PORTLAND, Nov 12, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Vicki Walker today announced the award of a $50,000 grant to help nonprofit NeighborWorks Umpqua finance critical home repairs for low-income rural homeowners in Oregon’s Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties.
"Providing safe, reliable housing to rural residents is key to maintaining stable communities and creating jobs," Walker said. "USDA has developed a number of strategic partnerships, like our collaboration with NeighborWorks Umpqua, to improve living conditions and, in turn, the health, safety and prosperity of rural residents."
The USDA grant adds resources to the housing rehabilitation program administered by NeighborWorks Umpqua with leveraged funding from a number of sources. Eligible homeowners may qualify for assistance to repair, replace, or upgrade a roof, plumbing, electrical, septic, well, or heating system or conduct mold abatement, dry rot repair, or other critical renovations.
Those seeking home repair assistance can learn more on the NeighborWorks Umpqua website at http://www.nwumpqua.org/. Telephone inquiries should be directed to 541-673-4909 in Douglas County and 541-247-9638 in Coos and Curry Counties.
The awards announced by USDA today includes recipients in 45 states, the Western Pacific and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico which will receive grants to make housing repairs and improve housing conditions for limited income rural residents.
Funding is provided through USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant program. Funds are provided to intermediaries such as local governments, public agencies, federally-recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit, 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. Funds are not directly provided to eligible homeowners by USDA.
View the list of recipients for Housing Preservation Grants. Each award is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement.
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