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USDA Rural Development Reports Rural Kansas Accomplishments
Kansas Ag Connection - 01/27/2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kansas Acting State Director Dan Fischer Wednesday highlighted the year's accomplishments in helping rural Kansas residents and businesses access housing, health care, economic developement 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. "When rural Kansas has access to clean water, affordable homes, and good jobs, all of Kansas is more likely to succeed."

Rural Development Kansas awarded more than $292 million in loans, grants and loan guarantees in Fiscal Year 2021. This includes $209 million for the purchase of homes by low-income individuals and families, nearly $51 million to improve water and waste disposal systems, and nearly $28 million to improve community facilities and access to essential services.

Rural Development offers many programs to assist rural communities and their residents. For example:

- Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grants This program offers grant assistance to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas.

- Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

- Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans This program assists low- and very-low-income applicants obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase an applicant's repayment ability.

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