Brown Announces Nearly $160,000 to Assist with Home Repairs in Washington County

U.S. Department of Agriculture Grant to Help Rehabilitate 14 Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $159,784 to the Washington-Morgan Community Action (WMCA) to provide forgivable loans to cover the cost of critical home repairs necessary for health and safety. First incorporated in 1967, WMCA today offers more than 50 services, ranging from assistance with home repairs to meal delivery, in southeast Ohio.

“Ohioans shouldn’t have to choose between roof repairs or buying groceries,” Brown said. “This grant will help families in Washington County get the resources they need to keep their homes safe.”

These funds are a part of the USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program, which provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. The program helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and daycare centers.

Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities, successfully securing a number of provisions that are important to Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years.