BANGOR, Maine — Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager announced recently the selection of recipients in 49 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for grants to make repairs and improve housing conditions for low- and very-low-income rural residents. The more than $4.4 million in funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant program.
Organizations in Maine receive funding are:
* Penquis Community Action Corporation in Bangor has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $28,250. Funds will be used to assist eight very-low- and low-income households in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Knox and Waldo counties.
* Western Maine Community Action in Wilton has been selected to receive a grant in the amount of $28,250. Funds will be used to rehabilitate and repair 10 homes in Franklin County.
Grants may be used to make general repairs, such as installing or improving plumbing or providing or enhancing access to people with disabilities. Funds also may be used to weatherize and make homes more energy efficient.