USDA Makes Grants Available to Help People in Rural Texas Repair Their Homes Damaged By Fires in 2022
TEXAS, March 23, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Texas State Director Salerno today announced the availability of grants to help people repair their homes that were damaged by fire in 2022.
The homes must be located in presidentially declared disaster areas. People living in Bosque, Eastland, Hood, Somervell and Taylor counties in Texas may be eligible for the funding.
“When an unexpected crisis impacts our lives, it reminds us of our connection to our communities and to the places we call home,” Salerno said. “That’s why the Biden-Harris Administration and USDA stand ready to help hundreds of people across rural Texas 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 Presidentially declared disaster areas 2022.
Residents in the following counties may be eligible for the funding:
Contact your local county office for more information:
John Powell, Area Director
Brownwood Area Office – Brown County 2608 Highway 377 South, Suite A Brownwood, Tx 76801 Phone: (325) 510-3725
John Powell, Area Director
Abilene Area Office – Taylor County 4400 Buffalo Gap Road, Suite 4150 Abilene, Tx 79606 Phone: (325) 201-9840
Bosque, Hood, Somervell Counties
Yolanda Collins, Area Director
Hillsboro Area Office – Hill County 101 Industrial Loop Suite 102 Hillsboro, Tx 76645 Phone: (254) 582-7328
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.
This additional funding will assist eligible organizations help rural people repair and improve their homes. It will also help rural communities repair 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.
Under 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/tx. To subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.
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