Seaford, DE, Jul 18, 2014 -- Contact: Kathy Beisner, (302) 943-3818
Funding to Ensure Affordable Rural Rental Housing
Seaford, Del., July 18, 2014 – USDA Rural Development State Director Dr. Bill McGowan and U.S. Senator Tom Carper today joined community-based non-profit housing organizations at Chandler Heights, an affordable apartment complex for families in Seaford, to highlight a federal grant through the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Program in the amount of $152,492 to the National Council on Agriculture Life and Labor Research Fund, Inc. (NCALL).
“This is a great program that can do many things to support locally-based development strategies,” said Dr. McGowan. “Primarily it is available to community-based development organizations to promote economic growth in low-income rural communities. We are lucky to have NCALL as a community economic development partner promoting affordable housing, improved communities and sustainable development. It is one more tool in the box to ensure that families, seniors and those with disabilities have access to a home that they can afford.”
NCALL is a nonprofit organization based in Dover and has been in business serving the Delmarva Peninsula since 1976. The organization specializes in housing development, education and lending. NCALL, serving as the intermediary, will use the grant to provide technical assistance and training to Better Homes of Seaford (BHS) and Millsboro Housing for Progress (MHP) that will help preserve rental housing complexes like Chandler Heights II that is owned by BHS and supports 24 three bedroom family units; and Millsboro Village II owned by MHP and supports 26 family units. The funding can also help with the development of new rental housing properties.
NCALL will assist both nonprofit housing organizations address the many housing development challenges and obstacles, from predevelopment through construction and rent-up, to mutually overcome them and proceed with the housing development’s needs.
Last year, USDA Rural Development returned $196 million to rural Delaware. They have more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs. The 2014 Farm Bill brings renewed support for community economic development, including financing for investments in broadband, telecommunications, distance learning and telemedicine, entrepreneurship, and business development and growth.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.