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In an effort to improve the quality of affordable housing in rural communities across the country, Rural LISC, in partnership with the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, launched the Healthy Housing Initiative in 2015, offering critical funding for housing‐related programs and projects to partner community-based organizations serving rural communities across the country. Now entering its fifth year, the Rural LISC Wells Fargo Healthy Housing Initiative has awarded more than $1.9 million to approximately 40 rural community-based organizations in 20 states. This year, Rural LISC will award 30 grants to Partners who seek to improve housing stock in their communities in a variety of ways, including new construction, rehabilitation, energy efficient appliances, low VOC paint, implementing community gardens and transitioning to smoke-free housing.
Healthy Housing Initiative grants support a range of activities, including new construction, rehabilitation, Energy Efficient appliances, low VOC paint, community gardens, walkability and more.
Rural LISC works with its local partners to ensure that all new housing is built following healthy housing principles, and that existing homes are assessed and improved. “Healthy housing” is defined as incorporating strategies such as:
Developing and preserving safe, decent and affordable housing has always been at the core of Rural LISC’s community development values, and it is the cornerstone of the organization’s Comprehensive Community Development model. Rural LISC helps partners revitalize their rural communities comprehensively, integrating housing and other physical redevelopment with improvements in access to education, health care and economic opportunity.