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Congresswoman Alma Adams

Representing the 12th District of North Carolina

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The City of East Spencer Receives USDA Grant

Oct 27, 2016
Press Release

East Spencer, NC—Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) joined Mayor Mallet, USDA Undersecretary Lisa Mensah, and USDA State Director Randy Gore to announce a $75,000 grant from USDA for Rural Development.

“This grant will assist low-income residents in Rowan County to preserve and rehabilitate their homes” said Congresswoman Adams. “I appreciate Undersecretary Mensah’s and State Director Gore’s advocacy for USDA’s investment in East Spencer and I applaud Mayor Mallet’s leadership. Together, we secured this vital funding.”

“This grant will have a lasting impact on the community”, said Mayor Barbara Mallet. “We are building a stronger community with initiatives like the rural housing grant and proving ourselves to be more resilient than we ever believed.”

“The Housing Preservation Grants program is one of many by USDA Rural Development to help ensure that rural residents have access to safe, affordable housing” said USDA State Director Randy Gore. “USDA not only helps people buy and rent homes, but helps them maintain their residences after they move in.”

In North Carolina USDA has provided $1.3 million in Housing Preservation Grants since the start of the Obama Administration.  Nationally, USDA has provided $51 million in Housing Preservation Grants.  These grants have leveraged more than $184 million to repair and rehabilitate nearly 13,000 homes and apartments in rural communities. 

Since 2009, USDA Rural Development in North Carolina has invested over $11 billion to start or expand rural businesses; helped rural residents buy homes; funded community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care facilities; financed electric transmission and distribution lines; and helped bring high-speed Internet access to rural residents and businesses.