USDA invests more than $600K in rural Virginia

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(WFXR) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $86 million nationwide — with $603,190 going to rural Virginia — to improve equitable access to jobs, business opportunities, education, housing, and health care for people who live and work in rural areas.

The investments are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s initiative to make sure people in rural communities have equitable access to the infrastructure and opportunities often taken for granted by people living in urban and suburban areas.

“Regardless of where they live, their race, ethnicity or gender, or the size of the town in which they live, all people must have access to decent housing, clean water, and good job opportunities,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “These investments will go a long way toward helping America ‘Build Back Better’ toward a just and more equitable society.”

Projects benefitting from the $603,190 investment in Virginia include:

  • Renovation Alliance in Roanoke will be the recipient of a Housing Preservation Grant of $156,595. Counties that will benefit from this project include Roanoke, Craig, Botetourt, Franklin, and Floyd.
  • The Appalachia Service in Lee County will receive a Housing Preservation Grant of $107,656.
  • Habitat for Humanity Virginia, Inc. will be the recipient of a Rural Community Development Initiative Grant of $180,000.
  • The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission in Charlottesville will receive a Housing Preservation Grant of $107,656.

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