BY KELLY MADSEN | IOWA ENERGY CENTER
The USDA has recently awarded Housing Preservation Grants (HPG) to intermediaries in 45 states, allowing for housing repairs and improvements in rural communities for limited-income residents. Funds can be used for general building repairs or energy efficiency projects.
Funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant program. Intermediaries such as local governments, public agencies, federally-recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit, faith-based, and community organizations were selected to distribute grants to homeowners and owners of multiple family rental properties who rent to low-income residents.
In Iowa, Charles City Area Development Corporation and South Central Iowa Community Action Program were selected and will each receive $18,915 to make home repairs or energy efficient updates in local rural communities for qualified low-income residents.