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Housing projects get USDA grant

By Staff | Sep 9, 2016

USDA Rural Development State Director Ryan Taylor and N.D. Senators John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Agriculture Appropriations Committee, and Heidi Heitkamp on Wednesday announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded two grants totaling $140,000 for the repair and rehabilitation of low-income housing in rural North Dakota. The Souris Basin Planning Council and the Turtle Mountain Housing authority have each received $70,000, made available through the USDA’s Housing Preservation Grant program.

“Access to affordable housing is a vital part of our communities’ quality of life and long-term growth,” Hoeven said. “These grants will help maintain the housing supply in Pierce County and the Turtle Mountain Reservation, ensuring safe and affordable homes for families in these regions.”

Heitkamp said: “For too many rural families, particularly those with lower incomes, home repairs and updates are often out of reach. When badly needed maintenance goes unaddressed families can end up facing more costly repairs down the road, or risk living in unsafe conditions. North Dakota families deserve better and this federal funding will help make sure folks in rural communities can make the repairs they need to preserve a safe place to call home.”

Funding may be used to resolve health or safety issues, make accessibility modifications for people with disabilities, make energy efficiency improvements to reduce utility costs, or modernize properties. Eligible recipients include local governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, nonprofit organizations and faith-based and community groups. These entities then 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 has provided $826,000 in Housing Preservation Grants since 2009 in North Dakota. These grants have been leveraged with $2.6 million to repair and rehabilitate nearly 200 homes and apartments in rural communities. To learn more about USDA programs, please call (701) 530-2037 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/nd.

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