The before-after of a house in Utuado that was repaired with USDA funding.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Assistant Under Secretary for Rural Development, Justin Maxson, announced that the agency is seeking grants to repair housing for low- and very-low-income rural residents.
Grants are provided through the USDA Housing Preservation Grants program.
Luis R. García, acting director of state for Puerto Rico, said eligible candidates include municipalities, government agencies, nonprofits and faith-based organizations.
Last year, USDA Rural awarded $ 695,148 and helped repair 136 homes. Unlike other federal agencies, the participant does not need to have title deed. They only need to provide three sworn statements from as many people confirming that they have been in the property as the owner for 10 years or more.
The USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program, García added.
Paper pre-applicants must be filed by 5 p.m. on July 19 at the State Rural Development Office. Electronic pre-applicants must be submitted at the same time and date.