AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $9.8 million in grants to repair rural housing and make energy efficiency improvements in 48 states and Puerto Rico. The funds are being awarded through the USDA Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant program.
Housing preservation grants ensure that rural single and multi-family housing stocks are adequate, meet current safety standards and are accessible by individuals with disabilities. Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations, local governments and Native American tribes, who in turn provide loans, grants or loan and grant combinations to eligible applicants.
In Mississippi, grants were awarded to Tunica County Housing Project Inc. ($75,000), Prairie Opportunity Inc. ($75,000), Jefferson County Board of Supervisors ($75,643), FI & ED Association Inc. ($56,000) and South Central Community Action ($50,000).