Notice of Funding Availability: Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration Program-Section 514, Section 515, and Section 516 for Fiscal Year 2014, 56741-56761 [2014-22476]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received by October 23, 2014. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720– 8681. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Rural Housing Service Title: 7 CFR 1951–E, Servicing of Community and Direct Business Programs Loans and Grants. OMB Control Number: 0575–0066. Summary of Collection: Rural Development (Agency) is the credit agency for agriculture and rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Community Facilities program is authorized to make loans and grants for the development of essential community facilities primarily serving rural residents. The Direct Business and Industry Program is authorized to make loans to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment, and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities. Section 331 and 335 of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended, authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Agency, to establish provisions for security servicing policies for the loans and grants in questions. If there is a problem which exists, a recipient of the loan, grant, or loan guarantee must furnish financial information which is used to aid in resolving the problem through reamortization, sale, transfer, debt restructuring, liquidation, or other means provided in the regulations. Need and Use of the Information: The Agency will use several different forms to collect information from applicants, borrowers, consultants, lenders and attorneys. This information is used to determine applicant/borrower eligibility and project feasibility for various servicing actions. The information enables field staff to ensure that borrowers operate on a sound basis and use loan and grant funds for authorized purposes. Description of Respondents: State, Local or Tribal Government; Not-forprofit institutions. Number of Respondents: 132. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 56741 Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 1,143. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Notice of Funding Availability: MultiFamily Housing Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration Program—Section 514, Section 515, and Section 516 for Fiscal Year 2014 Title: RD 3550–28, ‘‘Authorization Agreement for Preauthorization Payments’’; RD 1951–65, ‘‘Customer Initiated Payments (CIP)’’ and RD 1951– 66, ‘‘Fedwire Worksheet’’. OMB Control Number: 0575–0184. Summary of Collection: Rural Development (RD) uses electronic methods for receiving and processing loan payments and collections. These electronic collection methods are approved by Treasury and include Preauthorized Debits (PAD), Customer Initiated Payments (CIP), and FedWire. These electronic collection methods provide the borrower the ability to submit their loan payments the day prior to, or the day of their installment due date. To administer these electronic payment methods, RD will use approved agency forms for collecting financial institution routing information. Form RD 3550–28, Authorization Agreement for Preauthorized Payments, is prepared by the borrower to authorized RD to electronically collect regular loan payments from a borrower’s account at a financial institution (FI) as preauthorized debits. Form RD 1951–65, is prepared by the borrower to enroll in CIP. CIP is an electronic collection method that enables borrowers to input payment data to a contract bank via telephone (touch tone and voice) or computer terminal. Form RD 1951–66, FedWire Worksheet, is completed by the borrower to establish an electronic FedWire format with their FI. Need and Use of the Information: RD will request that borrowers make payments electronically via PAD, CIP, or FedWire. The information is collected only once unless the FI routing information changes. If the information were not collected, RD would be unable to collect loan payments electronically. Description of Respondents: Not-forprofit institutions; Business or other forprofit; State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 6,314. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 3,259. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–22562 Filed 9–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XV–P PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Rural Housing Service Rural Housing Service, USDA. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: USDA Rural Development, which administers the programs of the Rural Housing Service (Agency), announces the availability of $20 million in budget authority and the timeframe to submit applications to participate in a demonstration program to preserve and revitalize existing Rural Rental Housing (RRH) projects under Section 515, Section 514, and Section 516 of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended. Under the demonstration program, existing Section 515 MultiFamily Housing (MFH) loans and Sections 514/516 Off-Farm Labor Housing (FLH) loans will be restructured to ensure that sufficient resources are available to preserve the ability of rental projects to provide safe and affordable housing for very low-, low-, or moderate-income residents. Projects participating in this program will be expected to be revitalized to extend their affordable use without displacing tenants because of increased rents. No additional Agency Rental Assistance (RA) units will be made available under this program. DATES: Pre-applications in response to this Notice will be accepted until November 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The pre-application closing deadline is firm as to date and hour. The Agency will not consider any preapplication that is received