USDA Rural Development California Acting State Director Richard Brassfield announced today that the City of McFarland received an $844,700 loan and a $49,940 grant through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant program to construct a new animal shelter.
“Projects like this help develop a foundation for rural communities like the City of McFarland,” said Brassfield. “USDA Rural Development is committed to supporting California’s rural communities and the many services they may need assistance in funding.”
With the animal control officer providing care to about 75 new animals per month, the city’s existing animal shelter is out of compliance in kennel size and design.
The new 5,000 square foot shelter will accommodate both dogs and cats, and provide a medical room for spaying and neutering. It will also include office space and adoption services.
Municipalities, nonprofit organizations and federally-recognized tribes in rural communities with a population of 20,000 or fewer can be considered for the Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program. The terms for these loans are based on the useful life of the security and can be up 40 years.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ca.