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  Release No. 0502.10
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  Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding To Improve Rural Housing
  Recipients Include Public Agencies, Private Non-profit Organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, and Owners of Rental and Cooperative Housing
 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today selected 163 recipients in 50 states and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico for grants to repair and improve housing for low- and very-low-income rural residents. USDA's Rural Housing Administrator Tammye Treviño announced the grant recipients on behalf of Secretary Vilsack during a speech in Boston today to the National Council of State Housing Agencies.

"The Obama Administration is working to ensure that rural homeowners have safe, sanitary, energy-efficient places to live, and USDA is working with community organizations and non-profit groups to help people make needed repairs," Vilsack said.

Housing Preservation Grants are provided to intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and faith-based organizations. The grants are then distributed from intermediaries to homeowners or owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents. The grants may be used to make general repairs such as installing or improving plumbing or providing or enhancing access to people with disabilities. Funds can also be used to weatherize and make homes more energy-efficient.

For example, in Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is being selected for a $36,000 grant to help rural residents near the greater Springfield area in Western Massachusetts make health, safety and other repairs to their homes. Greater Greenville Housing & Revitalization Association, Inc., in Greenville, Miss., is being selected to receive a $125,000 grant to repair 16 single-family homes in Washington County. Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla., is selected to receive a $43,765 grant to provide rehabilitation assistance to homeowners.

USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grants are often combined with state and local funds. In 2009, the city of Fayette, Miss., in Jefferson County, received a $75,643 grant to repair and rehabilitate several homes, including that of Willie Henry Reed. Mr. Reed has been confined to a wheelchair since 1982 and lacked access to certain rooms in his home. His home also had a leaking roof due to storm damage. Thanks to the USDA grant and $87,000 provided by the Mississippi Development Authority, Reed's home was remodeled with two additional bathrooms and bedrooms. One of the new bathrooms is in Reed's bedroom and is fully handicapped accessible. The kitchen was also retrofitted to allow Reed access. Three more homes are being repaired with the remaining funds.

The following is a complete list of organizations that have been selected to receive funding under USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grants Program. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement.

Alabama

* Community Action Partnership of North Alabama - $100,000

* Community Action Agency of Baldwin, Escambia, Clarke, Monroe and Conecuh Counties - $66,000

* Community Service Programs of West Alabama - $85,000

* Organized Community Action Program, Inc. - $82,000

Alaska

* Metlakatla Indian Corporation Housing Authority - $53,605

Arizona

* City of Casa Grande - $62,256

* Campesinos Sin Fronteras - $60,429

* Cocopah Indian Housing & Development- $39,866

Arkansas

* Mississippi County Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission - $52,738

* Crawford Sabastian Community Development - $52,738

* Universal Housing Development Corp. - $52,738

* Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corp. - $52,738

California

* Desert Alliance for Community of Empowerment - $112,000

* Redwood Community Action Agency, Inc. - $70,000

* Desert Alliance for Community of Empowerment - $36,168

* Self-Help Enterprises - $77,000

* Yurok Indian Housing Authority - $56,000

* Nevada County - $70,000

* Round Valley Indian Housing Authority - $84,000

* Habitat for Humanity Lake County, CA, Inc. - $70,000

* Mercy Housing CA - $70,000

* County of Fresno - $70,000

Colorado

* Huerfano/Las Animas Area Council of Governments - $38,709

* Carbondale Senior Housing Corporation- $38,000

Connecticut

* Rebuilding Together of Litchfield County- $25,000

* The Access Agency - $25,000

Delaware

* Kent County Levy Court - $50,000

Florida

* Leon County - $100,000

Georgia

* Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, Inc. - $176,569

* Middle Georgia Community Action Agency, Inc. - $176,569

Hawaii

* Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council - $72,144

Idaho

* Community Action Partnership - $67,851

Illinois

* Western IL Regional Council - $75,000

* Two Rivers Regional Council - $51,000

* Wabash Area Development, Inc. - $73,800

* Shawnee Development Council, Inc. - $55,673

Indiana

* Community Action of E. Central Indiana-Wayne County - $23,000

* Community Action of E. Central Indiana-Fayette/Union - $23,000

* Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corp./Orange County - $22,000

* Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corp./Town of Milltown - $22,000

* Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corp./Washington County - $22,000

* Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission - $21,745

* Northeast Indiana Housing Partnership-Several Counties - $21,745

* Southern Indiana Development Commission/City of Bicknell - $20,745

* Southern Indiana Development Commission/Town of Sanborn - $20,745

Iowa

* Region XII Council of Governments - $61,185

* South Central Iowa CAP, Inc. - $61,185

* Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund - $61,185

Kansas

* Coffey County Housing Authority - $51,500

* South Central Kansas Economic Development District - $50,000

* Homestead Affordable Housing, Inc. - $50,000

Kentucky

* Purchase Area Housing Corp. - $159,000

* LKLP Community Action Council - $60,000

* City of Cadiz - $77,000

* Kentucky Mountain Housing Development Corp. - $91,518

Louisiana

* St. Landry Parish CAA- $144,744

* Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans - $144,744

Maine

* Washington-Hancock CAP-$30,000

* Community Concepts, Inc. - $30,000

* Western Maine Community Action - $23,400

Maryland

* Shore Up! Inc. - $40,181

* Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. - $40,181

Massachusetts

* Pioneer Valley Planning Commission - $36,402

* Plymouth Redevelopment Authority - $18,208

* Hilltown Community Development Corp. - $18,208

Michigan

* Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency/Alpena - $25,207

* Crawford County Home Improvement Program - $25,207

* Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency/Iosco - $25,414

* Oscoda County Housing Commission - $25,207

* Arenac County Housing Commission - $25,207

* Ogemaw County Board of Commissioners - $35,207

* Cheboygan County - $50,000

* Presque Isle County - $35,207

* Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency - $25,207

Minnesota

* Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency - $76,390

* Douglas County HRA - $76,390

Mississippi

* Greater Greenville Housing & Revitalization Association - $125,000

* The FI & ED Association, Inc. - $99,750

* Quitman County Development Organization - $100,000

Missouri

* East Missouri Action Agency, Inc. - $112,325

* North East Community Action Corporation - $50,000

* West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, Inc. - $100,000

Montana

* City of Baker - $28,309

* Whitefish Housing Authority - $28,309

* Northern Rocky Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Area Inc. - $25,000

* Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana - $25,000

Nebraska

* Community Action Parntership of Western Nebraska - $32,556

* Goldenrod Hills Community Action, Inc. - $32,556

Nevada

* Yerington Paiute Tribal Housing Authority - $50,000

* Moapa Indian Housing Authority - $50,000

New Hampshire

* Southwestern Community Services - $50,000

* Tri-County Community Action Program - $50,000

New Jersey

* County of Gloucester - $55,000

* County of Hunterdon - $55,000

New Mexico

* Habitat for Humanity of Taos, Inc. - $65,614

* Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation - $65,614

New York

* Bishop Sheen - $90,000

* Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. - $85,000

* City of Norwich - $80,000

North Carolina

* Richmond County - $90,000

* Mountain Projects Inc. - $90,000

* Martin Community Action, Inc. - $90,000

* Town of Selma- $90,000

* County of Brunswick - $90,000

North Dakota

* Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians - $50,000

* Red River Regional Council - $50,000

Ohio

* Vinton County Commissioners - $104,000

* CAP Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency - $65,000

* CAP Washington-Morgan Counties - $100,000

* Jackson-Vinton Community Action - $46,058

Oklahoma

* Cherokee Nation - $43,765

* Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma - $43,000

* Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency/Kansas, Okla. - $43,765

* Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency/Jay, Okla. - $43,765

* Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma - $43,765

* Little Dixie Community Action Agency - $43,765

Oregon

* Community Action Team Services Consortium - $64,975

* Umpqua Community Development Corporation - $64,975

Pennsylvania

* Housing Authority of the County of Butler - $100,000

* Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette - $150,000

* County of Greene - $86,701

Puerto Rico

* Municipality of San German - $44,957

* Municipality of Rio Grande - $44,957

* Municipality of Humacao - $44,957

* Municipality of Moca - $44,957

* Municipality of Coamo - $44,957

* Municipality of Caguas - $44,957

* Municipality of Villalba - $44,957

* Ceiba Housing - $44,957

* Municipality of Ceiba - $44,957

* Municipality of Yauco - $44,957

Rhode Island

* State of Rhode Island - $50,000

South Carolina

* United Methodist Relief Center - $94,654

* Beaufort Jasper Economic Opportunity Commission - $41,000

* Town of Cheraw - $40,000

* SC Uplift Community Outreach - $35,000

* His Hands of Horry County - $35,000

South Dakota

* Neighborhood Housing Service of the Black Hills - $54,518

Tennessee

* Pickett County - $80,000

* City of Coalmont - $50,000

* Southwest Tennessee Development District - $100,000

* Mountain TOP - $80,000

* Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity - $69,446

Texas

* Community Services, Inc. (Henderson, Kaufman Smith, Van Zandt) - $90,000

* Community Services, Inc. (Collin, Denton, Hunt, Rockwall) - $54,000

* Community Council of Southwest Texas - $276,000

* County of Webb - $100,000

* Refugio County- $100,000

* The Village of Vinton - $78,151

Utah

* Unitah Basin Association of Governments -$50,000

Vermont

* Vermont Center for Independent Living - $50,000

* Southeastern Vermont Community Action - $50,000

Virginia

* Piedmont Housing Alliance - $82,914

* Cumberland Plateau Regional Housing Authority - $80,000

* Help with Housing, Inc. - $80,000

Washington

* The Opportunity Council - $99,606

* Community Action Center Inc. - $59,567

West Virginia

* Southern Appalachian Labor School - $72,000

* Randolph County Affordable Housing & Development Corp. - $88,000

* SAFE Housing & Economic Development, Inc. - $66,889

Wisconsin

* Couleecap, Inc. - $85,522

* Neighborhood Housing Services of Richland County - $85,522

Wyoming

* Northwest Community Action Programs of Wyoming - $50,000

Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and 500 state and local offices. 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. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.

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