HUD No. 04-065
(202) 708-0685 ext. 7527
July 8, 2004
BUSH ADMINISTRATION AWARDS ALMOST $800,000 TO BOOST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB GROWTH IN RURAL NORTH CAROLINA
Funds will help produce affordable housing in North Carolina
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Alphonso Jackson today announced $799,580 in grants
to help North Carolina rural communities stimulate local economies, produce more affordable housing and boost job growth. The funding is provided through HUD's Rural Housing and Economic Development Program (see attached
In addition, similar
grants nationwide are expected to generate nearly $48 million from other public
sources to further promote economic development and employment.
investment in rural America demonstrates that this Administration's commitment
to our nation's heartland is strong," said Jackson. "These grants will
help rural communities across North Carolina produce affordable housing
and jobs where they're needed most."
Rural Housing and Economic Development grants help pay for land acquisition, new home construction, housing demolition, infrastructure improvements and construction training. Other possible uses include homeownership and financial counseling; financial assistance to homeowners, businesses and developers; creating microenterprises and small business incubators; and, establishing lines of credit or revolving loan pools to benefit the local business community.
non-profit organizations, federally recognized Native American tribes, community
and state agencies will administer these grants. The funding will help 105 rural communities to build and improve affordable housing, create jobs and generate community and economic development (see attached list).
communities will use this funding as seed money to pay the start-up costs for
housing or economic
development projects. These grants will also help organizations to hire and train their staffs, develop strategic plans and acquire office space and other needed facilities.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed
to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable
housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly,
people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes
economic and community development as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.
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