Press Release

January 25, 2024
Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger, Trone Announce Over $500,000 to Support Housing in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $532,500 to support housing assistance projects in rural communities in Maryland. The federal funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development grant program, will help the Interfaith Housing Alliance acquire and rehabilitate 15 homes in Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties, providing 15 low and very-low income individuals and families secure housing.

“A home is more than just four walls and a roof – it’s a place where families can feel safe and a foundation for them to build a better future. As we continue working to expand access to affordable housing across our state, these federal investments will provide Maryland families in need with rehabilitated homes where they can live, grow, and thrive,” said the lawmakers.

Founded in 1990, the Interfaith Housing Alliance has facilitated the investment of more than $230 million in affordable housing projects and initiatives across Maryland and Pennsylvania.

USDA’s Rural Development programs deliver over $40 billion a year in loans, loan guarantees, and grants to rural communities. Senators Van Hollen and Cardin and Congressmen Ruppersberger and Trone have long fought for robust annual appropriations funding for the USDA’s Rural Development programs to continue supporting federal funding for projects in rural communities across Maryland.