U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Dr. Tom Carew today announced the availability of grants to help people repair their homes that were damaged by historic flooding and other destructive weather in 2022.
The homes must be located in Presidentially declared disaster areas. People living in 26 Kentucky counties are eligible for the funding.
“Destructive weather like the historic flooding that impacted Eastern Kentucky destroyed homes and further exacerbated the affordable housing crisis in the region,” said Carew. “That’s why the Biden-Harris administration and USDA stand ready to help thousands across rural Kentucky access the resources they need to rebuild their homes, their communities and their lives. We do this work because we know that rural America is home to millions of people who make up America’s spirit and character.”
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:
- pay for home repair expenses that were a result of a Presidentially declared disasters in calendar year 2022.
- prepare a site for a manufactured home.
- relocate a manufactured home.
To be eligible:
- applicants must have household incomes that do not exceed the low-limits based on their household size and county.
- homes must be located in an eligible rural area.
- homes must be located in a 2022 Presidentially declared disaster areas.
Residents in the following counties may be eligible for the funding:
- Boyd County
- Breathitt County
- Carter County
- Casey County
- Christian County
- Clay County
- Cumberland County
- Floyd County
- Green County
- Harlan County
- Johnson County
- Knott County
- Lawrence County
- Lee County
- Leslie County
- Letcher County
- Lincoln County
- Magoffin County
- Martin County
- Owsley County
- Perry County
- Pike County
- Powell County
- Taylor County
- Whitley County
- Wolfe County
For more information on how to apply, contact Rural Development Kentucky’s Single-Family Housing team at 859-224-7322 or visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-page/kentucky-contacts.
The Biden-Harris administration championed the bill known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2023 that made this funding possible.
In the coming weeks and months, USDA expects to announce additional funding availability under the bill to help rural people in presidentially declared disaster areas who were impacted by natural disasters in 2022.
With this additional funding, eligible organizations will be able to help rural people repair and improve their homes. The additional funding will also help rural communities fund repairs to water infrastructure and essential community facilities.
Additional resources to support rural communities seeking disaster assistance are available at https://www.rd.usda.gov/page/rural-development-disaster-assistance.
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.