LINCOLN, Neb., April 19, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Nebraska State Director Kate Bolz today announced the availability of grants for organizations to help people repair homes they own or rent that were damaged by storms and fire in calendar year 2022. The homes must be located in eligible rural areas and presidentially declared disaster areas.
“The Biden-Harris Administration and USDA stand ready to deploy every resource at our disposal to help families and individuals rebuild their lives and their communities,” Bolz said. “The assistance I'm announcing today will help make sure people who have been impacted by natural disasters in calendar year 2022 can maintain their homes and their roots in rural Nebraska.”
The grants are being made available through supplemental disaster funding under the Housing Preservation Grants program. Organizations may apply to receive up to $50,000 to help people make repairs to their homes that were damaged by natural disasters in calendar year 2022.
Eligible organizations include state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes and nonprofits. The organizations may use the funds to provide grants or low-interest loans to repair or rehabilitate housing for low- and very low-income residents. For example, funds may be used to:
- Repair or replace electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, insulation, heating systems and water/waste disposal systems.
- Support accessibility features.
- Purchase construction materials.
- Finance administrative expenses up to 20%.
Funds may be used in the following presidentially declared disaster areas: Antelope, Boone, Burt, Cedar, Cuming, Custer, Dixon, Frontier, Furnas, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Knox, Logan, Pierce, Polk, Red Willow, Sherman, Thurston, Valley, Wayne, Wheeler, and York Counties.
Applications must be submitted by June 5, 2023 via Grants.gov or directly to the Rural Development State Office. For more information on how to apply, contact the Nebraska team at SM.RD.NE.SFHQST@usda.gov or (402) 437-5551 or visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/ne.
The Biden-Harris Administration championed the bill known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, that made this funding possible. Funds will remain available until expended.
In the coming 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 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. To subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.
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