Housing Application Packaging Grants
Objective: Housing Application Packaging Grants provide government funds to
tax-exempt public agencies and private non-profit organizations to package
applications for submission to Housing and Community Facilities Programs.
Packagers assist very low- and low-income applicants with the application
process by prescreening, making preliminary eligibility determinations,
ensuring the application is complete, and helping the applicant understand
Uses and Use Restrictions: Grants reimburse eligible organizations for part
or all of the costs of conducting, administering, and coordinating an effective
housing application packaging program in colonias and designated counties.
Eligible organizations aid very low- and low-income individuals and families in
obtaining benefit from Federal, State, and local housing programs. The following
are restrictions under the housing application packaging grants: (1) These funds
are available only in the areas defined in Exhibit D of RD Instruction 1944-B;
(2) the packager may not charge fees or accept compensation or gratuities directly
or indirectly from the very low- and low-income families being assisted under this
program; (3) the packager may not represent or be associated with anyone else,
other than the applicant, who may benefit in any way in the proposed transaction;
(4) if the packager is compensated for this service from other sources, then the
packager is not eligible for compensation from this source except as permitted
by RHS; (5) grantees who are funded to do self-help housing effort; and (6) the
authorized representatives must have no pecuniary interest in the award of the
architectural or construction contracts, the purchase of equipment, or the
purchase of the land for the housing site.
Basic Instructions: 7 CFR 1944 Subpart B, 7 CFR 3014 (for nonprofit organizations)
and 7 CFR 3016 (For State and local governments)
For more information about this program, or to file an application,
contact the local
Rural Development office in your area.