WASHINGTON D.C. — Federal Funds are coming to both Belmont and Monroe counties.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $2,265,000 Community Facilities loan to construct a 12,000 square-foot facility to house the Ohio Hills Health Services’ Monroe Family Health Center in Woodsfield. The funds for this new facility are a part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative.

Ohio Hills Health Services, headquartered in Barnesville, is a non-profit health care operation, organized by communities in Eastern Ohio to promote healthy lifestyles and to provide comprehensive treatment and preventative services for area residents. The primary focus is to provide prompt, courteous and affordable health care that is responsive and sensitive to individual needs.

In addition to the Woodsfield clinic, the organization operates clinics in Freeport and Quaker City.

The USDA also awarded a $24,000 Community Facilities grant to the Village of Powhatan Point in Belmont County to purchase a new police vehicle.