Story last updated at 5/16/2012 - 12:09 pm
ANCHORAGE - U.S.Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund announced applications for grants are being accepted to provide assistance to low and very low income rural residents to repair their homes.
USDA Rural Development is offering Housing Preservation Grants to intermediaries such as city and borough governments; public agencies; federally recognized Indian Tribes; and non- profit and faith-based organizations. The grants are then distributed to qualified homeowners or owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low and very low income residents. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.
Grants can be used to weatherize and repair existing structures, install or improve plumbing or provide access to people with disabilities. Housing Preservation Grants help bring job growth and stability to low-income communities while improving the living conditions of rural Americans.
For fiscal year 2012, USDA may award up to $4.1 million in competitive grants through the Housing Preservation Grant program. Applications are due June 25, 2012. For more information on how to apply, please see page 27179 of the May 9, 2012 Federal Register or see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-09/html/2012-11036.htm
For more information, visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov, or contact Cynthia Jackson at (907) 761-7723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.