house constructionWASHINGTON, D.C. (9/18/17) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $130,000 competitive federal grant to the Kentucky Habitat for Humanity.

Last month, Senator McConnell contacted USDA on behalf of KyHFH in support of the grant application. The funding will help KyHFH provide technical assistance to its rural affiliates, which serve 23 counties across the Commonwealth.

In 2014, the federal government designated parts of Eastern Kentucky as a Promise Zone due to high rates of poverty in the region. The competitive grant will help KyHFH serve and support Kentuckians in economically distressed rural areas of Eastern Kentucky, including those in the state’s Promise Zone.

“This is great news for Eastern Kentucky, and I was honored to work with Kentucky Habitat for Humanity to help secure these funds,” Senator McConnell said. “This assistance will allow KyHFH to develop and implement a critical home repair program to serve low-income Kentuckians who have limited ability to maintain and repair their homes.”

Mary Shearer, Executive Director for Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, said the funds will serve at-risk rural populations in the state who need help repairing their home.

“We are very grateful for Senator McConnell supporting our grant application,” said Mary Shearer, executive director for Kentucky Habitat for Humanity. “Every time KyHFH has reached out to the Senator, he has delivered. Without him and our community partnerships and volunteers, we would not be able to help provide the needed resources for disadvantaged individuals, families and veterans throughout Kentucky.”

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