Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding To Improve Rural Housing
Recipients Include Public Agencies, Private Non-profit Organizations, Tribes, and Owners of Rental and Cooperative Housing
SELMA, Ala., - October 28, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today selected recipients in 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for grants to make critical repairs and improve housing conditions for low- and very-low-income rural residents. Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Doug O'Brien announced the recipients today on Secretary Vilsack's behalf while attending a local Farm Bill listening session in Selma, Ala.
"Providing safe housing to rural residents is a key to maintaining stable communities and creating jobs," Vilsack said. "Across America, USDA works in partnership with Tribes, community organizations and non-profit groups to improve living conditions for thousands of rural residents."
The support Vilsack is announcing today is being provided through USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grants program. Funds are provided to intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and 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.
Grants may be used to make general repairs, such as installing or improving plumbing or providing or enhancing access to people with disabilities. Funds may also be used to weatherize and make homes more energy efficient.
For example, Western Illinois Regional Council, a community action agency, will use a $75,000 Rural Development grant along with more than $476,000 in state funds to help up to 17 very-low-income households in a four-county area make repairs to reduce energy use.
A $58,582 grant to the Coquille Indian Housing Authority will help replace 54 wind- and water-damaged roofs on the homes of low-income residents in Oregon's Coos County. The entire project, which will cost more than $860,000, leverages funding from the Coquille Indian Tribe and other agencies over the next two years.
In another effort, the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council will use a $159,185 Rural Development grant and $135,408 from other government and private sources to help up to 30 very-low-income families rehabilitate their homes in a12-county area.
The following is a complete list of recipients. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement.
Community Service Program of West Alabama – $158,960
Organized Community Action Program, Inc. – $122,475
Fort Bend Community Revitalization Projects – $200,000
Panhandle Community Services – $160,000
State of Utah, Division of Housing and Community Development – $50,000
Uintah Basin Association of Governments – $50,000
Central Vermont Community Land Trust – $50,000
Champlain Housing Loan Fund – $50,000
Gilman Housing Trust, Inc. – $83,306
Northeast Employment and Training – $83,306
Southeastern Vermont Community Action – $50,000
Vermont Center for Independent Living – $83,306
Piedmont Housing Alliance – $218,998
Lummi Nation Housing Authority – $71,750
Opportunity Council – $71,750
Community Resources, Inc. – $50,000
Housing Authority of Wayne County – $75,000
Southern Appalachian Labor School – $72,000
Chippewa County Housing Authority – $77,000
Couleecap, Inc. – $77,102
Northwest Community Action Programs of Wyoming, Inc. – $50,000
Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities. From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council – chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – the President wants the federal government to be the best possible partner for rural businesses and entrepreneurs creating job opportunities and for people who want to live, work, and raise their families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $155 billion in affordable loans and loan guarantees. 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.
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