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USDA Investment Helps Support Homeowners Impacted by Drought

Sarah Marquart
Release Date
Dec 22, 2014

Despite recent wet weather, many Californians are still suffering from the effects of the state's drought— some even have wells that are going dry.  USDA Rural Development recently provided Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) with a $254,000 grant to help low-income homeowners repair or replace their domestic wells.

"This drought has been devastating to folks all across the state," said USDA Rural Development California State Director Glenda Humiston.  "These funds are just one step USDA is taking to help ensure those living in our rural communities have the resources they need to access to clean, safe drinking water."
RCAC will use the grant to provide low-interest loans to homeowners living in rural areas with populations up to 50,000 and earning $62,883 or less.  Funding from USDA Rural Development was made available through the Household Water Well System Grant program.

“The drought has had a huge impact on folks with private wells.  We are very pleased to work with USDA to finance the replacement of failed wells and help mitigate the drought’s impact,” said Stanley Keasling, RCAC’s chief executive officer.

Interested applicants should contact Cyndy Elliott with RCAC at celliott@rcac.org or (209) 576-0430.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, offers programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.