USDA Rural Development: Attends Groundbreaking of New Affordable Workforce Housing Project

DARLINGTON, Wisconsin, October 26, 2022 – Julie Lassa, State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), joined representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), WHEDA, Cinnaire, United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS), The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and others at a grand opening on Wednesday to celebrate the completion of The Meadows apartments.

“Affordable housing is vitally important to the quality of life for everyone in our state, including agricultural workers and their families,” Lassa said. “Because Lafayette County is one of Wisconsin’s leading agricultural counties, there is a great need for this type of workforce housing. The partnership with the Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program and Cinnaire Solutions will help address the need for quality, affordable housing to support farm workers and their families in the community. USDA Rural Development, under the Biden-Harris administration, is proud to be part of this project. [Audio: Mp3, 21 seconds, 507KB]

USDA Rural Development’s Direct Off-Farm Labor Housing Loan and Grant Program contributed $3.2 million towards the construction of the 32-unit complex available exclusively for the agriculture and agricultural workers and their families. The total cost of the project is over $8 million and includes $3.7 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) through WHEDA.

The project includes two buildings of 16 townhouses, a mix of two and three bedroom units and a community hall. The pet-friendly accommodations are equipped with energy-efficient appliances. The new community hall will provide outreach programs including employment access assistance, legal assistance, K-12 school communications, translation services and social services.

To learn more about rural investment resources, interested parties should contact our USDA Wisconsin Rural Development Office at 715-345-7600 or [email protected]

Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/wi.

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