USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Repair Housing In Rural Nebraska Communities

Name
Vicki Schurman
City
Lincoln
State
Nebraska
Release Date
Jun 08, 2015

Nebraska USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul announces that USDA is seeking applications for grants to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents. The grants are being provided through USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant program.

“USDA provides grants to qualified organizations so they can help rural homeowners and rental housing owners make needed repairs and improvements to their housing infrastructure,” said Moul.  “These grants help families with limited incomes preserve their housing and improve their living conditions.  Grants can be used for a variety of needs, such as repairs to resolve health or safety issues or for energy-efficiency improvements to reduce utility costs.”

Eligible applicants for Housing Preservation Grants (HPG) include town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and faith-based organizations. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program. For additional eligibility information, see page 28943 of the May 20, 2015 Federal Register.

USDA is making up to $3.3 million in grants available in Fiscal Year 2015. Pre-applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 6, 2015. Visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/housing-preservation-grants/ne for pre-applications.

Last year, USDA provided Housing Preservation Grants for 107 projects in 46 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. For example, five Midwest states were recipients of HPG funds.  Northwest Colorado Council of Governments received $25,000 to install a second egress from the Golden Eagle Senior Apartments.  In Iowa, Charles City Area Development Corporation received $20,870 to replace furnaces for very-low and low income homeowners. Coffey County Housing Authority in Kansas was awarded $35,199 to assist low and very-low income residents in making essential repairs to 15 homes in Coffey County, KS. Community Services, Incorporated of Nodaway, MO received $25,542 to assist 20 very-low income homeowners make needed repairs or improvements to their existing home in five targeted counties.

For HPG information in Nebraska, contact Multi Family Housing Specialist Sharon Kluck at 402-437-5035 or Sharon.kluck@ne.usda.gov.

President Obama's historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger. Under his leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way - strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities.