Request for Proposals (RFP): Demonstration Program for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Seafood Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grants, 39044-39051 [E7-13763]

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Rules have been promulgated in accordance with the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553(b), (c), and (e). [FR Doc. 07–3330 Filed 7–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6116–01–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Request for Proposals (RFP): Demonstration Program for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Seafood Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grants Rural Housing Service, USDA. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces the availability of agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery worker housing grants in the States of Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin. This Notice was published on April 6, 2004, in the Federal Register, vol. 69, page 18040, to award $4,970,500 in grant funds for a housing demonstration program for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers in the above states. Public Law 108–199 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004) authorized PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 RHS to establish a demonstration program to provide financial assistance (grants) for processing and/or fishery worker housing in the States of Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin. This RFP requests proposals from qualified private and public nonprofit agencies, non-profit cooperatives, state and local governments, and tribal organizations in Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin to construct housing for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers. Any one project may not receive grant funds of more than $1,370,595 from this program. Applications will only be accepted from applicants who will use the funds awarded in the following states: Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, or Wisconsin. Housing facilities constructed under this RFP are expected to increase the supply of housing for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers in markets where adequate housing is not available. The Agency has remaining funds in the amount of $1,370,595 which will be awarded in this Notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Paperwork Reduction Act Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., OMB must approve all ‘‘collections of information’’ by RHS. The Act defines ‘‘collection of information’’ as a requirement for ‘‘answers to * * * identical reporting or recordkeeping requirements imposed on ten or more persons * * *.’’ (44 U.S.C. 3502(3)(A)) Because this RFP will receive less than 10 applicants, the Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply. General Information The agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery worker housing grants authorized by Public Law 108–199 are for the purpose of developing a housing demonstration program for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery worker housing in markets that have a demonstrated need for housing for such workers. Under Public Law 108–199, RHS had the authority to award $4,970,500 in grant funds for a housing demonstration program for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers in Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin. This Notice is awarding the remaining $1,370,595 for the aforementioned purposes. As part of the application, all applicants must also provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. As required by the Office of Management and Budget E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices (OMB), all grant applicants must provide a DUNS number when applying for Federal grants, on or after October 1, 2003. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1–866–705–5711. Additional information concerning this requirement is provided in a policy directive issued by OMB and published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2003 (68 FR 38402–38405). To comply with the President’s Management Agenda, the Department of Agriculture is participating as a partner in the new government-wide site in FY 2007 grants.gov. The Web site can be found at http://www.grants.gov. The Agriculture, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grant [Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance #10.433] is one of the programs included at this Web site. Please note that you must locate the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA Number or FedGrants Funding Opportunity Number, which can be found at http:// www.fedgrants.gov. If you are an applicant under the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grant, you may submit your application to the Agency in either electronic or paper format. The deadline for electronic and paper format is based on the local time for each USDA Rural Development State Office. Users of grants.gov will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it off line, and then upload and submit the application via the grants.gov site. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to RHS; however, the Agency encourages your participation in grants.gov. The following are useful tips and instructions on how to use the Web site: • When you enter the grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site as well as the hours of operation. RHS strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through grants.gov. To use grants.gov, applicants must have a DUNS number. • You may submit all documents electronically through the Web site, including all information typically included on the Application for Rural Housing Preservation Grants, and all necessary assurances and certifications. • Your application must comply with any page limit requirements described in this NOFA. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 39045 • After you electronically submit your application through the Web site, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement from grants.gov that contains a grants.gov tracking number. • RHS may request that you provide original signatures on forms at a later date. • You must meet the closing date and local time deadline. If you experience technical difficulties on the closing date and are unable to meet the 5 p.m. (Washington, DC time) deadline, print out your application and submit it to your State Office. DATES: The deadline for receipt of all applications in response to this RFP is 5 p.m., eastern time, on llll 2007. The application closing deadline is firm as to date and hour. RHS will not consider any application that is received after the closing deadline. Applicants intending to mail applications must provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or before the closing deadline. Acceptance by a post office or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile (FAX), Cash on Delivery (COD), and postage due applications will not be accepted. ADDRESSES: Applications should be submitted to Henry Searcy, Jr., Senior Loan Specialist, USDA Rural Development, Rural Housing Service, Multi-Family Housing Processing Division, STOP 0781, Room 1263, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–0781. RHS will date and time certify incoming applications to evidence timely receipt and, upon request, will provide the applicant with a written acknowledgement of receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and an application package, including all required forms, contact Henry Searcy, Jr., Senior Loan Specialist, USDA, Rural Housing Service, Multi-Family Housing Processing Division, Stop 0781, Room 1263, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0781, telephone (202) 720–1753. (This is not a toll-free number.) opportunities for processing workers in markets that cannot support other forms of conventional and government housing models. Grantees may not require any occupant of the housing or related facilities, as a condition of occupancy, to work or be employed by any particular processor, fishery, or other place, or work for or be employed by any particular person, firm, or interest. Developers of housing under this program will receive a grant of up to 80% of the Total Development Cost (TDC) of the project. TDC includes all hard costs, soft costs, initial operating reserves, administrative fees, furnishings and equipment, and related facilities. Housing constructed under this program may not receive RHS Rental Assistance or Operating Subsidies authorized under 42 U.S.C. 1490a for payment of tenant rents. Project financial models should be structured to work without rental subsidies while keeping rents affordable for the target population. Projects should be located close to tenants’ workplaces and services as much as feasible. Location of the project is not limited to rural areas as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1490. I. Purpose B. Eligible Grantees Public Law 108–199 authorized funds to implement a demonstration grant program for the construction of housing for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers in Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin. The demonstration program has been designed to increase the supply of rental housing for a growing segment of the population whose needs are not currently being met. The program is expected to provide housing Eligibility for grants under this notice is limited to qualified private and public non-profit agencies, non-profit cooperatives, state and local governments, and tribal organizations in Alaska, Mississippi, Utah and Wisconsin to construct housing for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers. Faith based applicants meeting these requirements are also eligible. Applicants must possess the experience, knowledge, and capacity to develop PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Project Threshold Criteria All applications must meet the minimum threshold requirements contained in this RFP. The threshold criteria are as follows: A. Occupancy Requirements Eligibility for residency in facilities constructed under this RFP is limited to individuals and families who earn at least 40% of their income from work as an agriculture, aquaculture, or seafood processing and/or fishery worker and earn less than or equal to 60% of the National Median Income for a family of four as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. Residents must be United States citizens or be legally admitted for permanent residence. E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 39046 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices affordable multi-family housing in rural areas. C. Grant Limit A grant under this RFP may fund up to 80% of a project’s TDC. TDC includes all hard costs, soft costs, initial operating reserves, administrative fees, furnishings and equipment, and related facilities. Applications will only be accepted from the following states Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, or Wisconsin. D. Equity Contributions and Leveraged Funds As stated above, a grant may fund up to 80% of the TDC which leaves at least 20% of the TDC to be funded from other sources. The applicant is encouraged to seek funding from sources with favorable rates and terms in order to keep rents within the reach of the target population. For this reason, additional selection points will be given to proposals that have funding with favorable rates and terms. Examples of such funding sources may include the Federal Home Loan Bank, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or a State, county, or local government. Conventional loans may also be used; however, the rates and terms may not be in excess of what is common in the housing industry. For this purpose, the interest rate of any such loan may not exceed 200 basis points above the 10-year Treasury bond rate as of the date of grant closing. The term of any loan must be a minimum of 10 years and it must be amortized over a 30 year period. Longer terms are preferred. The objective in setting these limits is to create affordable rents for the tenants. In each case, equity contributions and loans must be contributed and disbursed prior to the disbursement of any grant funds from the Agency. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES E. Eligible Costs Eligible costs for grants under this RFP include all project related costs including all hard costs, soft costs, initial operating reserves, administrative fees, furnishings and equipment, and related facilities. Eligible costs also include technical assistance received from a non-identity of interest nonprofit organization with housing and/or community development experience, to assist the applicant in the development and packaging of its grant docket and project. Eligible costs for technical assistance is permitted by 7 CFR 3560.53 and may not exceed 4 percent of the TDC. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 F. Term of Use The project will remain in use for the intended purpose as required under 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016, or 3019, as applicable. These provisions require the grant recipient to use the real property for the authorized purpose of the project. The type of security instrument will be determined, prior to grant closing, by the Agency’s Regional Office of the General Counsel. required if project funds are used to purchase land. G. Site Control The developer must own or demonstrate evidence of site control of the proposed site. At a minimum, site control must extend 180 days past the date of application submission and is preferred to be for one year. Proof of site control should be submitted with the application. This can be in the form of a contract of sale, option agreement, long-term lease agreement, or deed or other documentation of ownership by the applicant. The applicant must exercise care in site selection. Site approval is subject to completion of an environmental assessment by RHS and sites with environmental problems will increase the amount of time necessary to complete this assessment. Proposals which will directly or indirectly impact protected resources, such as floodplains or wetlands, can require consideration of alternative sites, changes in project design, or the implementation of other mitigation measures to lessen adverse effects on the environment. L. Design Characteristics Housing constructed under this demonstration may be of any architectural style as long as it is permitted by local zoning laws, meets all applicable building codes, and fits with the character of the surrounding community. However, the facilities should not be of extravagant design and their size must be commensurate with the needs of the workers who will occupy the housing facility. When planning units for families, lower density building design and layout is normally desirable. Housing should be designed in such a manner that it will be decent, safe, sanitary, and modest in size and cost. Actual plans, specifications, and contract documents must be prepared in accordance with 7 CFR part 1924, subpart A. Building design is subject to the requirements of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, and any state or local accessibility requirements. For these reasons, buildings must be designed and constructed in accordance with the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards, the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, the Fair Housing Act Accessibility Guidelines, and any state or local standards. Particular attention should be given to 7 CFR 1924.13 which gives supplemental requirements for complex construction. All construction contracts must be awarded on the basis of competitive bidding unless an exception is granted in accordance with 7 CFR 1924.13. In either case, the Contractor must be reliable and experienced in the construction of projects of similar size, design, scope, and complexity. The construction contracts must contain the nondiscrimination language, in its entirety, that is required by E.O. 11246 (refer to 41 CFR 60–1.4(b) subparagraphs 1–7 for the specific language). The plans and specifications, including the construction contract, must be reviewed and accepted by RHS prior to the start of construction. H. Zoning A zoning designation adequate to develop the type of housing and number of units proposed is required. Evidence of proper zoning must be included with the application. Where there is a clear plan to have a site rezoned, a narrative explaining the situation and detailing the process and timeline for rezoning may be accepted. I. Utilities Adequate capacity to connect the project to water, sewer, electricity, and telephone services must be demonstrated. Letters from utility providers must be included in the application. If on-site utilities are proposed, engineering reports indicating correct soil types, adequate land capacity, etc. must be included in the application. J. Appraisals As required by 7 CFR 3015.56, if land is being donated as part of the grantee’s contribution, the market value must be set by an independent appraiser and certified by a responsible official of the grantee. An appraisal will also be PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 K. Market Demand Projects funded under this RFP shall be in markets with demonstrated need for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery worker housing. All applications should include documentation of this need in the form of a market analysis, survey, or other documentation of need. E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Until the plans and specifications have been approved and the grant is closed, construction work should not be started. When there are construction changes that affect design, costs, or time, the change must be documented as a contract change order and must be signed by the borrower, borrower’s architect, contractor, and Agency representative before the work involved in the change is started or the costs are included in a payment request. Changes that do not affect design, costs, or time, may be handled as field orders and do not require Agency approval. RHS will conduct periodic inspections during construction to protect the interest of the Government. M. Civil Rights Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits recipients of Federal financial assistance from discriminating in their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, or national origin. It also requires recipients (1) to sign a civil rights assurance agreement (i.e., Form RD 400–4), (2) to collect statistical data on race and national origin, (3) submit to the Agency timely, complete, and accurate compliance reports so that the Agency can determine compliance with program regulations and applicable civil rights laws, and (4) to disseminate information to the public stating that the recipient operates a program that is subject to the non-discrimination requirements of Title VI and briefly explain the procedures for filing complaints. Borrowers and grantees must take reasonable steps to ensure that Limited English Proficiency (LEP) persons receive the language assistance necessary to afford them meaningful access to USDA programs and activities, free of charge. Failure to ensure that LEP persons can effectively participate in or benefit from federally-assisted programs and activities may violate the prohibition under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d and Title VI regulations against national origin discrimination. