitive grants nationwide 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 Alaska’s allocation for this funding is usually about $50,000

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-Rural Development 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.

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