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USDA home repair grants available

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USDA Rural Development has grant funds available statewide for very-low income homeowners for home repair to correct or remove existing health, safety, sanitary and accessibility issues.

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Grants up to $7,500 may be available to eligible households. This program is available to eligible elderly homeowners living in rural areas and small towns.

Dan Labat, area director for USDA Rural Development announced that there is a narrow window of opportunity to receive these funds. Interested persons may apply at any time for this program, but funding may become limited after January.

Staff at USDA Rural Development will be available to explain this program and assist with applications. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must own and occupy their home and be age 62 or older.

In order to receive a grant, USDA must determine that the household is unable to repay a loan, and the repairs must be for eligible purposes. There are also limits on the amount of household assets one can own.

"The homeowner would use the grant funds to hire licensed contractors to repair the home by removing health and safety hazards or to make the dwelling accessible for occupants with a disability," said Labat.

For more information, contact the Alexandria Rural Development office at (320) 763-3191 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn.

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