GNS provides relief from hardship to residents in Siskiyou County. We partner with local government to bring substantial funds into our region that improve living conditions and update infrastructure.
GNS proficiency allows for development strategies in both normal and emergency situations.
In 30 years, more than 300 homes have been rehabilitated, and an influx of over $25 million has entered cities and the county. We acquired over $12 million for infrastructure improvements. County-wide, GNS enabled jurisdictions to recirculate $2.3 million earned from loan repayments into our communities.
Housing Preservation Grants
Low-to-moderate income residents of Siskiyou County who need assistance with home repairs can apply for a Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) through Great Northern Services (GNS) to address issues of health and safety in their homes.
The USDA Rural Development recently awarded GNS $46,000 in funding to continue their HPG program. The funds can be used on home repair projects typically costing less than $10,000 and can cover up to half the project’s cost—reducing the economic burden or even eliminating it altogether if work can be done in conjunction with GNS’s free Weatherization program. Read more about Housing Preservation Grants.
For more than 30 years GNS has administered all the Housing and Community Development grants in Siskiyou County. Our services include writing and overseeing grants awarded for housing rehabilitation of sub-standard homes occupied by low income residents. Our staff includes a licensed contractor (CA lic. #629328) specialized in Public Works Projects, Environmental Reviews, Weatherization, Community Facility Rehabilitation, and Prevailing Wage Certification. GNS has successfully completed over 300 homes within the jurisdictions that make the program available. Read more about Housing Rehabilitation.
Public infrastructure is the backbone of each and every community. Especially critical in Siskiyou County, where all municipalities are faced with aging systems that are no longer compliant or performing as they should.
GNS assists jurisdictions located in Siskiyou County to find ways to improve existing infrastructure such as water, sewer and other public services. We provide technical assistance, research funding options and collaborate with community partners on specific projects. Our duties while under contract include monitoring wage compliance on all public works projects, conducting employee interviews and assuring correct language in all contracts. Read more about Infrastructure Development.