after the closing deadline. Applicants intending to mail pre-applications must allow 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) and postage-due pre-applications will not be accepted. ADDRESSES: All hard copy preapplications and additional materials must be mailed to the attention of Sherry Engel or Tiffany Tietz, Finance and Loan Analyst, Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Direct Loan Division, STOP 0782, (Room 1263–S), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 0782. Assistance for filing electronic and hard copy pre-applications can be SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 56742 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices obtained from any Rural Development State Office. USDA Rural Development MFH State Office Contacts can be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ StateOfficeAddresses.html. (Note: Telephone numbers listed are not toll-free.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherry Engel or Tiffany Tietz, sherry.engel@wdc.usda.gov or tiffany.tietz@wdc.usda.gov, (715) 345– 7677 or (616) 942–4111, extension 126, Finance and Loan Analyst, MultiFamily Housing Preservation and Direct Loan Division, STOP 0782, (Room 1263–S) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 0782. (Please note these telephone numbers are not toll-free numbers.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Paperwork Reduction Act The information collection requirements contained in this Notice have received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Control Number 0570–0190. Overview Information Federal Agency Name: Rural Housing Service, USDA. Funding Opportunity Title: MultiFamily Housing Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration Program— Section 514, Section 515, and Section 516 for Fiscal Year 2014. Announcement Type: Inviting applications from eligible applicants for Fiscal Year 2014, Funding. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number (CFDA): 10.447. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Dates: Pre-applications in response to this Notice will be accepted until November 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The pre-application closing deadline is firm as to date and hour. The Agency will not consider any preapplication that is received after the closing deadline. Applicants intending to mail pre-applications must allow 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) and postage-due pre-applications will not be accepted. I. Funding Opportunities Description The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113–76 (January 17, 2014) authorized the Agency to conduct a demonstration program for the preservation and revitalization of the Section 515 MFH portfolio and Sections 514/516 Off-FLH portfolio. Section 514, Section 515 and Section 516 MFH programs are authorized by the Housing VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 Act of 1949, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1484, 1485, 1486) and provide Rural Development with the authority to provide financial assistance for lowincome MFH and FLH and related facilities as defined in 7 CFR Part 3560. A synopsis of this program and the pre-application’s universal resource locator (URL) will be listed by Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number or at Federal GrantsWire at http:// www.federalgrantswire.com. This Notice solicits pre-applications from eligible borrowers/applicants to restructure existing MFH projects already participating in the Agency’s Section 515 MFH portfolio and Sections 514/516 FLH portfolio for the purpose of revitalization and preservation. Eligible borrowers are sometimes referred to in this Notice as ‘‘applicants,’’ ‘‘borrowers,’’ ‘‘applicant/ borrowers,’’ or ‘‘owners’’ as seems most appropriate for the context of the relevant Notice provision. The demonstration program shall be referred to in this Notice as the Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration (MPR) Program. Agency regulations for the Section 515 MFH program and the Sections 514/516 FLH program are published at 7 CFR Part 3560. The intent of the MPR is to ensure that existing rental projects will continue to deliver decent, safe and sanitary affordable rental housing for 20 years, the remaining term of any Agency loan, or the remaining term of any existing Restrictive-Use Provisions (RUP) or prohibition, whichever ends later. Applications will be selected by the Agency by the process described in this Notice, and the selected applicants will be invited to participate in the MPR demonstration program. Upon written notification to the Agency from the selected applicant of their acceptance to participate, an independent third-party Capital Needs Assessment (CNA) will be conducted to provide a fair and objective review of projected capital needs. The Agency shall implement any restructuring proposal that may be offered under this Notice through an MPR Conditional Commitment (MPRCC) with the eligible borrower/ applicant, which will include all the terms and conditions offered by the Agency. One of the restructuring tools to be used in this program is debt deferral for up to 20 years of the existing Section 514 or Section 515 loans obligated prior to October 1, 1991. The cash flow from the deferred payment will be deposited, as directed by the Agency, to the reserve account to help meet the future physical needs of the project or to reduce rents. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Debt deferral is described as follows: MPR Debt Deferral: A deferral of the existing Section 514 or Section 515 Agency loan(s), obligated on or before October 1, 1991, for the lesser of either the remaining term of the existing Section 514 or Section 515 loan, or 20 years. All terms and conditions of the deferral will be described in the MPR Debt Deferral Agreement. A balloon payment of principal and accrued interest will be due at the end of the deferral period. Interest will accrue at the promissory note rate and, if applicable, the subsidy will be applied as set out in the Agency’s Interest Credit and Rental Assistance Agreement. Other Agency MPR tools are as follows: 1. MPR Grant: A grant limited to nonprofit applicants/borrowers only. The grant will be limited to the cost of correcting health and safety violations of a project identified by a CNA accepted by the Agency. The grant administration will be in accordance with applicable provisions of 7 CFR parts 3015 and 3019. 2. MPR Zero Percent Loan: A loan at zero percent interest. The loan’s maximum term and maximum amortization will be as authorized by the respective program authority. (a) For Section 515 RRH projects, the maximum term will be 30 years, and will be amortized over a maximum term of 50 years. (b) For Sections 514/516 projects, the loan will be amortized over a maximum term of 33 years. 3. MPR Soft-Second Loan: A loan with a one percent interest rate that will have its accrued interest and principal deferred to a balloon payment. The balloon payment will be due at the same time the latest maturing Section 514 or Section 515 loan already in place at the time of closing, or the maturity date of any current loan being re-amortized as part of the restructuring, is due. MPR funds cannot be used to build community rooms, add additional parking areas, playgrounds, laundry rooms or additional new units, unless the additional unit(s) are needed for the project to meet the 5 percent fully accessible requirement as defined by the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS), and the Agency concurs. However, other funding sources as outlined below in (i) through (vi) can be used either for such revitalization and/or improvements: i. Rural Development Section 515 Rehabilitation loan funds; ii. Rural Development Sections 514/ 516 Off-Farm rehabilitation loan/grant funds; E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices iii. Rural Development Section 538 Guaranteed RRH program financing; iv. Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Preservation Revolving Loan Program funds; v. Third-party loans, grants, tax credits and tax-exempt financing; and vi. Owner-provided capital contributions in the form of a cash infusion. A cash infusion cannot be a loan. Transfers, subordinations, and consolidations may be approved as part of a MPR transaction in accordance with 7 CFR Part 3560. If a transfer is part of the MPR transaction, and the transfer includes a seller payment and/or increase in the allowable Return to Owner, the transfer must first be underwritten to meet the requirements of 7 CFR 3560.406. The transfer underwriting may assume the deferral of all eligible Section 515 loans. After the transfer has been underwritten and concurred with by the Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration (MPR) program, the MPR transaction may be underwritten. For the purposes of the MPR, the restructuring transactions will be identified in three categories: 1. Simple transactions, which involve no change in ownership. 2. Complex transactions, which may consist of a project transfer to a new ownership, processed in accordance with 7 CFR 3560.406, with or without a consolidation, or transactions requiring a subordination agreement as a result of third-party funds. The applicant will submit one preapplication form. If a consolidation is proposed, all projects to be consolidated must be submitted on one preapplication form and be located in the same market area. To be considered in the same market area, projects must be: in a neighborhood or similar area where the property competes for tenants; managed under one management plan and one management agreement; and, in sufficiently close proximity to permit convenient and efficient management of the property. Applicants should discuss proposed consolidations with the Rural Development State Office in the State where the projects are located prior to filing their MPR pre-application to ensure Rural Development concurs with the application’s market area estimation. If either the Agency or the owner chooses to remove one or more projects from the proposal, this may be done without affecting the eligibility of the complex transaction. To be a complex VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 transaction, the Agency assumes only one project remains at the MPR closing. 3. Portfolio transactions includes two or more projects with one stay-in owner, or two or more projects with multiple project sale transactions to a common purchaser all located in one State: a stay-in-owner is defined as an existing Section 515 or Sections 514/516 borrower who owns two or more properties either as a single ownership entity or as separate legal entities with at least one common general partner. Each project included in the transaction will be submitted on a separate preapplication form unless some projects are located in the same market area, as defined above, and are being consolidated. Any projects in the portfolio proposed to be consolidated will be listed on the same preapplication form. Each pre-application must have the same portfolio name. If the owner chooses to remove one or more projects from the proposal, at least two projects must remain in order to be classified as a portfolio transaction. At the end of the transaction, the Agency assumes there will be two or more projects. The stay-in owner or common purchaser must have at least one general partner in common. A transaction within each category may utilize any or all restructuring tools. Restructuring tools available through the MPR program will be used to address preservation and rehabilitation items identified in the Agency-accepted CNA. Liens against