Heller Announces Nevada Rural Housing Authority to Receive $71,718 Grant to Help Low-Income Nevadans with Home Repairs

Funding Will Go Toward Eligible Households in Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, or Storey Counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today applauded the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for awarding $71,718.23 to the Nevada Rural Housing Authority through the Rural Development program. This funding will be directed toward various home improvement projects for eligible low-income residents, or households below the 200 percent poverty level.

“I welcome the Department of Agriculture’s announcement that the Nevada Rural Housing Authority will receive $71,718 to help Nevadans who are struggling to get by and keep up with the costs of home repairs,” said Heller. “Whether it is my work to successfully double the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per child or my legislation to increase affordable housing options for Nevada’s seniors, I am always fighting to advance legislation that will help Nevada families get ahead. As the fifth most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate, I will continue working toward commonsense, bipartisan solutions to address Nevada’s affordable housing crisis and provide low-income Nevadans with the support they need to take care of their families, secure a better job, and prepare for their futures.”

Heller has championed various initiatives that aim to increase affordable housing opportunities throughout the state. Recently, Heller introduced the Seniors Affordable Housing Tax Credit Act, legislation he authored to incentivize housing owners and developers to rent to low-income seniors. This proposed legislation would create a tax credit program that allocates credits to states, which, in turn, will be awarded to owners and developers who choose to rent their properties to low-income seniors. In July, Heller joined a group of senators to introduce the bipartisan Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act, which seeks to better understand and respond to America’s affordable housing crisis by creating a bipartisan affordable housing task force.

Earlier this month, Heller also fought for the housing needs of Nevada’s student veterans after learning that a number of monthly stipends provided by the VA to assist veterans with housing costs have not been provided. Under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, veterans are ensured stipends so as to safeguard their ability to access housing while attending school using their earned benefits. In Heller’s letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Heller stated, “It is my understanding that the VA is implementing IT upgrades that the VA expected to have a small impact on the accuracy of G.I. Bill benefit payments, but that veterans would still receive a housing stipend.  However, it is concerning to hear that some veterans have not received any payment, putting their housing in jeopardy.  We cannot allow these veterans to become homeless as a result of this error.”

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