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RCHA acquires $117,000 Housing Preservation Grant

Inter-Mountain photo by Anthony Gaynor Randolph County Commissioner Mark Scott, Randolph County Housing Authority Director Karen Jacobson and USDA Rural Development State Director Kris Warner gather outside the RCHA on Thursday. The RCHA received a $117,000 Housing Preservation Grant to help rehabilitate housing for low-income households. Jacobson was presented with a certificate recognizing the Authority’s ‘commitment to rural West Virginia.’

ELKINS — The Randolph County Housing Authority received a $117,000 Housing Preservation Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The grant will be used to repair and rehabilitate housing for low- and very-low-income households.

“Having access to reliable and affordable housing in North-Central West Virginia is vital to West Virginia families and the communities they live in,” said West Virginia USDA Rural Development Director Kris Warner. “Under the leadership of President (Donald) Trump and Agriculture Secretary (Sonny) Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural West Virginia in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

The funding will help to repair and rehabilitate 10 residential rental properties for low-income individuals and families. The project is part of a statewide investment of $253,371 in housing preservation grants.

Housing preservation grants can be used to repair or replace electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, insulation, heating systems, and water/waste disposal; add handicap accessibility features; provide labor and materials; and more.

During the announcement Thursday at the RCHA, Warner said the USDA is proud to partner wit the housing authority and the partnership has been going on for the last three decades.

He said over that period there has been $1.4 million in loans and grants given out in Randolph County.

Randolph County Commissioner Mark Scott was on hand at the announcement and said it is very beneficial to the county to have the partnership with the USDA.

“In the last five years we have been able to start six infrastructure projects,” he said. “Being able to start six programs is a direct result of help from the USDA.”

During the announcement, Warner presented RCHA Executive Director Karen Jacobson with a certificate recognizing the Authority’s “commitment to rural West Virginia.”

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