BECKLEY, W.Va. – October 7, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural DevelopmentÂ agency has approved $175,600 inÂ housingÂ preservation funds for Greenbrier, Fayette, McDowell and Wyoming Counties.
â€śFixing up a neighbor’s houseÂ is not anÂ investment in four walls, itâ€™s an investmentÂ in all of us,â€ť said Rahall. â€śTheÂ home improvements our local organizationsÂ Â manageÂ Â pay so many dividends to southern West Virginia; it is truly changingÂ Â communities one familyâ€™sÂ Â home at aÂ time. Good housing provides security and a sense of pride for West Virginians.â€ť
The USDA Rural Development grant funding was awarded to housing organizations within each of the four counties. Southern Appalachian Rural Alliance, Inc. (SARA) will receive a $75,000 grant to rehabilitate low-income housing throughout Greenbrier County; the Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) was awarded $30,600 to rehabilitate low income housing in coal camps throughout Fayette County; and the SAFE Housing and Economic Development, Inc. (SHED) was awarded $70,000 to rehabilitate housing in McDowell and Wyoming Counties.
â€śWe do want to thank the Congressman for his support of the housing program,â€ť said John David, Executive Director of SALS. â€śThis particular grant will assist in rehabilitating a number of coal camp houses that are in need of being brought up to code to provide decent affordable housing for deserving West Virginia families.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™re just thrilled to work with Rural Development again and are really excited about being able to repair more homes to help low income families in Greenbrier County,â€ť said Susan Rosshirt, Executive Director of SARA. â€śLast time we received this grant, Congressman Rahall was here to take part in the award ceremony and it was really great to have him here. We really appreciate what he has done for us and what he continues to do.â€ť
â€śWe have received this grant for five years and it has played a vital role in housing rehabilitation in McDowell and Wyoming counties,â€ť explained Sharon Walden, Executive Director of SHED. â€śCongressman Rahall has always been supportive of our work in McDowell County and I canâ€™t say enough what an important role both Congressman Rahall and USDA Rural Development have played in repairing and building housing in southern West Virginia.â€ť
â€śIt is just remarkable to see a house transformed into a home,â€ť said Rahall. â€śI commend the outstanding work being doneÂ by so many dedicated workers and agencies throughout southern West Virginia.â€ť
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