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November 13, 2020

Federal lawmakers announce home repair funding

Credit: The Garrett County Republican

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Rep. David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $50,000 in federal funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income residents in Garrett County.

The grant will allow the Garrett County Community Action Committee to offer homeowners grants and/or low-interest loans to fund critical home improvement projects, helping ensure that homes meet property and safety standards.

“During this pandemic, many Maryland families have seen their pocketbooks take a big hit, and as they struggle to keep a roof over their head, the costs of home maintenance projects are simply too high. These federal funds will allow those homeowners to make necessary repairs, improving living conditions and safety. I will continue working to ensure all Marylanders have a safe, secure place to call home,” said Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

“Projects funded by this grant will help make much-needed housing improvements for low-income families and ensure that all Garrett County residents have a safe place to call home,” said Cardin. “Especially as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens housing security for our most vulnerable individuals, Team Maryland will continue to advocate for policies to improve living conditions for Marylanders.”

“Every single Marylander deserves to live in a safe and healthy environment,” Trone said. “This funding will ensure that the most vulnerable members of the Garrett County community can make necessary repairs to their homes to help their families thrive for years to come.”

Funds were awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program. USDA awards Housing Preservation grants to organizations including nonprofits, state and local government entities for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens.