The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded more than $28 million to 46 rural and tribal communities across the nation to address distressed housing conditions and concentrated poverty. Much of the funding will go toward green projects such as redeveloping renewable energy resources and training workers in green-construction practices.
Green-centered initiatives being funded by the grants include:
- The Atmautluak Traditional Council in Alaska received a &798,888 grant to train a construction workforce in green, energy-efficient new construction.
- The Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation in Minnesota received a $300,000 grant to provide business financing to redevelop an aband commercial facility for the production of biomass heating pellets, capitalizing on the area’s supply of wood and logging residue, and linking in low-skilled area workers in the process.
- Housing Development Alliance Inc. of Kentucky received a $300,000 grant to build 25 energy efficient homes in Hazard, Kentucky.
HUD’s new Rural Innovation Fund offers grants of up to $2 million to support innovative housing and economic development activities in 19 states throughout the country. HUD received 307 applications from 48 states for over $236 million, almost 10 times the amount available.
Eligible applicants were federally recognized Indian tribes, state housing finance agencies (HFAs), state community development agencies, local rural non-profit organizations, community development corporations, or consortia of these groups.