United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Housing Service
05/02/22 12:00 PM EST
Grants and loans to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, farmers and farmers associations, and tribes to provide farmworkers with off-farm housing and related facilities. Funding is intended to support costs to construct, repair, improve, and purchase housing units in urban or rural areas, for year-round and migrant or seasonal domestic farm laborers.
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting competitive pre-applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing (Off-FLH) loans and Section 516 Off-FLH grants for the construction of new Off-FLH units for domestic farm laborers, retired domestic farm laborers, or disabled domestic farm laborers. The program objective is to increase the supply of affordable housing for farm laborers.
This program assists qualified applicants who cannot obtain commercial credit on terms that will allow them to charge rents that are affordable to low-income tenants. Borrowers must have sufficient qualifications and experience to develop and operate the project.
Housing that is constructed with FLH loans and/or grant funds must meet RHS’s design and construction standards. Once constructed, Off-FLH must be managed in accordance with 7 CFR part 3560. In addition, Off-FLH must be operated on a non-profit basis and tenancy must be open to all qualified domestic farm laborers, regardless of which farm they work.
Rental Assistance (RA) and Operating Assistance (OA) will be available for this Notice.
Who may live in rental housing:
RHS encourages applications that will help advance equity and improve outcomes in rural America. To encourage investments in rural properties, RHS will award points to projects located in rural Opportunity Zones (economically distressed communities where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment). For further details, see https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-02-02/pdf/2021-02193.pdf#page=1.
GrantWatch ID#: 145423
The maximum award per selected project may not exceed $5 million (total loan and grant).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To submit the pre-application, send an email to Off-FLHapplication@usda.gov (Subject line: ‘‘Off-FLH Application Submission’’) with a request to create a shared CloudVault folder.
Requests for concept meetings can be sent to the following email address: MFHprocessing1@usda.gov.
For further information, contact:
Jonathan Bell, Branch Chief
Processing and Report Review Branch 1
Production and Preservation Division
Multifamily Housing Programs
United States Department of Agriculture
For questions, you may also contact your RD State office at https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices or Rural Rental Properties at https://rdmfhrentals.sc.egov.usda.gov/RDMFHRentals/select_state.jsp.
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