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USDA is Seeking Applications for Grants to Help Repair Housing in Rural Communities

Erin McDuff
Release Date

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents.

Under the Housing Preservation Grant Program, USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners. Instead, the sponsoring organization receiving the grant helps to repair housing for low-income rural residents. Rental property owners may also receive assistance with rehabilitating housing complexes if they agree to make the repaired units available to low-income families.

Housing Preservation Grants may be used to resolve health or safety issues, improve accessibility, or make energy efficiency improvements to lower utility costs.

Town and county governments, public agencies, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply.

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 8, 2019. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to the USDA Rural Development state office:

          USDA Rural Development
          ATTN: Faith Harris, Multi-Family Housing Specialist
          1220 SW 3rd Avenue
          Suite 1801
          Portland, OR 97204

For additional information, including details on how to apply, see page 24076 of the May 24, 2019, Federal Register.

Questions related to USDA Multi-Family Housing programs in Oregon may be directed to a local Multi-Family Housing Specialist. Those with project proposals outside of Oregon should contact USDA Rural Development in the corresponding state.