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USDA Rural Development Increases Home Repair Grant Limits in Response to Montana Flood Disasters

Name
Jamie Welch Jaro
Phone
City
Bozeman, MT
Release Date
Sep 12, 2022

BOZEMAN, Mont., Sept. 12, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Kathleen Williams announced today increased grant limits available to homeowners needing to make important repairs to their homes. As a result of the Presidentially declared Yellowstone flood disaster impacting Montana, grant limits have increased from $10,000 to $36,520 in Carbon, Flathead, Park, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure and Yellowstone Counties.

“Many Montanans suffered significant personal and economic losses from this flood event,” said Williams. “True to Montanans’ nature, neighbors and communities pulled together to help, and we at Montana Rural Development are honored to be able to offer this enhanced assistance for homeowners that may need it the most.”

Funding is available through Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Home Repair Loan and Grant (Home Repair) program that helps income-eligible homeowners in rural communities make health and safety repairs to their homes.

Increased grant limits are only available until June 16, 2023, then grant limits will return to $10,000. To access the full increased amount, homeowners must apply by this date. In addition, one percent loans up to $40,000 are also available to assist with repairs and other home improvements.

Applicants for the Home Repair program must:

  • Own and occupy their home located in a rural area. All listed counties are considered eligible areas except for the City of Billings.
  • Have a household income at or below the county’s very low limit. For a family of four, the maximum income limits are: $39,700 in Flathead, Sweet Grass and Treasure Counties; $41,350 in Park County; $42,300 in Carbon, Stillwater and Yellowstone Counties.
  • Grant applicants must be age 62 or older, however there are no age restrictions on loan applicants.

For more information on this program or to apply, contact Kelvin Schanaman of USDA Rural Development Montana at (406) 371-2550.

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 http://www.rd.usda.gov/mt. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit the GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.