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits recipients of Federal financial assistance from discriminating against persons with disabilities and requires recipients to make their programs and activities accessible to, and usable by, persons with disabilities. The Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988) prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, and national origin in the sale, rental, or advertising of dwellings in providing services or VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 availability of residential real estate transactions. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits recipients of Federal financial assistance from discriminating in their programs and activities on the basis of age. Post award compliance reviews will be conducted in accordance with RD Instruction 1901–E, section 1901.204. As part of the grant proposal, the applicant must provide (1) a notice of all civil rights law suits filed against it; (2) a description of assistance applications they have pending in other Agencies and of Federal assistance being provided; (3) a description of any civil rights compliance reviews of the applicant during the preceding two years; and (4) a statement as to whether the applicant has been found in noncompliance with any civil rights requirements. Successful applicants have a duty to affirmatively further fair housing. Proposals will include specific steps that the applicant will take to promote, ensure, and affirmatively further fair housing. In the event Federal financial assistance will be used to obtain or improve real property, instruments of conveyance shall contain a covenant running with the land assuring nondiscrimination for the period the real property is used for the same or similar purpose the Federal financial assistance is extended or for another purpose involving the provisions of similar services or benefits. The covenant shall be as follows: ‘‘The property described herein was obtained or improved with Federal financial assistance and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations issued thereto. This covenant is in effect for as long as the property continues to be used for the same or similar purpose for which the financial assistance was extended, or for as long as the above recipient owns it, whichever is longer.’’ Contractors must comply with the Equal Employment Opportunity Executive Order 11246, as amended, and construction contracts must contain the specific non-discrimination language, in its entirety, that is required by the Executive Order. Before funds are disbursed, a preaward civil rights compliance review will be conducted by the Agency to determine whether the applicant is, and will be, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Fair Housing Act, and the Age PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39047 Discrimination Act of 1975. In addition, the Agency will conduct a Civil Rights Impact Analysis. N. Environmental Requirements All applications are subject to satisfactory completion of the appropriate level of environmental review by RHS in accordance with 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G. For the purposes of 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G, applications under this RFP will be considered as applications for the financing of multi-family housing. All applications are subject to the requirements of Executive Order 12898, ‘‘Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-income Populations.’’ All applications are subject to the flood insurance requirements of 7 CFR part 1806, subpart B. O. Applicable Regulations All grants funded under this program must meet the requirements of 7 CFR part 3015 and parts 3016 or 3019, as applicable, Rural Development Instruction 1924–A (7 CFR part 1924, subpart A), and 1924–C (7 CFR part 1924, subpart C). P. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number As required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), all grant applicants must provide a DUNS number when applying for Federal grants, on or after October 1, 2003. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line at 1–866–705–5711. Additional information concerning this requirement is provided in a policy directive issued by OMB and published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2003 (68 FR 38402–38405). III. Proposal Format A. Proposals must include the following: 1. Standard Form (SF)–424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance.’’ 2. Applicant’s DUNS number. 3. Documentation to evidence the applicant’s status as a private or public nonprofit agency, nonprofit cooperative, state or local government, or tribal organization. 4. Applicant’s Financial Statements. 5. Form HUD 935.2, ‘‘Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan.’’ 6. Form RD 3560–30, ‘‘Identity of Interest (IOI) Disclosure Certification’’ and, ‘‘Identity of Interest (IOI) Qualification.’’ 7. Form HUD 2530, ‘‘Previous Participation Certification.’’ E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 39048 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices 8. Form RD 1924–13, ‘‘Estimate and Certificate of Actual Cost.’’ 9. Form RD 3560–7, ‘‘Multiple Family Housing Project Budget’’ including rent schedule and operating and maintenance budget. 10. Form RD 1940–20, ‘‘Request for Environmental Information.’’ 11. A narrative statement that documents the applicant’s experience, knowledge, and capacity to develop multifamily housing. 12. A Sources and Uses Statement showing all sources of funding included in the proposed project. The terms and schedules of all sources included in the project should be included in the Sources and Uses Statement. 13. Applicant organizational documents (articles of incorporation, by laws, etc.). 14. A narrative description of the proposed project, including a description of site, housing, amenities, etc. 15. A location map showing the site and surrounding services. 16. Evidence of site control. 17. Evidence of proper zoning or explanation of how proper zoning will be achieved. 18. Evidence of utilities availability or evidence that the site is suitable for onsite utilities. 19. A description of any related facilities including justification and cost of such facilities. 20. Schematic design drawings including a site plan, building elevations, and floor plans. 21. Outline specifications. 22. A statement agreeing to pay any cost overruns from the applicant’s own sources. 23. Documentation of need in the form of a market study, survey, or other sources. 24. A list of all other funding sources and conditional commitments from those funding sources. The conditional commitments must provide the costs of those funds (i.e., rates, terms, fees, etc.). 25. If seeking points under Evaluation Criteria, Paragraph IV.B., a copy of the Tenant Services Plan and letters from the service provider which document that they will provide the service on-site and on a reoccurring basis. 26. Form RD 400–4, Assurance Agreement. B. The above items are required for the RFP response. If a proposal is accepted for further processing, there will be additional submittals required. IV. Evaluation Criteria A. Leveraging (Up to 40 Points) Points will be awarded based on the percent of non-RHS funds specifically VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 identified and designated to supplement RHS funds. Leveraged funds may include donated land. In the case of donated land, the amount of leveraging will be determined by an opinion of value to be prepared by an independent, licensed appraiser. Points will be awarded as follows: Percent of leveraging Points Over 50% .......................................... 21% to 50% ...................................... 10 5 Additional points will be awarded based on the cost of the leveraged funds. A maximum of 30 points will be awarded under this criteria. If a proposal has multiple funding sources, points will be awarded proportionately to the amount that each funding source provides, as a percentage of the applicant’s contribution. Points will be awarded as follows: Cost of leveraged funds Points 10. Mentoring programs where young adults mentor adolescents or more established adults mentor other adults. 11. Community meeting centers. 12. Recreation centers located within housing complexes. 13. Nutritional services. 14. Transportation services. A Tenant Services Plan must be submitted with the application to receive points under this criteria. In addition, letters from the service provider must be submitted. The letters from the service providers must document that they will provide the services at the project site and on a regular, reoccurring basis. In addition, the proposed design of the housing must include the necessary physical space for the services to be provided on-site. Unless each of the above requirements are met, points will not be awarded. Five points will be awarded for each resident service included in the tenant services plan up to a maximum of 25 points. C. Energy Generation and Energy Conservation (Up to 5 Points) In an effort to implement USDA’s 25 nationwide initiative to promote renewable energy and energy 15 conservation, Rural Development (RD) has adopted incentives for energy generation and energy conservation. Participation in these nationwide 5 initiatives is voluntary, but is strongly encouraged. B. Tenant Services (Up to 25 Points) Energy Generation. Applicants will be awarded points if the proposal includes Points will be awarded based on the presence of and extent to which a tenant the installation of energy generation services plan exists that clearly outlines systems to be funded by a third party. The proposal must include an overview services that will be provided to of the energy generation system being residents of the proposed project. proposed. Evidence that an energy These services include but are not generation system has been funded by a limited to: third party and that it has a quantifiable 1. Day care or before and after school positive impact on energy consumption child care. will be required. (5 points) 2. Computer learning centers. Energy Conservation. Applicants will 3. Homeownership and budget be awarded points to construct (or counseling. substantially rehabilitate) housing that 4. Parenting programs for young parents (such as family support centers), earns the ENERGY STAR label for new residential construction. Units earning parenting skills sessions for all interested parents, and parent and child the ENERGY STAR label must be independently verified to meet activities. 5. Literacy programs (such as book guidelines for energy efficiency as set by clubs, toddler reading programs, story the U.S. Environmental Protection groups), libraries and book sharing Agency. All procedures used in groups or centers. verifying a unit for the ENERGY STAR 6. Art activities or art centers for label must comply with National Home children that include painting, Energy Ratings System (HERS) photography, ceramics, etc. guidelines. ENERGY STAR guidelines 7. Health education and referral or for residential construction apply to health care outreach centers. homes that are three stories or less and 8. Job training and preparation single or low-rise multi-family centers. residential buildings. 9. Housing services and/or The Applicant will include in the community coordinators. narrative an explanation of how they Grant funds without any repayment costs .............................................. Loans with interest rates below the 10-year Fed bond rate .................. Loans with interest rates above the 10-year Fed bond rate (but less then 101 basis points above it) .... Loans with interest rates more than 100 basis points above the Fed bond rate (but no more than 200 points above it) ............................. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30 E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices plan to incorporate ENERGY STAR. Construction plans pertaining to energy efficiency must be developed with, reviewed, and accepted by a HERS certified rater, the contractor, and the owner. Progress inspections must be made at appropriate times by a HERS certified rater to ensure that the housing is being constructed or rehabilitated according to ENERGY STAR specifications. In order to receive final payment, applicants will be required to submit the appropriate rating reports from the HERS rater to RD as evidence that the housing has been constructed to meet the standards of ENERGY STAR. For further information about ENERGY STAR, see http://www.energystar.gov or call the following toll-free numbers: (888) 782–7939 or (888) 588–9920 (TTY). (5 points) V. Review Process All proposals will be evaluated by a RHS grant committee. The grant committee will make recommendations to the RHS Administrator concerning preliminary eligibility determinations and for the selection of proposal for further processing, based on the selection criteria contained in this RFP and the availability of funds. The Administrator will inform applicants of the status of their proposals within 30 days of the closing date of the RFP. If the proposal is accepted for further processing, the applicant will be expected to submit additional information prior to grant obligation. In addition, RHS must complete the appropriate level of environmental review prior to grant obligation. The applicant is expected to assist RHS, as necessary, in the development of this environmental review. In the event that an application is selected for further processing and the applicant either declines or reduces the size of their grant request, the RHS National Office will, at its discretion, either select the next highest ranked unfunded proposal or not utilize the funds for this demonstration project. Prior to grant obligation, grant recipients shall enter into the grant agreement provided as Appendix A to this RFP. The applicant will have one year from the date of the obligation of grant funds to begin construction. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES VI. RHS Monitoring During construction, RHS will take part in periodic progress meetings at the project site and shall inspect completed work. RHS approval of work completed must be given before grant funds can be disbursed for that work. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 RHS monitoring shall continue throughout the useful life of the project or until the grant is terminated under provisions established in 7 CFR part 3015 and parts 3016 or 3019, as applicable. Monitoring shall consist of initial and annual tenant certifications, civil rights compliance reviews, triennial physical inspections, annual proposed and actual operating budgets, and annual audits. If other funding sources involved in the project require reporting, those formats may be used in place of RHS methods as long as those formats meet RHS requirements. Tenants and grantees must execute an Agency-approved tenant certification form establishing the tenant’s eligibility prior to occupancy. In addition, tenant households must be recertified and must execute a tenant certification form at least annually. Grantees will submit to a triennial (once every three years) physical inspection of the project. RHS will inspect for health and safety issues, deferred maintenance, and other physical problems that can endanger the provision of decent, affordable housing to the target population on a long-term basis. Annual proposed and actual operating and maintenance budgets will be required to insure that all project needs are being met and all RHS guidelines are being followed. The form of operating and maintenance budgets will be designated by RHS. The grantee must submit annual audits of the project finances to RHS in accordance with the requirements established by OMB, in accordance with in 7 CFR part 3052. Nondiscrimination Statement ‘‘The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720– 2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. 20250–9410 or call (800) 795–3272 (voice) or (202) 720–6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39049 opportunity provider, employer, and lender.’’ Dated: July 9, 2007. Russell T. Davis, Administrator, Rural Housing Service. Appendix A—Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grant Agreement United States Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grant Agreement This Grant Agreement (Agreement) dated llll, ll, is a contract for receipt of grant funds under the Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grant Demonstration Program authorized in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (Pub. L. 108–199). This grant will be administered under the Request for Proposals (RFP): Demonstration Program for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Seafood Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grants published in the Federal Register on llll, 2007, and the regulations governing the Farm Labor Housing Grant program (7 CFR part 3560 subpart L and 7 CFR 3560 subpart E). These requirements do not supersede the applicable requirements for receipt of Federal funds stated in 7 CFR parts 3015, ‘‘Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations,’’ 3016 ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments,’’ or 3019, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-profit Organizations.’’ Further, all relevant regulatory requirements, including 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016 and 3019, apply to applicants whether contained in here or not. Between llllllllllll, a private or public nonprofit agency, nonprofit cooperative, state or local government, or tribal organization (Grantee) and the United States of America acting through the Rural Housing Service (RHS), Department of Agriculture, (Grantor) Witnesseth: All references herein to ‘‘Project’’ refer to a Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing facility to serve a rural community generally known as llll. The principal amount of the grant is $llll (Grant Funds) which is llll percent of Project costs. Whereas Grantee has determined to undertake the acquisition, construction, enlargement, capital improvement, or purchase of equipment for a project with a total estimated cost of $llll. Grantee is able to finance and has committed $llll of Project costs. The Grantor has agreed to give the Grantee the Grant Funds, subject to the terms and conditions established by the Grantor. Provided, however, that any Grant Funds actually advanced and not needed for grant purposes shall be returned immediately to the Grantor. The Grantor may terminate the grant in whole, or in part, at any time before the date of completion, whenever it is determined that the Grantee has failed to E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 39050 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices comply with the conditions of this Agreement or the applicable regulations. As a condition of this Agreement, the Grantee assures and certifies that it is in compliance with and will comply in the course of the Agreement with all applicable laws, regulations, Executive Orders, and other generally applicable requirements, including those contained in 7 CFR 3015.205(b), which are incorporated into this Agreement by reference, and such other statutory provisions as are specifically contained herein. Now, therefore, in consideration of said grant, and completing and reviewing the collection of information, Grantee agrees that Grantee will: A. Cause said Project to be constructed within the total sums available to it, including Grant Funds, in accordance with any architectural or engineering reports, and any necessary modifications, prepared by Grantee and approved by Grantor. B. Provide periodic reports as required by Grantor and permit periodic inspection of the Project by a representative of the Grantor. For grant-only Projects, Form SF–269, ‘‘Financial Status Report,’’ and a project performance report will be required on a quarterly basis (due 15 working days after each calendar quarter). A final project performance report will be required with the last ‘‘Financial Status Report.’’ The final report may serve as the last quarterly report. Grantees shall constantly monitor performance to ensure that time schedules are being met, projected work by time periods is being accomplished, and other performance objectives are being achieved. The project performance reports shall include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. A comparison of actual accomplishments to the objectives established for that period; 2. Reasons why established objectives were not met; 3. Problems, delays, or adverse conditions which will affect attainment of overall project objectives, prevent meeting time schedules or objectives, or preclude the attainment of particular project work elements during established time periods. This disclosure shall be accomplished by a statement of the action taken or planned to resolve the situation; and 4. Objectives and timetables established for the next reporting period. C. Manage, operate, and maintain the facility, including this Project if less than the whole of said facility, continuously in an efficient and economical manner. D. Not use grant funds to replace any financial support previously provided or assured from any other source. The Grantee agrees that the Grantee’s level of expenditure for the Project shall be maintained and not reduced as a result of Grant Funds. E. Make the public facility or services available to all persons in Grantee’s service area without discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability at reasonable rates, including assessments, taxes, or fees. Grantee may make modifications as long as they are reasonable and nondiscriminatory. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 Grantee agrees to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title XI of the Education Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title XI of the Education Act of 1972, Title VIII of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 as amended in 1988, and Executive Order 11246. The Grantee will make the public facility or service available to all persons in the Grantee’s service area without regard to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex national origin, age, martial status and disability. Grantee will make known to tenants and applicants the reasonable accommodation requirements under the Fair Housing Amendments Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Departmental Regulations. Grantee is required to make modification at the complex’s expense, unless to so, would cause an undue financial or administrative burden. F. Execute any agreements required by Grantor which Grantee is legally authorized to execute. If any such agreement has been executed by Grantee as a result of a loan being made to Grantee by Grantor contemporaneously with the making of this grant, that agreement applies equally to the grant and another identical agreement need not be executed in connection with this grant. G. Repay to Grantor the Grant Funds with any legally permitted interest from the date of any default under its representations or agreements contained in this instrument. The provisions of this Agreement may be enforced by Grantor, at its option and without regard to prior waivers of previous defaults by Grantee, by judicial proceedings to require specific performance of the terms of this Agreement or by such other proceedings in law or equity, in either Federal or State courts, as may be deemed necessary by Grantor to assure compliance with the provisions of this Agreement and the laws and regulations under which this grant is made. H. Use the real property including land, improvements, structures, and appurtenances thereto, for authorized purposes of the grant as long as needed. 1. Title to real property shall vest in the Grantee subject to the condition that the Grantee shall use the real property for the authorized purpose of the original grant as long as needed. 2. The Grantee shall obtain Grantor’s approval to use the real property in other projects when the Grantee determines that the property is no longer needed for the original grant purposes. Use in other projects shall be limited to those under other Federal grant programs or programs that have purposes consistent with those authorized for support by the Grantor. 3. When the real property is no longer needed, as provided in Paragraphs H.1 and H.2 above, the Grantee shall request disposition instructions from the Grantor. This Grant Agreement covers the following described real property (use continuation sheets as necessary). I. Abide by the following conditions pertaining to equipment which is furnished PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 by the Grantor or acquired wholly or in part with Grant Funds. Equipment means tangible, non-expendable personal property having a useful life of more than one year. 1. Use of equipment. (a) The Grantee shall use the equipment in the Project for which it was acquired as long as needed. When no longer needed for the original project, the Grantee shall dispose or use the equipment in accordance with 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016 or 3019 whichever is applicable. 3. The Grantee’s property management standards for equipment shall include: (a) Property records which accurately provide for: A description of the equipment; manufacturer’s serial number or other identification number; acquisition date and cost; source of the equipment; percentage (at the end of budget year) of Federal participation in the cost of the Project for which the equipment was acquired; location, use, and condition of the equipment and the date the information was reported; and ultimate disposition data including sales price or the method used to determine current fair market value if the Grantee reimburses the Grantor for its share. (b) A physical inventory of equipment shall be taken and the results reconciled with the equipment records at least once every two years to verify the existence, current utilization, and continued need for the equipment. (c) A control system shall be in effect to ensure adequate safeguards to prevent loss, damage, or theft of the equipment. Any loss, damage, or theft of equipment shall be investigated and fully documented. (d) Adequate maintenance procedures shall be implemented to keep the equipment in good condition. (e) Proper sales procedures shall be established for unneeded equipment which would provide for competition to the extent practicable and result in the highest possible return. This Grant Agreement covers the following described equipment (use continuation sheets as necessary). J. Provide Financial Management Systems which will include: 1. Accurate, current, and complete disclosure of the financial results of each grant. Financial reporting will be on an accrual basis. 2. Records which identify adequately the source and application of funds for grantsupported activities. Those records shall contain information pertaining to grant awards and authorizations, obligations, unobligated balances, assets, liabilities, outlays, and income. 3. Effective control over and accountability for all funds, property, and other assets. Grantees shall adequately safeguard all such assets and shall ensure that they are used solely for authorized purposes. 4. Accounting records supported by source documentation. K. Retain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the grant for a period of at least three years after grant closing except that the records shall be retained beyond the three-year period if audit findings have not E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 17, 2007 / Notices been resolved. Microfilm or photocopies or similar methods may be substituted in lieu of original records. The Grantor and the Comptroller General of the United States, or any of their duly authorized representatives, shall have access to any books, documents, papers, and records of the Grantee’s which are pertinent to the specific grant program for the purpose of making audits, examinations, excerpts, and transcripts. L. Provide either an audit report, annual financial statements, or other documentation prepared in accordance with Grantor regulations to allow the Grantor to determine that funds have been used in compliance with the proposal, any applicable laws and regulations, and this Agreement. M. Agree to account for and to return to Grantor interest earned on grant funds pending their disbursement for program purposes when the Grantee is a unit of local government. States and agencies or an instrumentality of a State shall not be held accountable for interest earned on Grant Funds pending their disbursement. N. Not encumber, transfer or dispose of the property or any part thereof, furnished by the Grantor or acquired wholly or in part with Grantor funds without the written consent of the Grantor except as provided in Paragraphs H and I. O. Not duplicate other Project purposes for which monies have been received, are committed, or are applied to from other sources (public or private). P. From construction completion throughout the term of the grant, the grantee shall submit on an annual basis, or as needed, the following: 1. Project Operating Budget to be completed on Form RD 1930–7 ‘‘Multiple Family Housing Project Budget.’’ All sections of the budget are to be completed including, but not limited to, proposed and actual income and expense estimates, operating and maintenance expenses, special account statements (reserve, tax and insurance, and security deposit accounts) and capital improvement budgets. 2. Annual Tenant Certification to be completed on Form RD 1944–8, ‘‘Tenant Certification.’’ This document shall be the official means by which tenant eligibility is established. This document must be completed by each tenant and the Grantee at the time of initial move-in, following a fluctuation in tenant income or change in employment sector (processing to nonprocessing), and on each annual lease anniversary. The Grantee shall verify tenant income and employment sector with pay stubs, employer letters, or other documents which can verify the tenant’s employment in agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery work and the tenants household income. 3. Other forms and reports as required by Federal, State, or local statute. Q. Use of Real Property. The facility shall remain in use for its initially designated purpose of providing housing for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers. Grantee will not require any occupant of the housing or related facilities, as a condition of occupancy, to work or be employed by any particular processor, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:40 Jul 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 fishery, or other place, or work for or be employed by any particular person, firm, or interest. When no longer needed, RHS may approve the use of the property for other uses in accordance with 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016 and 3019, whichever is applicable. Grantor Agrees That It: A. Will make available to Grantee for the purpose of this Agreement not to exceed $llll which it will advance to Grantee to meet but not to exceed ll percent of the Project development costs in accordance with the actual needs of Grantee as determined by Grantor. B. Will assist Grantee, within available appropriations, with such technical assistance as Grantor deems appropriate in planning the Project and coordinating the plan with local official comprehensive plans for essential community facilities and with any State or area plans for the area in which the project is located. C. At its sole discretion and at any time, may give any consent, deferment, subordination, release, satisfaction, or termination of any or all of Grantee’s grant obligations, with or without valuable consideration, upon such terms and conditions as Grantor may determine to be (1) advisable to further the purpose of the grant or to protect Grantor’s financial interest therein and (2) consistent with both the statutory purposes of the grant and the limitations of the statutory authority under which it is made. Termination of This Agreement This Agreement may be terminated for cause in the event of default on the part of the Grantee or for convenience of the Grantor and Grantee prior to the date of completion of the grant purpose. Termination for convenience will occur when both the Grantee and Grantor agree that the continuation of the Project will not produce beneficial results commensurate with the further expenditure of funds. In witness whereof, Grantee has this day authorized and caused this Agreement to be executed by lllllllllllllllllllll and attested with its corporate seal affixed (if applicable) by lllllllllllllllllllll 39051 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign–Trade Zones Board [Docket 39–2006] Foreign–Trade Zone 29 – Louisville, Kentucky, Application for Subzone Status, NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc., Plant, (Forklift Trucks), Amendment of Application: Additional Site Notice is hereby given that the application submitted by the Louisville and Jefferson County Riverport Authority, grantee of FTZ 29, requesting special–purpose subzone status for the forklift truck manufacturing facility of NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG), located in Berea, Kentucky (71 FR 54611, 9–18–2006) has been amended to include an additional site (1 warehouse/195,000 sq.ft./22 acres) comprised of Building 105 located at 145 Hi Lane Drive in Richmond (Madison County), Kentucky. Public comment is invited from interested parties. The comment period is hereby reopened until [30 days from date of publication]. Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. A copy of the application and the amendment is available for public inspection at each of the following locations: U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center, 1600 World Trade Center, 333 W. Vine Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507; and, Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign– Trade Zones Board, Room 2111, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20230–0002. For further information, contact Pierre Duy, examiner, at pierrelduy@ita.doc.gov, or (202) 482–1378. Dated: July 10, 2007. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–13823 Filed 7–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S Attest: lllllllllllllllllllll By lllllllllllllllllll DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (Title) lllllllllllllllll Foreign–Trade Zones Board United States of America Rural Housing Service [Docket 22–2007] By lllllllllllllllllll Foreign–Trade Zone 86 – Tacoma, (Name) lllllllllllllllll Washington, Expansion of (Title) lllllllllllllllll Manufacturing Authority – Subzone [FR Doc. E7–13763 Filed 7–16–07; 8:45 am] 86D; Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company, Anacortes, Washington BILLING CODE 3410–XV–P PO 00000 An application has been submitted to the Foreign–Trade Zones (FTZ) Board Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 136 (Tuesday, July 17, 2007)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Housing Service


