USDA is investing $394 million to improve critical community facilities in 28 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.
“Modern facilities for essential services such as schools, first responders, hospitals and health clinics are the bedrock to healthy and prosperous communities,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald "DJ" LaVoy.
The investments will benefit 1.6 million people in Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia.
- The Morrison Community Hospital District in Illinois will use a $19.2 million loan to expand and renovate the local hospital to accommodate a new emergency services department, a mental health room, relocate the business and administrative offices, and add a surgical suite. Other improvements include remodeling the front entrance and lab services department, adding an elevator and replacing the roof.
- The Hospital Development Company in Spencer, W.Va., will use a $20.3 million loan to modernize an emergency department and create an urgent care walk-in clinic. A medical office building will be built nearby to house primary care and specialty clinics.
- The city of Lakeland, Tenn., will use a $60 million loan to construct a high school and refinance middle school debt. Constructing the school will relieve classroom overcrowding.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities program funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants, a detailed overview of the application process.