The federal government provides a variety of housing government grants each year. Housing government grants are intended to assist individuals in having the opportunity to own or rent affordable housing and the opportunity to make repairs to enable them to live in safe environments. Most housing government grants have income caps for assistance, thus they are available to low-income individuals or families. However, the federal government also provides housing government grants to veterans and the disabled.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posts numerous solicitations in the form of housing government grants each calendar year with the goal of providing affordable housing in every community. HUD offers housing government grants that are available to groups of individuals or organizations that have well-designed plans to improve housing opportunities in their communities. As an example, currently HUD has an open solicitation for the “Tenant Resource Network” (TRN) housing government grant. The TRN grant is designed to preserve HUD-assisted housing and provide HUD housing tenants with information on their rights, responsibilities and options. The TRN grant has an award ceiling of $720,000 and an award floor of $200,000. For more information on the TRN program or additional HUD sponsored housing government grants, visit: HUD.gov.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) also provides housing government grants. These grants are designed to assist current homeowners in removing a health or safety hazard from their home to allow them to remain in their home in a quality environment. The Rural Repair and Rehabilitation housing government grant has a maximum award of $7,500 and is available to individuals 62 years of age or older and unable to repay a loan and may only be used for the costs of repairs or improvements once a health or safety hazard has been removed from the home. For more information visit: HUD.gov.
Housing government grants, like most government grants, have a lot “red tape” in terms of eligibility and reporting requirements. Individuals or organizations seeking to identify and apply for a housing government grant and encouraged to read the entire solicitation or Request for Proposal (RFP) before beginning to work on their proposal. However, one should note that individuals and organizations are able to identify and obtain housing government grants each and every year. The most important thing to remember when trying to identify and obtain a housing government grant is to find a grant that best matches the project and the individual or organization’s ability to complete the requirements specified by the funder.
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