Request for Proposals (RFP): Demonstration Program for 
Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Seafood Processing and/or Fishery Worker 
Housing Grants

AGENCY: Rural Housing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces the availability of 
agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery worker 
housing grants in the States of Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and 
Wisconsin. This Notice was published on April 6, 2004, in the Federal 
Register, vol. 69, page 18040, to award $4,970,500 in grant funds for a 
housing demonstration program for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood 
processing and/or fishery workers in the above states.
    Public Law 108-199 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004) 
authorized RHS to establish a demonstration program to provide 
financial assistance (grants) for processing and/or fishery worker 
housing in the States of Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin. This 
RFP requests proposals from qualified private and public nonprofit 
agencies, non-profit cooperatives, state and local governments, and 
tribal organizations in Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin to 
construct housing for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing 
and/or fishery workers. Any one project may not receive grant funds of 
more than $1,370,595 from this program. Applications will only be 
accepted from applicants who will use the funds awarded in the 
following states: Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, or Wisconsin. Housing 
facilities constructed under this RFP are expected to increase the 
supply of housing for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing 
and/or fishery workers in markets where adequate housing is not 
available. The Agency has remaining funds in the amount of $1,370,595 
which will be awarded in this Notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Paperwork Reduction Act

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., OMB must 
approve all ``collections of information'' by RHS. The Act defines 
``collection of information'' as a requirement for ``answers to * * * 
identical reporting or recordkeeping requirements imposed on ten or 
more persons * * *.'' (44 U.S.C. 3502(3)(A)) Because this RFP will 
receive less than 10 applicants, the Paperwork Reduction Act does not 
apply.

