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San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 14, 2022 – USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants to help owners of rental housing repair and rehabilitate their units, if they make them available for low- and very-low-income rural residents. USDA is providing the funding through the Housing Preservation Grant program.
Eligible applicants include state or municipal governments, public agencies and nonprofit and faith-based organizations.
USDA encourages applicants to consider projects that will advance the following key priorities:
- Assisting rural communities recover economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly disadvantaged communities.
- Ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and benefits from RD-funded projects; and,
- Reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.
Luis R. Garcia, Acting State Director for USDA Rural Development Puerto Rico indicated the Agency does not provide funding directly to individual homeowners under this program.
Paper pre-applications are due by 4:30 p.m. local time on July 11, 2022, at the Rural Development office that provides service where the project will be located. Electronic pre-applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, July 11, 2022. For a list of offices, visit the state office website.
See page 31976 of the May 26, 2022, Federal Register for additional information.
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