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200 USDA-Funded Projects Create Economic Opportunity in Underserved Rural and Native American Communities

David Rush
Hilo HI
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USDA Provided a $75K Housing Preservation Grant for the Federated States of Micronesia  

HILO, HAWAII December 13, 2023 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Farah Ahmad announced more than 200 projects to improve infrastructure, housing and economic conditions for underserved rural and Native American communities. These projects are funded by an $81 million investment from USDA.

Included in these investments is more than $19 million to help low-income and very low-income residents in every part of the country to repair and rehabilitate their homes.

Chris Kanazawa, Hawaii/Western Pacific State Director, stated, “For many residents maintaining a home with the basic features of comfortable shelter and safe water and electrical service is often unaffordable. Programs like the Housing Preservation Grant, which was provided to Kosrae, FSM, supported basic repairs to improve living conditions for their residents with extremely limited income.”

  • $75,000 Housing Preservation Grant: This Rural Development investment was used to assist very low-income homeowners, which entailed a variety of home repairs and improvement projects for owner-occupied homes in Kosrae. For one home, funds were used to repair the roof, ceiling and room partitions. For another home funds were used for exterior concrete walls, columns, roof beam, and roof slab, new doors and windows and electrical improvements.

The investments are part of President Biden’s commitment to advance equity for all, including those who have been historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.

USDA is making investments in several programs specifically designed to bring federal funding and resources to people and communities in underserved rural areas. The projects will benefit hundreds of thousands of people in 42 states, Puerto Rico and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Investments are being made through these programs: Water and Waste Facility Loans and Grants to Alleviate Health Risks for ColoniasWater and Waste Facility Loans and Grants to Alleviate Health Risks on Tribal LandsDelta Health Care GrantsSocially Disadvantaged Groups Grants, Housing Preservation GrantsRural and Native Alaskan Village Grants, Tribal College Initiative Grants and Appalachian Regional Commission Grants, which USDA administers as part of a Memorandum of Understanding.

New Web Resources for Rural Communities

USDA Rural Development today also unveiled two new web resources that underscore the agency’s mission to ensure all people have equitable access to federal programs.

A new history webpage traces USDA Rural Development’s evolution from the Great Depression and New Deal to the present, highlighting the many ways the agency supports efforts to create prosperity in rural communities.

One of the agency’s more recent initiatives, the Rural Partners Network (RPN), has brought together a coalition of 24 federal agencies that offer programs and funding designed specifically for rural communities.

A new feature on Rural.gov makes it easier to find these federal resources in one place. The Find Programs and Opportunities tool includes hundreds of millions of dollars in financing and technical assistance opportunities that are easy to search, filter and find.

The information will help people in rural areas access funding for a variety of business, health care, housing, community and economic development needs.

Under the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov. To subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit the GovDelivery subscriber page


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