Are there homes in your area that require efficiency work? Apply for a housing preservation grant!

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Mattson/Norberg pioneer home on the Isanti County Fairgrounds | Photo by BlackDogsPhoto on Flickr

This 1870s pioneer home is on the Isanti County Fairgrounds, and would definitely need some fixing up if it were going to be a single family home. There are plenty of lived-in homes in rural Minnesota in need of improvements.

If you serve limited-income rural homeowners who need to make necessary repairs and improvements to make their homes safer, healthier, and more energy-efficient (or know folks who fits this description), then keep reading.

USDA Rural Development has just over $50,000 available through the federal Housing Preservation Grant Program (HPG) for projects in Minnesota. Examples of grant uses include installing or improving plumbing, accessibility, weatherization, and repairing existing structures.

HPGs are awarded to intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes and non-profit or faith-based organizations. The grants are then distributed to qualified homeowners or owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low-income and very-low income residents. In other words, funding is not provided directly to homeowners under this program.

Applications are due June 25, 2012, to the state office in St. Paul. More information can be found in the federal register.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Stephanie Vergin.

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