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USDA awards county $100,000
by Kenda Nelson
Sep 16, 2010 | 1274 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The executive director of the Refugio County Community Development Foundation announced that Refugio County was awarded a $100,000 grant to repair homes for low income, elderly residents.

“We applied for this grant in May and found out today that this money is coming soon,” Lenny Anzaldua said.

The preservation grant will be received from the United States Department of Agriculture.

“This is great news for the county and we hope to be able to repair at least 30 homes,” Anzaldua said.

Earlier this year, the foundation asked the county and each town in the county, and other organizations to partner in the effort to help seniors and families on fixed incomes to make home repairs, and/or winterize homes and upgrade appliances.

“The grant is designed not only to help the needy but also stimulate the economy using local contractors who will pump that money back into the local communities,” Anzaldua said. “This is clearly a win-win for everybody in the county.”

Families who want to check their eligibility to obtain repairs are asked to contact the Refugio County Community Development office to request a form.

“The county’s elderly residents who live on fixed incomes as well as unemployed citizens can truly use this grant,” Anzaldua said.

Using the format of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, homes will be chosen from those who apply and meet the eligibility requirements. The applications will be judged without names attached and based solely on need.

“The county’s development foundation works behind the scenes looking for ways to help Refugio County residents,” Anzaldua said. “When we are successful and our hard work is rewarded, it makes the long hours, the days spent traveling to conferences and meetings to learn about the programs out there to help our citizens worth it.”

The foundation also has several other projects in the works that stand to bring more business to the county that will offer jobs and expand the tax base, Anzaldua said.

“We’ll be announcing those shortly,” he said.

For more information or to apply, call 525-2835.

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