Morgantown, WV – May 11, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Rural Development Acting State Director Dianne Crysler announces the soliciting of competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. The HPG program is a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private non-profit organizations (which may include, but not be limited to, faith-based and community organizations) and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas.
In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons.
The closing deadline for receipt of all applications in response to this notice is 5 PM July 10, 2009. For Fiscal Year 2009, over $10 million is available for this program nationwide. The term of the grant can vary from one to two years, depending on available funds and demand.
Further information and application guidelines may be found in today’s Federal Register at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-10645.htm. You may also find information on USDA Rural Development’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov, by contacting your local USDA Rural Development (www.rurdev.usda.gov/wv) or by calling Penny Thaxton, Housing Specialist, at (304) 372-6231, extension 105.
Rural Development serves as the lead Federal entity for rural development needs and administers program assistance through its housing, business & cooperative programs, utilities and community programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202.720.2600 (voice and TDD).