NECAC receives federal housing grant

Published: Nov. 21, 2021 at 7:16 PM CST
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HANNIBAL (WGEM) - Old housing across Northeast Missouri may now get a boost thanks to a grant from the USDA.

The agency announced that it was investing $86 million toward different initiatives to help those who live and work in rural areas.

Some of these programs include: Tribal College Initiative Grants, Rural Community Development Initiative Grants, Water and Waste Disposal Grants and Housing Development Grants.

One such Housing Development Grant, worth just under $150,000 was awarded to NECAC in Northeast Missouri.

NECAC spokesman Brent Engel said grants like these, along with their overall partnership with the USDA, will go a long way at helping the housing stock of Northeastern Missouri.

“It’s a great example of a partnership that’s being used, your tax dollars, coming back to our neighborhoods to improve homes that will then last a lot longer than they normally would have,” said Engel.

He said infrastructure and housing is vital to the community, and it is necessary to take care of what is currently available.

“Northeast Missouri is well known for having great housing stock, but in order to keep it up, we have to preserve it. We all know that nothing lasts forever,” said Engel.

He said NECAC hopes to revamp and rehabilitate more than a dozen homes across the region, but exact numbers will depend upon the expenses incurred from project to project.

Anyone wishing to apply for help through the housing preservation grant process can call NECAC’s housing preservation office at 573-324-6622.

You can find more information about NECAC’s housing rehab, preservation and weatherization services here.

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