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Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans & Grants

Open Date:

TBD

Close Date:

TBD

Upcoming Milestones:

Eligible Recipients:

  • General Public
  • Local Government
  • Non-profit
  • Private Sector
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

Other Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Overview

What does this program do?
It provides affordable financing to develop housing for year-round and migrant or seasonal domestic farm laborers.

Who may apply for this program?
This program assists qualified applicants that 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. Qualified applicants include:

  • Farmers, associations of farmers and family farm corporations
  • Associations of farmworkers and nonprofit organizations*
  • Most State and local governmental entities*
  • Federally-recognized Tribes*

*Eligible to apply for grants and loans.

What is an eligible area?
Housing may be constructed in urban or rural areas, as long as there is a demonstrated need.

How may funds be used?
Construction, improvement, repair and purchase of housing for domestic farm laborers is the primary objective of this program.

Funding may also be available for related activities including:

  • Buying and improve land
  • Purchasing household furnishings
  • Paying construction loan interest
  • For a complete list see 7 CFR 3560.53

Who may live in the rental housing?

  • Domestic farm laborers, including those working on fish and oyster farms and on-farm processing
  • Retired and/or disabled farm laborers
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Very-low- to moderate-income households

What kinds of funding are available?

  • Low interest loans
  • Grants based on need and may not exceed 90% of project cost?

What are the loan terms?

  • Up to 33 year payback period
  • 1% fixed rate
  • An allocation of loan funds is also available for on-farm labor housing and is funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Loan
Total Amount Available:
$0
Limit per Applicant:
Grants based on need
Estimated Awards:
Not stated

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

Our Field Operations Division maintains local relationships through regionally organized servicing teams and handles all day-today servicing of Multifamily housing properties to ensure that tenants have safe and affordable housing.

The four regions and the contact information for each Regional Director follows:

    • Western Region: Becki Meyer, Regional Director
      [email protected]
      (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
    • Southern Region: Byron Waters, Regional Director
      [email protected]
      (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, PR, SC, TN, TX, VI)
    • Midwest Region: Karissa Stiers, Regional Director
      [email protected]
      (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
    • Northeast Region: Laurie Warzinski, Regional Director
      [email protected]
      (CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV)

    You can also look for Rural Rental Properties.

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