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Grants Awarded to Preserve Affordable Housing

A $46,021 grant to preserve and repair affordable housing for very-low- and low-income families living in rural areas has been awarded to the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The USDA grant will be used to renovate 13 rural housing units. They can be used to remove health and safety hazards, make homes more energy efficient, and modernize the units. Eligible recipients include federally recognized Indian Tribes, local governments, public agencies, nonprofit organizations and faith-based and community groups. They distribute the grants to homeowners and owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents.

USDA is awarding $3.9 million in Housing Preservation Grants to 107 organizations in every state except Montana and Washington.

The organizations receiving the grants determine which local projects to support.

Funding for all awards is contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of their grant agreement.

Since 2009, $11 billion has been invested to start or expand 103,000 rural businesses; helped 1.1 million rural residents buy homes; funded nearly 9,200 community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care facilities; and helped bring high-speed Internet access to nearly 6 million rural residents and businesses. Also, $31.3 billion has been invested in 963 electric projects that have financed more than 185,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines serving 4.6 million rural residents. For a list of all recipients visit the USDA webpage.
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