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USDA Announces $108,848 to Repair Rural Housing in Pennsylvania

Dawn Bonsell
Release Date
Dec 04, 2014

USDA Announces $108,848 to Repair Rural Housing in Pennsylvania

Funding will remove health and safety hazards, make homes more energy efficient

   HARRISBURG, P.A., Dec. 4, 2014 – USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams announced today that USDA is investing $108,848 to help rural families repair and rehabilitate their homes. “Many lower-income rural families have difficulty meeting their daily living expenses and often don’t have the ability to set money aside for housing upkeep and maintenance,” Williams said.  “This USDA program provides grants for repairs such as the removal of health or safety hazards so rural residents can stay in their homes.  In addition to preserving housing, this program can help people lower their housing costs through energy efficiency and weatherization improvements.”

   USDA is making assistance available through the Housing Preservation Grant program. The Department provides financing to intermediaries such as local governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, non-profit organizations, and faith-based and community groups.  These recipients distribute the grants to homeowners and owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents.  Funds are not provided directly to homeowners.

      In Pennsylvania, Armstrong County and the Butler County Housing and Redevelopment Authority are both receiving a $54,424 Housing Preservation Grant to help up to 12 very-low income families rehabilitate and repair their homes. Funding is contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of their grant agreement.

   Since the start of the Obama Administration, USDA has provided more than $43 million in Housing Preservation Grants that have leveraged almost $153 million to repair and rehabilitate nearly 11,000 homes and apartments in rural communities.

  President Obama’s historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger.  Under his leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.