Volume 51, Number 43

fourteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, October 23, 2014

Applications for grants to repair rural housing

Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack announced today that
USDA is accepting applications
for grants to help lowand
very-low-income rural
residents repair their homes.
“Housing is a cornerstone
of any thriving, stable community,”
Vilsack said. “As the
Obama administration works
to ensure that people remain
in their homes, it is more important
than ever to make
certain their homes are safe,
energy efficient, livable
dwellings.”
Housing Preservation
Grants are provided to intermediaries
such as town or
county governments, public
agencies, federally recognized
Indian Tribes, and nonprofit
and faith-based organizations.
The grants are distributed
to homeowners or
owners of multi-family rental
properties or cooperative
dwellings who rent to lowand
very-low-income people.
Grants can be used to
weatherize and repair existing
structures, install or improve
plumbing or provide
access to people with disabilities.
For example, the Gateway
Community Action
Agency used a USDA Rural
Development Housing Preservation
grant in 2008 to make
accessibility, weatherization
and other improvements to
William Reed’s home in Owingsville,
Ky. Gateway added
insulation, weather stripping,
seals around doors and windows,
an energy-saving
shower head and more efficient
light bulbs.
USDA may award up to
$10 million in competitive
grants through this notice.
The grants to be awarded are
part of USDA Rural Development’s
annual budget and are
not funded through the American
Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009.
Applications are due by the
close of business July 10,
2009. Applications may be accessed
electronically at
http://www.grants.gov. For
application assistance in Tennessee
contact the USDA
Rural Development State Office
in Nashville at 800-342-
3149 or for your nearest Area
Office--USDA Rural DevelopmentCookeville
Area Office -
931-528-6539, ext. 2 Serving
Cannon, Clay, Cumberland,
DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson,
Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam,
Smith, VanBuren, Warren,
White Counties

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