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Kansas residents recover from storms with USDA aid

Kansas residents recover from storms with USDA aid

By Scout Nelson

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Rural Development is calling on residents of rural communities to apply for loans and grants aimed at repairing property damaged by recent severe storms.

The 504 Home Repair program, specifically designed to assist in these situations, also supports the construction of storm shelters to bolster community resilience against future weather-related disasters.

The recent wave of severe weather in Kansas underscores the critical need for preparedness and swift recovery mechanisms. For those whose properties have been impacted, the 504 program offers a lifeline for making necessary repairs or improvements.

The Single-Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants, part of USDA's regular funding efforts, are intended for very-low-income homeowners. These funds help repair, improve, or modernize homes. They also provide grants to elderly, very-low-income homeowners to eliminate health and safety hazards.

Under the Section 504 Home Repair program, eligible parties can receive up to $40,000 in loans and up to $10,000 in grants. Combined, an individual could receive as much as $50,000 in assistance.

USDA Rural Development's role extends beyond individual aid; it also involves enhancing economic opportunities and quality of life for millions in rural America.

This support includes infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, community facilities such as schools and healthcare centers, and access to high-speed internet in rural, tribal, and high-poverty areas.

For detailed information on how these investments are making a difference and to see if you qualify for assistance, Kansas residents are encouraged to visit the Rural Data Gateway. This resource provides valuable insights into the scope and impact of USDA's efforts across rural America.

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