Housing preservation grant applications are now available at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office in Jackson.
Eligible entities for these competitively awarded grants include state and local governments or non-profit corporations.
Housing preservation grant funds are issued as grants to state and local governments or non-profit organizations to be used to repair or rehabilitate individual housing, rental properties, or co-ops owned and/or occupied by very-low and low-income rural persons.
Grant recipients will provide eligible homeowners, owners of rental properties, and owners of cooperatives with financial assistance through loans, grants, interest reduction payments or other comparable financial assistance for necessary repairs and rehabilitation.
Last year, Missouri was able to provide housing preservation assistance in the amount of $237,360 to five agencies, which in turn provided assistance to approximately 88 households.
2002 recipients included East Missouri Action Agency, receiving $71,000; Northeast Community Action Corporation, receiving $40,360; Independent Living Center, receiving $15,000; West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, receiving $66,000; and Green Hills Community Action Agency, receiving $45,000.
For more information or to apply, contact Randal D. Friend, community development manager at USDA Rural Development, 480 W. Jackson Trail, Jackson, Mo. 63755; 243-3158 extension 4. Pre-applications will be accepted until March 27.