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USDA Makes Grants Available to Help People in Rural Alaska Repair Their Homes Damaged By Storms, Fire, and a Landslide in 2022

Jo Cappeto
Anchorage, AK
Release Date

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Alaska State Director Julia Hnilicka today announced the availability of grants to help people repair their homes that were damaged by natural disasters in 2022.

The homes must be located in presidentially declared disaster areas. People living in the Bering Strait, Denali, Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska-Susitna, and Yukon-Koyukuk regions in Alaska may be eligible for this funding.

“Supporting one another in difficult times is part of the culture of rural Alaska,” Hnilicka said. “The Biden-Harris Administration and Rural Development are ready to help people across affected regions access the resources they need to rebuild their homes and communities.”

The grants are being made available through supplemental disaster funding under the Rural Disaster Home Repair Grant Program. Through this program, people may apply to receive grants of up to $40,675 directly from USDA to repair their homes.

Funds will be available until expended. They may be used to:

  • Disaster related home repair expenses (including costs incurred prior to application)
  • Site preparation
  • The cost to transfer a manufactured home

To be eligible:

  • applicants must have household incomes that do not exceed the low-limits based on their household size and region.
  • homes must be located in an eligible rural area.
  • homes must be located in a Presidentially declared disaster areas 2022.

Residents in the following burroughs may be eligible for the funding:

  • Bering Strait Region, due to Typhoon Merbok
  • Denali, due to wildfires
  • Kenai Peninsula, due to a landslide
  • Matanuska-Susitna, due to a severe storm
  • Yukon-Koyukuk, due to wildfires

For more information, visit: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-programs/single-family-housing-rural-disaster-home-repair-grants.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA 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 https://www.rd.usda.gov/ak