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Making a Difference in Rural Communities

NeighborWorks America’s Safe and Sound rural initiative grants were awarded as part of a competitive application process held earlier this year with criteria including feasibility, capacity, work quality, Green standards and removing health risks for the homeowner.

This organization offers the opportunity for corporations to get involved and make a difference in America’s heartland. Corporate sponsors make the clean-up and restore work possible. It makes a huge difference in our rural areas. – the editor

NeighborWorks America’s training curriculum in housing rehabilitation, green applications and development with factory-built housing will be made available to the grant recipients.

A new survey from NeighborWorks America suggests that adults in rural regions of the United States are not as satisfied as their counterparts in urban and suburban areas. According to the  study, rural residents generally feel worse about their local economy and job outlook than the national average with just one-third  rating their economy and job situation as better than the national average. This compares to 48 percent of suburban residents and 57 percent of urban dwellers feeling positive about their local economy and job outlook.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 20 percent of people and 5.3 million veterans live in rural regions in the United States.

David Dangler, director of the Rural Initiative at NeighborWorks America, said, “NeighborWorks America is working hard to invest in upgrading homes in rural areas and spotlight the unique challenges of adults in rural parts of the country. We are also making rural homes more energy efficient, so fewer people have to make tough choices between food or fuel.”

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For more than 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and safe, affordable rental housing. In 2014, NeighborWorks America and its network created or sustained 35,000 jobs, and in the last five years, member organizations generated more than $24.5 billion of reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development, financial capability and affordable housing professionals. For more information about the NeighborWorks America’s Rural Initiative, visit neighborworks.org/Community/Rural.

Neighborworks also has a very nice blog:  http://www.neighborworks.org/Media-Center/Blog

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