the project, with the exception of Agency-deferred debt, cannot exceed the Agency-approved security value of the project. All Agency debt, either in first lien position or a subordinated lien position, must be secured by the project, except deferred debt, which is not included in the Agency’s total lien position for computation of the Agency’s security value. Payment of any deferred debt will not be required from normal project operations income, but from excess cash from project operations after all other secured debts are satisfied or as directed by the Agency. The general steps of the MPR application process are as follows: 1. Pre-application: Applicants must submit a pre-application as described in Section VI below. This pre-application process is designed to lessen the cost burden on all applicants, including those who may not be eligible or whose proposals may not be feasible. Note: If you receive a loan or grant award under this Notice, USDA reserves the right to post all information submitted as part of the pre-application/application package, which is not protected under the Privacy Act, on a PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56743 public Web site with free and open access to any member of the public. 2. Eligible Projects: Using criteria described below in Section III, the Agency will conduct an initial screening for eligibility. As described in Section VIII below, the Agency will conduct an additional eligibility screening later in the selection process. 3. Scoring and Ranking: All complete, eligible and timely-filed preapplications will be scored, ranked and put in potential funding categories as discussed in Sections VI and VII below. 4. Formal Applications: Top ranked pre-applicants will receive a letter from the Agency inviting them to submit a formal application. As discussed in Section VIII paragraph (2) of this Notice, the Agency will require the owner to provide a CNA completed in accordance with the Agency’s published guidance (available at http:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/HMF_MPR.html) to underwrite the proposal to determine financial feasibility. Applicants will be informed of any proposals that are determined to be ineligible or financially infeasible. Any proposal denied by the Agency will be returned to the applicant, and the applicant will be given appeal rights pursuant to 7 CFR part 11. 5. Financial Feasibility: The Agency will use the results of the CNA to help identify the need for resources and applicant provided information regarding anticipated or available thirdparty financing, in order to determine the financial feasibility of each potential transaction, using restructuring tools available either through existing regulatory authorities or specifically authorized through this demonstration program. A project is financially feasible when it can provide affordable, decent, safe, and sanitary housing for 20 years or the remaining term of any Agency loan, whichever ends later, by using the authorities of this program while minimizing the cost to the Agency, and without increasing rents for eligible tenants or farm laborers, except when necessary to meet normal and necessary operating expenses. If the transaction is determined financially feasible by the Agency, the borrower will be offered a restructuring proposal, subject to available funding. This will include a requirement that the borrower execute, for recordation, an Agency-approved restrictive-use covenant for a period of 20 years, the remaining term of any loans, or the remaining term of any existing restrictive-use provisions, whichever ends later. The restructuring proposal will be established in the MPRCC. E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 56744 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 6. MPR Agreements: If the offer is accepted by the applicant, the applicant must sign and return the MPRCC. By accepting the offer, the applicant agrees to the terms of the MPRCC. Any thirdparty lender will be required to subordinate to the Agency’s restrictiveuse covenant unless the Agency determines, on a case-by-case basis, that the lender’s refusal to subordinate will not compromise the purpose of the MPR. 7. General Requirements: The MPR transactions may be conducted with a stay-in owner (simple) or may involve a change in ownership (complex or portfolio). Any housing or related facilities that are constructed or repaired must meet the Agency design and construction standards and the development standards contained in 7 CFR part 1924, subparts A and C, respectively. Once constructed, Section 515 MFH and Sections 514/516 FLH projects must be managed in accordance with 7 CFR part 3560. Tenant eligibility will be limited to persons who qualify as an eligible household under Agency regulations. Tenant eligibility requirements are contained in 7 CFR 3560.152. II. Award Information The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113–76 (January 17, 2014), appropriated $20 million in budget authority to operate the MPR demonstration program. The budget authority is anticipated to make approximately $37.8 million available in program funds depending on the funding tools used. This funding remains available until expended. All Agency funding of applications selected under this Notice must be approved no later than September 30, 2016. Any pre-applications selected under this Notice, not approved by the Agency prior to September 30, 2016, will be considered withdrawn automatically, however, the applicants may reapply for funding under future Notices. Applicants are alerted that the Agency has unfunded applications carried over from prior Notices that will receive priority based on those Notices. If funds available for the MPR are fully committed before all eligible preapplications selected for further processing under this Notice, or