NC Nonprofits, Native American Tribes Receive Federal Funding for Rural Housing Improvements

NC Nonprofits, Native American Tribes Receive Federal Funding for Rural Housing Improvements
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October 29, 2015

Three North Carolina organizations have recently received federal grants that will help rural families repair and rehabilitate their homes.

The funds are part of $3.7 million in grants awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Housing Preservation Grant program, which provides funding to bring homes into compliance with health and safety codes, as well as investing in energy efficiency projects.

More than 105 projects in 46 states will receive this federal funding.

The USDA provides financing to local governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, nonprofit organizations and faith-based and community groups. These entities distribute the grants to individual homeowners as well as to owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very low-income residents.

Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity will receive $48,000 and both Gethsemane Baptist Church CDC and the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe will receive $30,936 for various repair and improvement projects.

Since 2008, the USDA has provided almost $47 million in Housing Preservation Grants that have leveraged more than $167 million to repair and rehabilitate 12,000 homes and apartments in rural communities.