WASHINGTON, Oct 18, 2012 -- Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager today announced the selection of recipients in 49 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for grants to make repairs and improve housing conditions for low- and very-low-income rural residents.
"For many rural residents, maintaining a home with basic features such as indoor plumbing and safe electrical wiring is often unaffordable," Tonsager said. "This program supports basic repairs to improve living conditions for rural residents with extremely limited incomes."
The more than $4.4 million in funding announced today is being provided through USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant 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 funds to homeowners and owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who repair dwellings occupied by low- and very-low-income residents. Funds are not provided directly to the ultimate recipients by USDA.
Locally, seven California organizations received funds to assist low-income rural homeowners.
• County of Nevada - $85,000 grant will assist with repairs for seven homeowners in Nevada County.
• Great Northern Corporation - $45,184 grant will assist six families repair their homes in Siskiyou County.
• Habitat for Humanity Lake County, Inc. - $55,541 grant will assist 12 homeowners in Lake County with home repairs and rehabilitation.
• Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians - $47,500 grant will assist in repairing six tribal members' homes.
• Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) - $85,000 grant will help preserve seven homes throughout Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare counties.
• Self-Help Home Improvement Project (SHHIP) - $95,000 grant will assist in repairing 25 homes in Shasta and Tehama counties.
• Yurok Indian Housing Authority - $47,500 grant will help repair 11 homes of tribal members.
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 California, each of the grants is being leveraged with funding from additional sources totaling over $629,000.
Please click here for a complete list of recipients that were selected to receive USDA housing preservation grants. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement. For information on other Rural Development's projects, please visit the agency's new interactive web map at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $174 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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