USDA seeks applications for grants to improve the quality of rural
can be used to install or improve plumbing, provide access to people
with disabilities, weatherize and repair homes in rural communities
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[May 14, 2012]
CHAMPAIGN -- Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack announced last week that applications for grants are being
accepted from public and nonprofit organizations to help low- and
very low-income rural residents repair their homes. USDA does not
provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.
"These grants help limited-income rural homeowners make necessary
repairs and improvements for safer, healthier and more
energy-efficient dwellings," Vilsack said. "I strongly encourage all
eligible organizations to apply for this funding."
USDA Rural Development is offering funds from the Housing
Preservation Grant program to intermediaries such as town or county
governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes,
and nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Funds are then
distributed as grants or loans to qualified homeowners or owners of
multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to
low- and very low-income residents.
Funds can be used to weatherize and repair existing structures,
install or improve plumbing, or provide access to people with
disabilities. The grants help bring job growth and stability to
low-income communities while improving the living conditions of
Last year USDA Rural Development awarded Housing Preservation
Grant funding to the Western Illinois Regional Council, serving
Fulton, Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties; Southeastern
Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission, serving Saline
and Hardin counties; Crosswalk Community Action Agency, serving
Franklin County; and Shawnee Development Council, serving Alexander,
Hardin and Pulaski counties. The grants totaled $215,243 and are
leveraging another $871,000 in funds from state and local resources
to help low-income homeowners make needed repairs and renovations.
"This funding not only helps homeowners, it benefits the
community as well," said Colleen Callahan, Illinois state director
for Rural Development. "Homes in good repair help to preserve
property values and ensure the availability of respectable housing
in rural communities."
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For fiscal 2012, USDA may award up to $4.1 million in competitive
grants through the
Preservation Grant program. Applications are due June 25, 2012.
For information on how to apply, see Page
27179 of the May 9 Federal Register or click on this link
Interested organizations in Illinois can contact Brenda Barr, rural
development specialist, at 217-403-6225.
Rural Development has more than 40 programs that foster growth
and economic stability in rural areas by providing affordable
financing and technical assistance. Support is available for
regional food systems, broadband and biofuel infrastructure,
homeownership, business development, and community needs. More
information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at
[Text from file received from USDA,