Vincent Marshall Dodge City Globe
Led by Acting State Director Dan Fischer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Kansas highlighted 2021 accomplishments to help rural Kansas residents and businesses access housing, health care, economic development and other essential services.
“USDA Rural Development Kansas has had a very successful year helping rural residents through our housing, community and business programs,” Fischer said in a press release. “When rural Kansas has access to clean water, affordable homes, and good jobs, all of Kansas is more likely to succeed.”
According to the USDA, more than $292 million in loans, grants, and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2021 were provided by Kansas Rural Development.
Of the $292 million; $209 million was spent on home purchases by low-income families and individuals; $51 million for improving water and waste disposal systems and $28 million for improving community facilities and access to essential services.
To support rural communities and their residents, rural development offers:
– RISE (Rural Innovation Stronger Economy) Grants This program provides grant assistance to create and increase high-wage jobs, accelerate the creation of new businesses, support industrial clusters and maximize the use of local productive assets in communities. eligible low-income rural areas.
– Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program This program provides financing for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal and stormwater drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
– Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans This program helps applicants with low and very low incomes obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase the applicant’s ability to repay.
Providing loans and grants to expand economic opportunity, rural development also creates jobs and improves the quality of life for rural Americans.
For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov or follow him on Twitter at @RurDev_Kansas.
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