WALLINGFORD, Conn. -- Federal dollars are available to help Connecticut homeowners after March storm damage with loans of up to $20,000 with a 1 percent interest rate through the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Housing Programs. Grants up to $7,500 could help certain seniors with repairs.
Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants are funded directly by the federal government. These loans and grants are available to assist people who live in rural communities with a population of 20,000 or fewer. Applicants’ income levels are also a factor in determining eligibility for these loans and grants, which are not limited to disaster-related expenses.
"A safe, affordable home is more than a roof over our heads," said Michael Parker, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s recovery efforts in Connecticut. "Sometimes it is the means of access to good jobs, schools and other public services."
Both the loan and grant programs provide funds to make major repairs or renovations such as removing electrical and fire hazards, replacing roofing, installing or improving water and waste-water disposal systems, and installing insulation and heating and cooling systems. Applicants may qualify for a combined total of $27,500 in grants and loans.
Rural homeowners with a house needing repairs, or modifications to make it accessible to a person with a disability, also may be eligible for home improvement or repair assistance through USDA Rural Development.
For additional information, contact USDA Rural Development, 238 West Town Street, Norwich, CT 06360; phone 860-859-5218, ext. 201; or 100 Northfield Drive, Suite 2, Windsor, CT; phone: 860-688-7725. ext. 4; TDD 413-253-4590; or on the web www.rurdev.usda.gov/ma.
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