WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014
– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that
USDA is seeking applications for grants to preserve and
repair housing for very-low- and low-income families living
in rural areas.
"USDA provides grants to
qualified organizations so they can help rural homeowners
and rental housing owners make repairs and improvements,"
Vilsack said. "These grants help families with limited
incomes preserve their housing and improve their living
conditions. They can be used for a variety of needs, such as
repairs to resolve health or safety issues or for
energy-efficiency improvements to reduce utility costs. The
program also boosts economic activity for housing
contractors in rural areas who are hired to make the home
upgrades and repairs."
The funds are being made
available in USDA Rural Development's
Housing Preservation Grant program. Eligible applicants
include town or county governments, public agencies,
federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and
faith-based organizations. USDA does not provide funding
directly to homeowners under this program.
Up to $3.9 million is
available in Fiscal Year 2014. Applications are due July 28,
2014. More information on how to apply is on
page 33495 of today's Federal Register.
In 2012, Habitat for
Humanity Lake County (Calif.) received a $55,000 Housing
Preservation Grant to help 12 low-income homeowners repair
their homes. One person helped was James, a Vietnam veteran
living in Lucerne, Calif. James uses a wheelchair for
mobility, but could not leave his home without assistance.
Habitat for Humanity widened his doorway and installed a
wheelchair lift, giving him independence again.
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
USDA's investments in
rural communities support the rural way of life that stands
as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use
of federal resources to foster sustainable economic
prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for
businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural
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