General Information

    The agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery 
worker housing grants authorized by Public Law 108-199 are for the 
purpose of developing a housing demonstration program for agriculture, 
aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery worker housing in 
markets that have a demonstrated need for housing for such workers. 
Under Public Law 108-199, RHS had the authority to award $4,970,500 in 
grant funds for a housing demonstration program for agriculture, 
aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers in Alaska, 
Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin. This Notice is awarding the remaining 
$1,370,595 for the aforementioned purposes.
    As part of the application, all applicants must also provide a Dun 
and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. As 
required by the Office of Management and Budget

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(OMB), all grant applicants must provide a DUNS number when applying 
for Federal grants, on or after October 1, 2003. Organizations can 
receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free 
DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711. Additional information 
concerning this requirement is provided in a policy directive issued by 
OMB and published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2003 (68 FR 
38402-38405).
    To comply with the President's Management Agenda, the Department of 
Agriculture is participating as a partner in the new government-wide 
site in FY 2007 grants.gov. The Web site can be found at http://
www.grants.gov. The Agriculture, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing 
and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grant [Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance 10.433] is one of the programs included at this Web 
site. Please note that you must locate the downloadable application 
package for this program by the CFDA Number or FedGrants Funding 
Opportunity Number, which can be found at http://www.fedgrants.gov. If 
you are an applicant under the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Seafood 
Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grant, you may submit your 
application to the Agency in either electronic or paper format. The 
deadline for electronic and paper format is based on the local time for 
each USDA Rural Development State Office.
    Users of grants.gov will be able to download a copy of the 
application package, complete it off line, and then upload and submit 
the application via the grants.gov site. You may not e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to RHS; however, the Agency 
encourages your participation in grants.gov. The following are useful 
tips and instructions on how to use the Web site:
     When you enter the grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site as well as the hours of operation. RHS strongly recommends that 
you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the 
application process through grants.gov. To use grants.gov, applicants 
must have a DUNS number.
     You may submit all documents electronically through the 
Web site, including all information typically included on the 
Application for Rural Housing Preservation Grants, and all necessary 
assurances and certifications.
     Your application must comply with any page limit 
requirements described in this NOFA.
     After you electronically submit your application through 
the Web site, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement from 
grants.gov that contains a grants.gov tracking number.
     RHS may request that you provide original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
     You must meet the closing date and local time deadline. If 
you experience technical difficulties on the closing date and are 
unable to meet the 5 p.m. (Washington, DC time) deadline, print out 
your application and submit it to your State Office.

DATES: The deadline for receipt of all applications in response to this 
RFP is 5 p.m., eastern time, on -------- 2007. The application closing 
deadline is firm as to date and hour. RHS will not consider any 
application that is received after the closing deadline. Applicants 
intending to mail applications must provide sufficient time to permit 
delivery on or before the closing deadline. Acceptance by a post office 
or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile (FAX), Cash 
on Delivery (COD), and postage due applications will not be accepted.

ADDRESSES: Applications should be submitted to Henry Searcy, Jr., 
Senior Loan Specialist, USDA Rural Development, Rural Housing Service, 
Multi-Family Housing Processing Division, STOP 0781, Room 1263, 1400 
Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-0781. RHS will date and 
time certify incoming applications to evidence timely receipt and, upon 
request, will provide the applicant with a written acknowledgement of 
receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and an 
application package, including all required forms, contact Henry 
Searcy, Jr., Senior Loan Specialist, USDA, Rural Housing Service, 
Multi-Family Housing Processing Division, Stop 0781, Room 1263, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0781, telephone (202) 
720-1753. (This is not a toll-free number.)

I. Purpose

    Public Law 108-199 authorized funds to implement a demonstration 
grant program for the construction of housing for agriculture, 
aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers in Alaska, 
Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin.
    The demonstration program has been designed to increase the supply 
of rental housing for a growing segment of the population whose needs 
are not currently being met. The program is expected to provide housing 
opportunities for processing workers in markets that cannot support 
other forms of conventional and government housing models. Grantees may 
not require any occupant of the housing or related facilities, as a 
condition of occupancy, to work or be employed by any particular 
processor, fishery, or other place, or work for or be employed by any 
particular person, firm, or interest.
    Developers of housing under this program will receive a grant of up 
to 80% of the Total Development Cost (TDC) of the project. TDC includes 
all hard costs, soft costs, initial operating reserves, administrative 
fees, furnishings and equipment, and related facilities.
    Housing constructed under this program may not receive RHS Rental 
Assistance or Operating Subsidies authorized under 42 U.S.C. 1490a for 
payment of tenant rents. Project financial models should be structured 
to work without rental subsidies while keeping rents affordable for the 
target population.
    Projects should be located close to tenants' workplaces and 
services as much as feasible. Location of the project is not limited to 
rural areas as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1490.

II. Project Threshold Criteria

    All applications must meet the minimum threshold requirements 
contained in this RFP. The threshold criteria are as follows:

A. Occupancy Requirements

    Eligibility for residency in facilities constructed under this RFP 
is limited to individuals and families who earn at least 40% of their 
income from work as an agriculture, aquaculture, or seafood processing 
and/or fishery worker and earn less than or equal to 60% of the 
National Median Income for a family of four as reported by the U.S. 
Census Bureau. Residents must be United States citizens or be legally 
admitted for permanent residence.

B. Eligible Grantees

    Eligibility for grants under this notice is limited to qualified 
private and public non-profit agencies, non-profit cooperatives, state 
and local governments, and tribal organizations in Alaska, Mississippi, 
Utah and Wisconsin to construct housing for agriculture, aquaculture, 
and seafood processing and/or fishery workers. Faith based applicants 
meeting these requirements are also eligible. Applicants must possess 
the experience, knowledge, and capacity to develop

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affordable multi-family housing in rural areas.

C. Grant Limit

    A grant under this RFP may fund up to 80% of a project's TDC. TDC 
includes all hard costs, soft costs, initial operating reserves, 
administrative fees, furnishings and equipment, and related facilities. 
Applications will only be accepted from the following states Alaska, 
Mississippi, Utah, or Wisconsin.

D. Equity Contributions and Leveraged Funds

    As stated above, a grant may fund up to 80% of the TDC which leaves 
at least 20% of the TDC to be funded from other sources. The applicant 
is encouraged to seek funding from sources with favorable rates and 
terms in order to keep rents within the reach of the target population. 
For this reason, additional selection points will be given to proposals 
that have funding with favorable rates and terms. Examples of such 
funding sources may include the Federal Home Loan Bank, the U.S. 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, or a State, county, or 
local government. Conventional loans may also be used; however, the 
rates and terms may not be in excess of what is common in the housing 
industry. For this purpose, the interest rate of any such loan may not 
exceed 200 basis points above the 10-year Treasury bond rate as of the 
date of grant closing. The term of any loan must be a minimum of 10 
years and it must be amortized over a 30 year period. Longer terms are 
preferred. The objective in setting these limits is to create 
affordable rents for the tenants. In each case, equity contributions 
and loans must be contributed and disbursed prior to the disbursement 
of any grant funds from the Agency.

E. Eligible Costs

    Eligible costs for grants under this RFP include all project 
related costs including all hard costs, soft costs, initial operating 
reserves, administrative fees, furnishings and equipment, and related 
facilities. Eligible costs also include technical assistance received 
from a non-identity of interest nonprofit organization with housing 
and/or community development experience, to assist the applicant in the 
development and packaging of its grant docket and project. Eligible 
costs for technical assistance is permitted by 7 CFR 3560.53 and may 
not exceed 4 percent of the TDC.

F. Term of Use

    The project will remain in use for the intended purpose as required 
under 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016, or 3019, as applicable. These provisions 
require the grant recipient to use the real property for the authorized 
purpose of the project. The type of security instrument will be 
determined, prior to grant closing, by the Agency's Regional Office of 
the General Counsel.

G. Site Control

    The developer must own or demonstrate evidence of site control of 
the proposed site. At a minimum, site control must extend 180 days past 
the date of application submission and is preferred to be for one year. 
Proof of site control should be submitted with the application. This 
can be in the form of a contract of sale, option agreement, long-term 
lease agreement, or deed or other documentation of ownership by the 
applicant. The applicant must exercise care in site selection. Site 
approval is subject to completion of an environmental assessment by RHS 
and sites with environmental problems will increase the amount of time 
necessary to complete this assessment. Proposals which will directly or 
indirectly impact protected resources, such as floodplains or wetlands, 
can require consideration of alternative sites, changes in project 
design, or the implementation of other mitigation measures to lessen 
adverse effects on the environment.

H. Zoning

    A zoning designation adequate to develop the type of housing and 
number of units proposed is required. Evidence of proper zoning must be 
included with the application. Where there is a clear plan to have a 
site rezoned, a narrative explaining the situation and detailing the 
process and timeline for rezoning may be accepted.

I. Utilities

    Adequate capacity to connect the project to water, sewer, 
electricity, and telephone services must be demonstrated. Letters from 
utility providers must be included in the application. If on-site 
utilities are proposed, engineering reports indicating correct soil 
types, adequate land capacity, etc. must be included in the 
application.

J. Appraisals

    As required by 7 CFR 3015.56, if land is being donated as part of 
the grantee's contribution, the market value must be set by an 
independent appraiser and certified by a responsible official of the 
grantee. An appraisal will also be required if project funds are used 
to purchase land.

