Local homeowners may be eligible for USDA Rural Development's 504 Loan and Grant home repair program for water or sewer hook-up connections.

Bradford County families who earn up to $27,800 adjusted annual income, after allowable deductions (family of four) may be eligible for the housing repair program. Funds may only be used for water or sewer hook-ups and repairs or improvements to remove health and safety hazards, or to complete repairs to make the dwelling accessible for household members with disabilities. Grants up to $7,500 are available to homeowners who are 62 years of age or older. Loans up to $20,000 are also available for up to 20 years at a one percent interest rate for income-eligible borrowers. Contact Beatrice Elliott at (570) 836-5111 for additional information.

Join us at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Wysox Fire Hall on Lake Road, Wysox, to learn more information about the program and how to apply.

Rural Development's funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Pennsylvania. For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development's new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way - strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.

President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

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