ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct 18, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer announced today that the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership has been selected to receive a $25,883 grant to rehabilitate low-income owner-occupied homes in the cities of Rushford and Adrian. The funds will mainly focus on concerns for the existence of lead-based paint or other health and safety hazards.
“As the housing market continues its recovery, it’s important that we continue working to make sure that people are able to remain in their homes,” Landkamer said. “These funds help make the homes of limited income rural residents safer, making sure Southwest Minnesota remains a healthy and vibrant place to live, work and raise a family.”
The funds come from Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant Program and are provided to intermediaries such as Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, town our county governments, public agencies and Indian Tribes.
Examples of eligible repairs include making homes handicap accessible, weatherization, heating, plumbing, electricity or removing health and safety hazards. USDA funds are often leveraged with funding from additional sources.
Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested over $3.5 billion throughout Minnesota. In addition to home repairs, Rural Development finances home loans, infrastructure, healthcare facilities, businesses, renewable energy and high-speed Internet in rural areas.
To learn more about Rural Development programs, visit www.rurdev.uda.gov/mn, or call the local office in Worthington at (507) 372-7783, or in Marshall at (507) 532-3234.