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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $446,000 to improve access to housing for people who live and work in rural areas of the state, according to Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The investment is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to ensure people living
in rural communities have equitable access to infrastructure and opportunities.

“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 good jobs, decent housing, clean water and good job
opportunities,” Vilsack said. “This is foundational to a healthy society and stable communities.”

He continued, “Today’s announcements build on the historic investments made possible by the American
Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Biden to ensure equity during a time when people
living in underserved places are suffering the most. The investments I am announcing today will
go a long way toward helping America ‘Build Back Better’ toward a just and more equitable

The money will go to the state’s Housing Preservation Grant program.

The Housing Assistance Corporation will receive $246,000 to repair seven housing units owned or occupied by low-income citizens in rural areas of Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties in North Carolina.

The remaining $200,000 will go to the Triangle J Council of Governments to repair and
rehabilitate 15 housing units occupied by low-income citizens in rural areas of Chatham and Wake counties.

“These investments are working to get the economy on track for everyone in North Carolina,
especially those who have been marginalized, who are hurting, who have been overlooked or
shut out in the past,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Reginald Speight. “USDA
Rural Development programs and services are playing a critical role to help communities build
opportunity and prosperity for people who call rural towns home.”