Bustos Announces More Than $250,000 from USDA to Improve Rural Community Infrastructure, Housing

MOLINE — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced more than $250,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants to improve rural community infrastructure and housing in Northwest and Central Illinois. Grants were awarded to the Western Illinois Regional Council & Community Action Agency, Rebuilding Together in Henry County and the Village of Williamsfield. 

“Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve prioritized bringing federal investments to rural communities throughout Northwest and Central Illinois,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “I’m especially pleased to announce more than $250,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will help improve local infrastructure and housing for those most in need. During the remainder of my term, I’ll continue fighting to bring resources to build our local communities back better than ever.” 

Through the USDA’s Housing Preservation & Revitalization Demonstration Loans & Grants program, the Western Illinois Regional Council & Community Action Agency and Rebuilding Together’s Henry County affiliate will receive federal funds to repair or rehabilitate housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens. This funding can be used to repair or replace electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, insulation, heating systems, water/waste disposal systems and to improve handicap accessibility. Details on the grants allocated can be found below: 

  • Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency: $100,000 
  • Rebuilding Together Henry County:  $139,039

Under the USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, the Village of Williamsfield will receive $15,400 for improvements to make the Village Hall handicap accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This includes the construction of a bathroom, replacement of the water line and improvements to sidewalks and parking.