K. Market Demand

    Projects funded under this RFP shall be in markets with 
demonstrated need for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing 
and/or fishery worker housing. All applications should include 
documentation of this need in the form of a market analysis, survey, or 
other documentation of need.

L. Design Characteristics

    Housing constructed under this demonstration may be of any 
architectural style as long as it is permitted by local zoning laws, 
meets all applicable building codes, and fits with the character of the 
surrounding community. However, the facilities should not be of 
extravagant design and their size must be commensurate with the needs 
of the workers who will occupy the housing facility. When planning 
units for families, lower density building design and layout is 
normally desirable. Housing should be designed in such a manner that it 
will be decent, safe, sanitary, and modest in size and cost. Actual 
plans, specifications, and contract documents must be prepared in 
accordance with 7 CFR part 1924, subpart A.
    Building design is subject to the requirements of section 504 of 
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, 
the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, and any state or local 
accessibility requirements. For these reasons, buildings must be 
designed and constructed in accordance with the Uniform Federal 
Accessibility Standards, the Americans with Disabilities Act 
Accessibility Guidelines, the Fair Housing Act Accessibility 
Guidelines, and any state or local standards.
    Particular attention should be given to 7 CFR 1924.13 which gives 
supplemental requirements for complex construction. All construction 
contracts must be awarded on the basis of competitive bidding unless an 
exception is granted in accordance with 7 CFR 1924.13. In either case, 
the Contractor must be reliable and experienced in the construction of 
projects of similar size, design, scope, and complexity. The 
construction contracts must contain the nondiscrimination language, in 
its entirety, that is required by E.O. 11246 (refer to 41 CFR 60-1.4(b) 
subparagraphs 1-7 for the specific language). The plans and 
specifications, including the construction contract, must be reviewed 
and accepted by RHS prior to the start of construction.

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    Until the plans and specifications have been approved and the grant 
is closed, construction work should not be started. When there are 
construction changes that affect design, costs, or time, the change 
must be documented as a contract change order and must be signed by the 
borrower, borrower's architect, contractor, and Agency representative 
before the work involved in the change is started or the costs are 
included in a payment request. Changes that do not affect design, 
costs, or time, may be handled as field orders and do not require 
Agency approval.
    RHS will conduct periodic inspections during construction to 
protect the interest of the Government.

M. Civil Rights

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits recipients of 
Federal financial assistance from discriminating in their programs and 
activities on the basis of race, color, or national origin. It also 
requires recipients (1) to sign a civil rights assurance agreement 
(i.e., Form RD 400-4), (2) to collect statistical data on race and 
national origin, (3) submit to the Agency timely, complete, and 
accurate compliance reports so that the Agency can determine compliance 
with program regulations and applicable civil rights laws, and (4) to 
disseminate information to the public stating that the recipient 
operates a program that is subject to the non-discrimination 
requirements of Title VI and briefly explain the procedures for filing 
complaints.
    Borrowers and grantees must take reasonable steps to ensure that 
Limited English Proficiency (LEP) persons receive the language 
assistance necessary to afford them meaningful access to USDA programs 
and activities, free of charge. Failure to ensure that LEP persons can 
effectively participate in or benefit from federally-assisted programs 
and activities may violate the prohibition under Title VI of the Civil 
Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d and Title VI regulations against 
national origin discrimination.
    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits recipients 
of Federal financial assistance from discriminating against persons 
with disabilities and requires recipients to make their programs and 
activities accessible to, and usable by, persons with disabilities.
    The Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, 
as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988) prohibits 
discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, 
familial status, and national origin in the sale, rental, or 
advertising of dwellings in providing services or availability of 
residential real estate transactions.
    The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits recipients of Federal 
financial assistance from discriminating in their programs and 
activities on the basis of age. Post award compliance reviews will be 
conducted in accordance with RD Instruction 1901-E, section 1901.204.
    As part of the grant proposal, the applicant must provide (1) a 
notice of all civil rights law suits filed against it; (2) a 
description of assistance applications they have pending in other 
Agencies and of Federal assistance being provided; (3) a description of 
any civil rights compliance reviews of the applicant during the 
preceding two years; and (4) a statement as to whether the applicant 
has been found in noncompliance with any civil rights requirements.
    Successful applicants have a duty to affirmatively further fair 
housing. Proposals will include specific steps that the applicant will 
take to promote, ensure, and affirmatively further fair housing.
    In the event Federal financial assistance will be used to obtain or 
improve real property, instruments of conveyance shall contain a 
covenant running with the land assuring non-discrimination for the 
period the real property is used for the same or similar purpose the 
Federal financial assistance is extended or for another purpose 
involving the provisions of similar services or benefits. The covenant 
shall be as follows:
    ``The property described herein was obtained or improved with 
Federal financial assistance and is subject to the provisions of Title 
VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation 
Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations 
issued thereto. This covenant is in effect for as long as the property 
continues to be used for the same or similar purpose for which the 
financial assistance was extended, or for as long as the above 
recipient owns it, whichever is longer.''
    Contractors must comply with the Equal Employment Opportunity 
Executive Order 11246, as amended, and construction contracts must 
contain the specific non-discrimination language, in its entirety, that 
is required by the Executive Order.
    Before funds are disbursed, a pre-award civil rights compliance 
review will be conducted by the Agency to determine whether the 
applicant is, and will be, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil 
Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the 
Fair Housing Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. In addition, 
the Agency will conduct a Civil Rights Impact Analysis.

N. Environmental Requirements

    All applications are subject to satisfactory completion of the 
appropriate level of environmental review by RHS in accordance with 7 
CFR part 1940, subpart G. For the purposes of 7 CFR part 1940, subpart 
G, applications under this RFP will be considered as applications for 
the financing of multi-family housing. All applications are subject to 
the requirements of Executive Order 12898, ``Federal Actions to Address 
Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-income 
Populations.''
    All applications are subject to the flood insurance requirements of 
7 CFR part 1806, subpart B.

O. Applicable Regulations

    All grants funded under this program must meet the requirements of 
7 CFR part 3015 and parts 3016 or 3019, as applicable, Rural 
Development Instruction 1924-A (7 CFR part 1924, subpart A), and 1924-C 
(7 CFR part 1924, subpart C).

P. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number

    As required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), all grant 
applicants must provide a DUNS number when applying for Federal grants, 
on or after October 1, 2003. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at 
no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line at 
1-866-705-5711. Additional information concerning this requirement is 
provided in a policy directive issued by OMB and published in the 
Federal Register on June 27, 2003 (68 FR 38402-38405).

III. Proposal Format

    A. Proposals must include the following:
    1. Standard Form (SF)-424, ``Application for Federal Assistance.''
    2. Applicant's DUNS number.
    3. Documentation to evidence the applicant's status as a private or 
public nonprofit agency, nonprofit cooperative, state or local 
government, or tribal organization.
    4. Applicant's Financial Statements.
    5. Form HUD 935.2, ``Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan.''
    6. Form RD 3560-30, ``Identity of Interest (IOI) Disclosure 
Certification'' and, ``Identity of Interest (IOI) Qualification.''
    7. Form HUD 2530, ``Previous Participation Certification.''

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    8. Form RD 1924-13, ``Estimate and Certificate of Actual Cost.''
    9. Form RD 3560-7, ``Multiple Family Housing Project Budget'' 
including rent schedule and operating and maintenance budget.
    10. Form RD 1940-20, ``Request for Environmental Information.''
    11. A narrative statement that documents the applicant's 
experience, knowledge, and capacity to develop multifamily housing.
    12. A Sources and Uses Statement showing all sources of funding 
included in the proposed project. The terms and schedules of all 
sources included in the project should be included in the Sources and 
Uses Statement.
    13. Applicant organizational documents (articles of incorporation, 
by laws, etc.).
    14. A narrative description of the proposed project, including a 
description of site, housing, amenities, etc.
    15. A location map showing the site and surrounding services.
    16. Evidence of site control.
    17. Evidence of proper zoning or explanation of how proper zoning 
will be achieved.
    18. Evidence of utilities availability or evidence that the site is 
suitable for on-site utilities.
    19. A description of any related facilities including justification 
and cost of such facilities.
    20. Schematic design drawings including a site plan, building 
elevations, and floor plans.
    21. Outline specifications.
    22. A statement agreeing to pay any cost overruns from the 
applicant's own sources.
    23. Documentation of need in the form of a market study, survey, or 
other sources.
    24. A list of all other funding sources and conditional commitments 
from those funding sources. The conditional commitments must provide 
the costs of those funds (i.e., rates, terms, fees, etc.).
    25. If seeking points under Evaluation Criteria, Paragraph IV.B., a 
copy of the Tenant Services Plan and letters from the service provider 
which document that they will provide the service on-site and on a 
reoccurring basis.
    26. Form RD 400-4, Assurance Agreement.
    B. The above items are required for the RFP response. If a proposal 
is accepted for further processing, there will be additional submittals 
required.

