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Federal funds available for highway safety, home improvements for low-income families, health, etc

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By The Star Staff

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón this week announced the approval of more than $37.1 million for 19 recipients in the areas of health, child care, home improvements in areas of high poverty and highway safety.

The funds from budget appropriations approved in Congress, and supported by González Colón, are to be made available once petitioners meet the appropriate requirements.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the Municipality of Yauco $229,529 under the Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Grant Program for fiscal year 2023 to develop a comprehensive safety action plan. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which the resident commissioner is a member, oversees the use of the funds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development, meanwhile, allocated $515,500 to eight recipients under the Housing Preservation Grant Program, which provides grants to organizations that work to repair or rehabilitate homes occupied by low- and very low-income rural residents.

Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico Inc. will receive $50,000 for repairs in three homes in addition to Community Development Block Grant funds for a total of $115,000 and another $100,000 along with $180,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds that add up to $280,000 for repairs of 12 homes belonging to very low- and low-income families that do not have the resources to improve their own properties by addressing problems of overcrowding in these housing units. Materials are purchased from local hardware stores, which benefits the local economy.

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