CARSON CITY – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack  announced the Department is investing $86 million to improve equitable access to jobs, business opportunities, education, housing and health care for people who live and work in rural areas. 

The investments are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to ensure that people living in rural communities have equitable access to the infrastructure and opportunities often taken for granted by people living in urban and suburban areas.

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

These investments will go a long way toward helping America ‘Build Back Better’ toward a just and more equitable society.”

In Nevada, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada is receiving a Housing Preservation Grant to repair and rehabilitate six homes in Nye County, Nevada. Funds will be used to improve critical health and safety conditions of each impacted home.

This investment is made through the Housing Preservation Grant Program, which is designed to assist homeowners who may otherwise be ineligible for home repair assistance.

Nationwide, the funding announced will help more than 425,000 people in 46 states, Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific. 

It reflects the many ways USDA Rural Development helps rural residents, businesses and communities address economic development, infrastructure and social service needs.

 It will help low-income people make health and safety repairs to their homes.

It will help build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure for people living in U.S. communities along the Mexico border. It will help rural business owners in the Mississippi Delta get access to capital and business development assistance. 

It also will help colleges that serve Tribal populations upgrade campus buildings and services. A complete listing of the projects announced today may be found online.