IV. Evaluation Criteria

A. Leveraging (Up to 40 Points)

    Points will be awarded based on the percent of non-RHS funds 
specifically identified and designated to supplement RHS funds. 
Leveraged funds may include donated land. In the case of donated land, 
the amount of leveraging will be determined by an opinion of value to 
be prepared by an independent, licensed appraiser. Points will be 
awarded as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                     Percent of leveraging                        Points
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Over 50%.......................................................       10
21% to 50%.....................................................        5
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Additional points will be awarded based on the cost of the 
leveraged funds. A maximum of 30 points will be awarded under this 
criteria. If a proposal has multiple funding sources, points will be 
awarded proportionately to the amount that each funding source 
provides, as a percentage of the applicant's contribution. Points will 
be awarded as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    Cost of leveraged funds                       Points
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Grant funds without any repayment costs........................       30
Loans with interest rates below the 10-year Fed bond rate......       25
Loans with interest rates above the 10-year Fed bond rate (but        15
 less then 101 basis points above it)..........................
Loans with interest rates more than 100 basis points above the         5
 Fed bond rate (but no more than 200 points above it)..........
------------------------------------------------------------------------

B. Tenant Services (Up to 25 Points)

    Points will be awarded based on the presence of and extent to which 
a tenant services plan exists that clearly outlines services that will 
be provided to residents of the proposed project.
    These services include but are not limited to:
    1. Day care or before and after school child care.
    2. Computer learning centers.
    3. Homeownership and budget counseling.
    4. Parenting programs for young parents (such as family support 
centers), parenting skills sessions for all interested parents, and 
parent and child activities.
    5. Literacy programs (such as book clubs, toddler reading programs, 
story groups), libraries and book sharing groups or centers.
    6. Art activities or art centers for children that include 
painting, photography, ceramics, etc.
    7. Health education and referral or health care outreach centers.
    8. Job training and preparation centers.
    9. Housing services and/or community coordinators.
    10. Mentoring programs where young adults mentor adolescents or 
more established adults mentor other adults.
    11. Community meeting centers.
    12. Recreation centers located within housing complexes.
    13. Nutritional services.
    14. Transportation services.
    A Tenant Services Plan must be submitted with the application to 
receive points under this criteria. In addition, letters from the 
service provider must be submitted. The letters from the service 
providers must document that they will provide the services at the 
project site and on a regular, reoccurring basis. In addition, the 
proposed design of the housing must include the necessary physical 
space for the services to be provided on-site. Unless each of the above 
requirements are met, points will not be awarded. Five points will be 
awarded for each resident service included in the tenant services plan 
up to a maximum of 25 points.

C. Energy Generation and Energy Conservation (Up to 5 Points)

    In an effort to implement USDA's nationwide initiative to promote 
renewable energy and energy conservation, Rural Development (RD) has 
adopted incentives for energy generation and energy conservation. 
Participation in these nationwide initiatives is voluntary, but is 
strongly encouraged.
    Energy Generation. Applicants will be awarded points if the 
proposal includes the installation of energy generation systems to be 
funded by a third party. The proposal must include an overview of the 
energy generation system being proposed. Evidence that an energy 
generation system has been funded by a third party and that it has a 
quantifiable positive impact on energy consumption will be required. (5 
points)
    Energy Conservation. Applicants will be awarded points to construct 
(or substantially rehabilitate) housing that earns the ENERGY STAR 
label for new residential construction. Units earning the ENERGY STAR 
label must be independently verified to meet guidelines for energy 
efficiency as set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. All 
procedures used in verifying a unit for the ENERGY STAR label must 
comply with National Home Energy Ratings System (HERS) guidelines. 
ENERGY STAR guidelines for residential construction apply to homes that 
are three stories or less and single or low-rise multi-family 
residential buildings.
    The Applicant will include in the narrative an explanation of how 
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plan to incorporate ENERGY STAR. Construction plans pertaining to 
energy efficiency must be developed with, reviewed, and accepted by a 
HERS certified rater, the contractor, and the owner. Progress 
inspections must be made at appropriate times by a HERS certified rater 
to ensure that the housing is being constructed or rehabilitated 
according to ENERGY STAR specifications. In order to receive final 
payment, applicants will be required to submit the appropriate rating 
reports from the HERS rater to RD as evidence that the housing has been 
constructed to meet the standards of ENERGY STAR. For further 
information about ENERGY STAR, see http://www.energystar.gov or call 
the following toll-free numbers: (888) 782-7939 or (888) 588-9920 
(TTY). (5 points)

V. Review Process

    All proposals will be evaluated by a RHS grant committee. The grant 
committee will make recommendations to the RHS Administrator concerning 
preliminary eligibility determinations and for the selection of 
proposal for further processing, based on the selection criteria 
contained in this RFP and the availability of funds. The Administrator 
will inform applicants of the status of their proposals within 30 days 
of the closing date of the RFP.
    If the proposal is accepted for further processing, the applicant 
will be expected to submit additional information prior to grant 
obligation. In addition, RHS must complete the appropriate level of 
environmental review prior to grant obligation. The applicant is 
expected to assist RHS, as necessary, in the development of this 
environmental review. In the event that an application is selected for 
further processing and the applicant either declines or reduces the 
size of their grant request, the RHS National Office will, at its 
discretion, either select the next highest ranked unfunded proposal or 
not utilize the funds for this demonstration project.
    Prior to grant obligation, grant recipients shall enter into the 
grant agreement provided as Appendix A to this RFP.
    The applicant will have one year from the date of the obligation of 
grant funds to begin construction.

VI. RHS Monitoring

    During construction, RHS will take part in periodic progress 
meetings at the project site and shall inspect completed work. RHS 
approval of work completed must be given before grant funds can be 
disbursed for that work.
    RHS monitoring shall continue throughout the useful life of the 
project or until the grant is terminated under provisions established 
in 7 CFR part 3015 and parts 3016 or 3019, as applicable. Monitoring 
shall consist of initial and annual tenant certifications, civil rights 
compliance reviews, triennial physical inspections, annual proposed and 
actual operating budgets, and annual audits. If other funding sources 
involved in the project require reporting, those formats may be used in 
place of RHS methods as long as those formats meet RHS requirements.
    Tenants and grantees must execute an Agency-approved tenant 
certification form establishing the tenant's eligibility prior to 
occupancy. In addition, tenant households must be recertified and must 
execute a tenant certification form at least annually.
    Grantees will submit to a triennial (once every three years) 
physical inspection of the project. RHS will inspect for health and 
safety issues, deferred maintenance, and other physical problems that 
can endanger the provision of decent, affordable housing to the target 
population on a long-term basis.
    Annual proposed and actual operating and maintenance budgets will 
be required to insure that all project needs are being met and all RHS 
guidelines are being followed. The form of operating and maintenance 
budgets will be designated by RHS.
    The grantee must submit annual audits of the project finances to 
RHS in accordance with the requirements established by OMB, in 
accordance with in 7 CFR part 3052.

Nondiscrimination Statement

    ``The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits 
discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, 
color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, 
marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual 
orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or 
because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any 
public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all 
programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, 
etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and 
TDD).
    To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, 
Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. 
20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA 
is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.''

    Dated: July 9, 2007.
Russell T. Davis,
Administrator, Rural Housing Service.

Appendix A--Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grant Agreement

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service

Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grant Agreement

    This Grant Agreement (Agreement) dated --------, ----, is a 
contract for receipt of grant funds under the Processing and/or 
Fishery Worker Housing Grant Demonstration Program authorized in the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (Pub. L. 108-199). This grant 
will be administered under the Request for Proposals (RFP): 
Demonstration Program for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Seafood 
Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grants published in the 
Federal Register on --------, 2007, and the regulations governing 
the Farm Labor Housing Grant program (7 CFR part 3560 subpart L and 
7 CFR 3560 subpart E). These requirements do not supersede the 
applicable requirements for receipt of Federal funds stated in 7 CFR 
parts 3015, ``Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations,'' 3016 
``Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative 
Agreements to State and Local Governments,'' or 3019, ``Uniform 
Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with 
Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-profit 
Organizations.'' Further, all relevant regulatory requirements, 
including 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016 and 3019, apply to applicants 
whether contained in here or not.
    Between ------------------------, a private or public nonprofit 
agency, nonprofit cooperative, state or local government, or tribal 
organization (Grantee) and the United States of America acting 
through the Rural Housing Service (RHS), Department of Agriculture, 
(Grantor)
    Witnesseth:
    All references herein to ``Project'' refer to a Processing and/
or Fishery Worker Housing facility to serve a rural community 
generally known as --------. The principal amount of the grant is 
$-------- (Grant Funds) which is -------- percent of Project costs.
    Whereas
    Grantee has determined to undertake the acquisition, 
construction, enlargement, capital improvement, or purchase of 
equipment for a project with a total estimated cost of $--------. 
Grantee is able to finance and has committed $-------- of Project 
costs.
    The Grantor has agreed to give the Grantee the Grant Funds, 
subject to the terms and conditions established by the Grantor. 
Provided, however, that any Grant Funds actually advanced and not 
needed for grant purposes shall be returned immediately to the 
Grantor. The Grantor may terminate the grant in whole, or in part, 
at any time before the date of completion, whenever it is determined 
that the Grantee has failed to

