USDA seeks applications for grants to improve quality of rural housing
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting applications from qualified entities to provide grants to help low- and very-low-income rural residents repair their homes. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. The announcement is one part of the department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
“The Obama administration and USDA are working to ensure that rural homeowners and renters have safe, affordable and sanitary places to live,” Vilsack said. “These grant funds will help low- and very-low-income residents in our rural communities maintain and repair their homes and make them more energy-efficient.”
Grants are provided to qualified intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies, community organizations, federally recognized Indian Tribes, non-profit and faith-based organizations. The grants are then distributed to qualified homeowners or owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents. The grants can be used to weatherize and repair existing structures, install or improve plumbing or provide access to people with disabilities. For additional information on eligibility for Housing Preservation Grants, see the June 18 Federal Register.
President Barack Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of American values. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as the department implements sequestration—the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act.
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