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4 Vt. organizations get $350k for rural housing

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Four Vermont groups are going to be getting $350,000 in federal grants to help improve housing conditions for low-income rural residents.

The money will be used to make general repairs, energy and weatherization improvements and code updates to more than 130 households in Vermont.

Almost $300,000 of those grants are headed to the Northeast Kingdom as a Rural Economic Area Partnership Zone, a designation recognizing the unique rural nature of a region.

U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch say the investments in housing improvements will make lives and communities better.

The grants are part of the $3.8 million released by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant program.

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