Grant to impact local rural housing

A local organization is one of many across the country to receive funding from the United States Department of Agriculture through the Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant program.

Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. in Dunkirk received $36,000 from the Housing Preservation Grant.

COI Executive Director Roberta Keller said the grant will be used for six rural units outside of the city of Dunkirk and Jamestown, fixing health and safety issues and code violations.

The USDA announced in a press release Tuesday that participants in 45 states will receive grants to make housing repairs and improve conditions for limited income rural residents. Funding is being provided to local governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit, faith-based and community organizations. The funds are then distributed to homeowners and owners of multi-family rental properties with residents who have low or very-low incomes.

Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien said in a press release that the USDA has developed partnerships with various organizations to improve the living conditions for thousands of residents in the rural area.

“Providing safe, reliable housing to rural residents is key to maintaining stable communities and creating jobs,” O’Brien said.

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