Portland, OR, Jul 21, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development is currently accepting proposals from eligible entities requesting Fiscal Year 2011 funding assistance for Farm Labor Housing, Rural Rental Housing and Housing Preservation projects.
The Agency recently published four Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) in the Federal Register:
Through the Section 514 and 516 programs, more than $35 million in loans, grants and rental assistance may be made available to provide safe, affordable rental housing for domestic farm workers across the country. Funding under these programs may be used for new construction of off-farm labor housing units, the purchase and substantial rehabilitation of existing non-farm labor housing properties for use as off-farm housing, and other related facilities for domestic farm laborers. Applications are due August 22, 2011. For more information, please view the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register.
Rural Development is also soliciting competitive applications under its Section 533 Housing Preservation Grant program. The program provides grants to qualified public agencies, private non-profit organizations, which may include, but not be limited to, faith-based and community organizations, and other eligible entities who will in turn assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. Funds may also be used to assist rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating units that will be made available to low- and very low-income residents. The application deadline for Section 533 Housing Preservation grants is August 22, 2011. Further details regarding program eligibility and the application process can be viewed in the NOFA.
Through the Sections 514, 515 and 516 Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program, the agency is accepting proposals for grants and debt restructuring for the purpose of upgrading and revitalizing aging multi-family housing facilities financed through USDA Rural Development. The purpose of the effort is to ensure that existing affordable rental housing facilities continue to deliver decent, safe and sanitary affordable rental housing into the future. Pre-application materials are due August 22, 2011. Further details regarding program eligibility and the application process can be viewed in the NOFA.
USDA Rural Development is also accepting pre-application materials for Fiscal Year 2011 Section 515 Rural Rental Housing loan funds. The program provides loans for the new construction or purchase and rehabilitation of rental and cooperative housing in rural areas for very low-, low- or moderate-income households, including elderly or disabled persons. Eligible applicants may include individuals, corporations, associations, trusts, Native American Tribes, public or private nonprofit organizations, consumer cooperatives and partnerships. The deadline for pre-applications is August 29, 2011. For more detailed information, including specific qualifications for set-asides, please review the complete NOFA.
For Oregon projects that fall within any of the program areas outlined above, applications are due at the USDA Rural Development Oregon State Office by close of business on the date listed with the funding notice. To submit application materials or request assistance, please contact:
USDA Rural Development
Attn: Multi-Family Housing
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Ste. 801
Portland, OR 97232-1274
Phone: (503) 414-3335
TDD: (503) 414-3387
Fax: (503) 414-3394
USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents through a variety of business, economic development, infrastructure, community facility, and housing programs. Further information on rural programs is available at any of Oregon’s Rural Development offices in Pendleton, Corvallis, Redmond, Roseburg or the state office in Portland (503-414-3300), or by visiting USDA Rural Development Oregon’s Web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/OR_Home.html.