United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced on June 23, the USDA is investing $185 million to equip, rebuild and modernize essential services in rural areas of 32 states, including Kansas.
These Rural Development investments will benefit 3 million rural residents with four of them going toward projects in Kansas, including Spearville, Kans.
“The Biden-Harris Administration has made investing in infrastructure improvements a priority,” said Maxson. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services that are vital to all communities, such as schools, libraries, hospitals and health clinics.
“They also will help rural communities continue to beat the COVID-19 pandemic as America builds back better and stronger.”
The USDA is investing in 233 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program.
These 74 awards totaling $4 million will help communities with their long-term recovery efforts following natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes.
Along with Kansas, the USDA is making investments in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
In Spearville, Kans. the Rural Development investment, consisting of $1,392,000, will be used to cover the increased cost of construction materials on a senior living campus consisting of 14 units of skilled nursing and 12 apartments for assisted living.
The skilled nursing will have 14-units built on the Greenhouse concept of universal care and includes communal dining, an open kitchen and a home-like feeling among the residents and staff.
In addition to nursing services and separating it from the typical nursing home, staff will also provide meal preparation.
The assisted living portion will consist of 12 apartments of 10 one bedroom and two, two bedroom units and each apartment will have a living room and small kitchenette.
The apartments are arranged around a community dining and living space. There is an open kitchen, community room, a spa and beauty shop.
A community wellness area will also be a part of the facility.
A meal program of three meals per day will be provided to the assisted living residents along with social, health and recreational programs.
Once the project is completed, it will provide the community with quality senior health care and housing that will allow them to stay closer to family living in the surrounding area.
Below are examples of a few of these investments outside of Kansas:
In California, the El Dorado County Community Health Center is receiving an $18.5 million loan to build a medical facility for residents and workers in and around Placerville.
The center is a key player in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in El Dorado County.
It also provides medical, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy and substance misuse treatment services.
In West Virginia, the Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle is receiving an $800,000 loan to purchase a facility to house the club’s child care services.
Its child care program is open to all children who live in Morgan County. The club will rent a portion of the facility to a non-profit health care provider.
To learn more about Community Facilities Program funding opportunities, contact a USDA Rural Development state office.
See the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants for a detailed overview of the application process.
Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas.
This assistance supports infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas.
For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.