Temple, Texas, May 21, 2014 -- Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien today announced that USDA is seeking applications from eligible lenders for loan guarantees to finance the construction or rehabilitation of rural rental housing.
“Working to ensure that individuals and families in rural areas have safe, decent and affordable housing is a major part of USDA Rural Development’s mission,” O’Brien said. “USDA’s housing programs make a real difference in the lives of thousands of rural Americans nationwide by helping them obtain housing opportunities that they might not otherwise have. Revitalizing rural rental housing helps create construction jobs and maintain safe and stable rural communities.”
“Meeting the housing needs of rural Texans is a critical goal of the long term sustainability of our communities,” said Paco Valentin, USDA Rural Development Texas State Director. “USDA Rural Development is committed to ensuring these communities are provided the opportunity for affordable housing and an enhanced standard of living.”
USDA is seeking proposals from lenders for loans under the Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program. The Department plans to make up to $150 million available. Approved applications from prior years’ notices will be the first to receive funding.
Loan guarantees are available to construct, acquire and rehabilitate affordable rural rental housing. USDA will review responses submitted by eligible lenders, on the lender’s letterhead, and signed by both the prospective borrower and lender. Although a complete application is not required in response to this notice, eligible lenders may submit a complete application with a response.
The response deadline is December 31, 2015 to the Texas USDA Rural Development State Office, 101 South Main Street, Suite 102, Temple, Texas 76501. Details are on page 29159 of the May 21, 2014 Federal Register or located online at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-21/pdf/2014-11733.pdf. Selected responses that develop into complete applications will normally be funded with the fiscal year funds available on the date the application is completed.
Since 2009, USDA has provided new or rehabbed rental homes to 16,000 families through the Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.