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comply with the conditions of this Agreement or the applicable 
regulations.
    As a condition of this Agreement, the Grantee assures and 
certifies that it is in compliance with and will comply in the 
course of the Agreement with all applicable laws, regulations, 
Executive Orders, and other generally applicable requirements, 
including those contained in 7 CFR 3015.205(b), which are 
incorporated into this Agreement by reference, and such other 
statutory provisions as are specifically contained herein.
    Now, therefore, in consideration of said grant, and completing 
and reviewing the collection of information, Grantee agrees that 
Grantee will:
    A. Cause said Project to be constructed within the total sums 
available to it, including Grant Funds, in accordance with any 
architectural or engineering reports, and any necessary 
modifications, prepared by Grantee and approved by Grantor.
    B. Provide periodic reports as required by Grantor and permit 
periodic inspection of the Project by a representative of the 
Grantor. For grant-only Projects, Form SF-269, ``Financial Status 
Report,'' and a project performance report will be required on a 
quarterly basis (due 15 working days after each calendar quarter). A 
final project performance report will be required with the last 
``Financial Status Report.'' The final report may serve as the last 
quarterly report. Grantees shall constantly monitor performance to 
ensure that time schedules are being met, projected work by time 
periods is being accomplished, and other performance objectives are 
being achieved. The project performance reports shall include, but 
are not limited to, the following:
    1. A comparison of actual accomplishments to the objectives 
established for that period;
    2. Reasons why established objectives were not met;
    3. Problems, delays, or adverse conditions which will affect 
attainment of overall project objectives, prevent meeting time 
schedules or objectives, or preclude the attainment of particular 
project work elements during established time periods. This 
disclosure shall be accomplished by a statement of the action taken 
or planned to resolve the situation; and
    4. Objectives and timetables established for the next reporting 
period.
    C. Manage, operate, and maintain the facility, including this 
Project if less than the whole of said facility, continuously in an 
efficient and economical manner.
    D. Not use grant funds to replace any financial support 
previously provided or assured from any other source. The Grantee 
agrees that the Grantee's level of expenditure for the Project shall 
be maintained and not reduced as a result of Grant Funds.
    E. Make the public facility or services available to all persons 
in Grantee's service area without discrimination as to race, color, 
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual 
orientation or physical or mental disability at reasonable rates, 
including assessments, taxes, or fees. Grantee may make 
modifications as long as they are reasonable and nondiscriminatory. 
The Grantee agrees to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act 
of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age 
Discrimination Act of 1975, Title XI of the Education Act of 1973, 
the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title XI of the Education Act of 
1972, Title VIII of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 as amended in 1988, 
and Executive Order 11246. The Grantee will make the public facility 
or service available to all persons in the Grantee's service area 
without regard to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, 
religion, sex national origin, age, martial status and disability. 
Grantee will make known to tenants and applicants the reasonable 
accommodation requirements under the Fair Housing Amendments Act, 
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Departmental 
Regulations. Grantee is required to make modification at the 
complex's expense, unless to so, would cause an undue financial or 
administrative burden.
    F. Execute any agreements required by Grantor which Grantee is 
legally authorized to execute. If any such agreement has been 
executed by Grantee as a result of a loan being made to Grantee by 
Grantor contemporaneously with the making of this grant, that 
agreement applies equally to the grant and another identical 
agreement need not be executed in connection with this grant.
    G. Repay to Grantor the Grant Funds with any legally permitted 
interest from the date of any default under its representations or 
agreements contained in this instrument. The provisions of this 
Agreement may be enforced by Grantor, at its option and without 
regard to prior waivers of previous defaults by Grantee, by judicial 
proceedings to require specific performance of the terms of this 
Agreement or by such other proceedings in law or equity, in either 
Federal or State courts, as may be deemed necessary by Grantor to 
assure compliance with the provisions of this Agreement and the laws 
and regulations under which this grant is made.
    H. Use the real property including land, improvements, 
structures, and appurtenances thereto, for authorized purposes of 
the grant as long as needed.
    1. Title to real property shall vest in the Grantee subject to 
the condition that the Grantee shall use the real property for the 
authorized purpose of the original grant as long as needed.
    2. The Grantee shall obtain Grantor's approval to use the real 
property in other projects when the Grantee determines that the 
property is no longer needed for the original grant purposes. Use in 
other projects shall be limited to those under other Federal grant 
programs or programs that have purposes consistent with those 
authorized for support by the Grantor.
    3. When the real property is no longer needed, as provided in 
Paragraphs H.1 and H.2 above, the Grantee shall request disposition 
instructions from the Grantor.
    This Grant Agreement covers the following described real 
property (use continuation sheets as necessary).
    I. Abide by the following conditions pertaining to equipment 
which is furnished by the Grantor or acquired wholly or in part with 
Grant Funds. Equipment means tangible, non-expendable personal 
property having a useful life of more than one year.
    1. Use of equipment.
    (a) The Grantee shall use the equipment in the Project for which 
it was acquired as long as needed. When no longer needed for the 
original project, the Grantee shall dispose or use the equipment in 
accordance with 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016 or 3019 whichever is 
applicable.
    3. The Grantee's property management standards for equipment 
shall include:
    (a) Property records which accurately provide for: A description 
of the equipment; manufacturer's serial number or other 
identification number; acquisition date and cost; source of the 
equipment; percentage (at the end of budget year) of Federal 
participation in the cost of the Project for which the equipment was 
acquired; location, use, and condition of the equipment and the date 
the information was reported; and ultimate disposition data 
including sales price or the method used to determine current fair 
market value if the Grantee reimburses the Grantor for its share.
    (b) A physical inventory of equipment shall be taken and the 
results reconciled with the equipment records at least once every 
two years to verify the existence, current utilization, and 
continued need for the equipment.
    (c) A control system shall be in effect to ensure adequate 
safeguards to prevent loss, damage, or theft of the equipment. Any 
loss, damage, or theft of equipment shall be investigated and fully 
documented.
    (d) Adequate maintenance procedures shall be implemented to keep 
the equipment in good condition.
    (e) Proper sales procedures shall be established for unneeded 
equipment which would provide for competition to the extent 
practicable and result in the highest possible return.
    This Grant Agreement covers the following described equipment 
(use continuation sheets as necessary).
    J. Provide Financial Management Systems which will include:
    1. Accurate, current, and complete disclosure of the financial 
results of each grant. Financial reporting will be on an accrual 
basis.
    2. Records which identify adequately the source and application 
of funds for grant-supported activities. Those records shall contain 
information pertaining to grant awards and authorizations, 
obligations, unobligated balances, assets, liabilities, outlays, and 
income.
    3. Effective control over and accountability for all funds, 
property, and other assets. Grantees shall adequately safeguard all 
such assets and shall ensure that they are used solely for 
authorized purposes.
    4. Accounting records supported by source documentation.
    K. Retain financial records, supporting documents, statistical 
records, and all other records pertinent to the grant for a period 
of at least three years after grant closing except that the records 
shall be retained beyond the three-year period if audit findings 
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been resolved. Microfilm or photocopies or similar methods may be 
substituted in lieu of original records. The Grantor and the 
Comptroller General of the United States, or any of their duly 
authorized representatives, shall have access to any books, 
documents, papers, and records of the Grantee's which are pertinent 
to the specific grant program for the purpose of making audits, 
examinations, excerpts, and transcripts.
    L. Provide either an audit report, annual financial statements, 
or other documentation prepared in accordance with Grantor 
regulations to allow the Grantor to determine that funds have been 
used in compliance with the proposal, any applicable laws and 
regulations, and this Agreement.
    M. Agree to account for and to return to Grantor interest earned 
on grant funds pending their disbursement for program purposes when 
the Grantee is a unit of local government. States and agencies or an 
instrumentality of a State shall not be held accountable for 
interest earned on Grant Funds pending their disbursement.
    N. Not encumber, transfer or dispose of the property or any part 
thereof, furnished by the Grantor or acquired wholly or in part with 
Grantor funds without the written consent of the Grantor except as 
provided in Paragraphs H and I.
    O. Not duplicate other Project purposes for which monies have 
been received, are committed, or are applied to from other sources 
(public or private).
    P. From construction completion throughout the term of the 
grant, the grantee shall submit on an annual basis, or as needed, 
the following:
    1. Project Operating Budget to be completed on Form RD 1930-7 
``Multiple Family Housing Project Budget.'' All sections of the 
budget are to be completed including, but not limited to, proposed 
and actual income and expense estimates, operating and maintenance 
expenses, special account statements (reserve, tax and insurance, 
and security deposit accounts) and capital improvement budgets.
    2. Annual Tenant Certification to be completed on Form RD 1944-
8, ``Tenant Certification.'' This document shall be the official 
means by which tenant eligibility is established. This document must 
be completed by each tenant and the Grantee at the time of initial 
move-in, following a fluctuation in tenant income or change in 
employment sector (processing to non-processing), and on each annual 
lease anniversary. The Grantee shall verify tenant income and 
employment sector with pay stubs, employer letters, or other 
documents which can verify the tenant's employment in agriculture, 
aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery work and the 
tenants household income.
    3. Other forms and reports as required by Federal, State, or 
local statute.
    Q. Use of Real Property. The facility shall remain in use for 
its initially designated purpose of providing housing for 
agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery 
workers. Grantee will not require any occupant of the housing or 
related facilities, as a condition of occupancy, to work or be 
employed by any particular processor, fishery, or other place, or 
work for or be employed by any particular person, firm, or interest. 
When no longer needed, RHS may approve the use of the property for 
other uses in accordance with 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016 and 3019, 
whichever is applicable.
    Grantor Agrees That It:
    A. Will make available to Grantee for the purpose of this 
Agreement not to exceed $-------- which it will advance to Grantee 
to meet but not to exceed ---- percent of the Project development 
costs in accordance with the actual needs of Grantee as determined 
by Grantor.
    B. Will assist Grantee, within available appropriations, with 
such technical assistance as Grantor deems appropriate in planning 
the Project and coordinating the plan with local official 
comprehensive plans for essential community facilities and with any 
State or area plans for the area in which the project is located.
    C. At its sole discretion and at any time, may give any consent, 
deferment, subordination, release, satisfaction, or termination of 
any or all of Grantee's grant obligations, with or without valuable 
consideration, upon such terms and conditions as Grantor may 
determine to be (1) advisable to further the purpose of the grant or 
to protect Grantor's financial interest therein and (2) consistent 
with both the statutory purposes of the grant and the limitations of 
the statutory authority under which it is made.

Termination of This Agreement

    This Agreement may be terminated for cause in the event of 
default on the part of the Grantee or for convenience of the Grantor 
and Grantee prior to the date of completion of the grant purpose. 
Termination for convenience will occur when both the Grantee and 
Grantor agree that the continuation of the Project will not produce 
beneficial results commensurate with the further expenditure of 
funds.
    In witness whereof, Grantee has this day authorized and caused 
this Agreement to be executed by
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 [FR Doc. E7-13763 Filed 7-16-07; 8:45 am]
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