prior Notices, are funded, the Agency shall suspend further processing of the preapplications at that time. III. Eligibility Information Applicants (and the principals associated with each applicant) must meet the following requirements: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 1. All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements included in 7 CFR 3560.55 and 3560.555. This Notice will require the selected applicants to make the required equity contribution as outlined in 3560.63(c). Loan applicants will not be given consideration for any increased equity value the property may have since the initial loan. Eligibility also includes the continued ability of the borrower/ applicant to provide acceptable management and will include an evaluation of any current outstanding deficiencies. Any outstanding violations, recorded in the Agency’s Automated MFH Information System (MFIS), will preclude further processing of any MPR applications associated with the borrower or Identity of Interest (IOI) management agent unless there is a current, approved workout plan in place and the plan has been satisfactorily followed for a minimum of 6 consecutive months, as determined by the Agency. 2. For Section 515 RRH projects, the average physical vacancy rate for the 12 months preceding the NOFA publication date can be no more than 10 percent for projects consisting of 16 or more revenue units and no more than 15 percent for projects less than 16 revenue units unless an exception applies under Section VI paragraph (1)(iii) of this Notice. If a project consolidation is involved, the consolidation will remain eligible so long as the average vacancy rate for each individual project meets the occupancy standard noted in this paragraph. Projects that do not meet the occupancy threshold at the time of filing the application may be withdrawn by the owner or the Agency without jeopardizing the application. 3. For Sections 514/516 FLH projects, rather than an average physical vacancy rate as noted in III(2) above, a positive cash flow for the previous full 3 years of operation is required unless an exception applies under Section VI paragraph (1)(iii) of this Notice. 4. Ownership of and ability to operate the project after the transaction is completed. In the event of a transfer, the proposed transferee must submit an executed purchase agreement or other evidence of site control in the name of the individual or entity proposing to purchase the property. 5. An Agency-approved CNA (for guidance refer to http:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/HMF_MPR.html) and an Agency financial evaluation must be conducted to ensure that utilization of the restructuring tools of the MPR program is financially feasible and necessary for the revitalization and preservation of the project for affordable PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 housing. Initial eligibility for processing will be determined as of the date of the pre-application filing deadline. The Agency reserves the right to discontinue processing any application due to material changes in the applicant’s status occurring at any time after the initial eligibility determination. 6. Please note that all grant-eligible applicants must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) prior to submitting a preapplication pursuant to 2 CFR 25.200(b). In addition, an entity applicant must maintain registration in the CCR database at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by the Agency. Similarly, all recipients of Federal Financial Assistance are required to report information about first-tier sub-awards and executive compensation, in accordance with 2 CFR part 170. So long as an entity applicant does not have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b), the applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the reporting requirements should the applicant receive funding. See 2 CFR 170.200(b). IV. Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Requirements USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. 1. Borrowers and applicants will comply with the provisions of 7 CFR 3560.2. 2. All housing must meet the accessibility requirements found at 7 CFR 3560.60(d). 3. All MPR participants must submit or have on file a valid Form RD 400–1, ‘‘Equal Opportunity Agreement’’ and Form RD 400–4, ‘‘Assurance Agreement.’’ The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities). If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http:// www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_ cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632–9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 9410, by fax (202) 690–7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities and who wish to file either an EEO or program complaint may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339 or (800) 845–6136 (in Spanish). Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES V. Authorities Available for MPR MPR tools will be used in accordance with 7 CFR part 3560. The program will be administered within the resources available to the Agency through Public Law 113–76 and any future appropriations for the preservation and revitalization of Sections 514/516 and Section 515-financed projects. In the event that any provisions of 7 CFR part 3560 conflict with this demonstration program, the provisions of the MPR will take precedence. VI. Application and Submission Information 1. The application submission and scoring process will be completed in two phases in order to avoid unnecessary effort and expense on the part of applicants. Phase I—The first phase is the preapplication process. The applicant must submit a complete pre-application by the deadline listed under the ‘‘DATES’’ section of this Notice. The applicant’s submission will be classified as ‘‘complete’’ when the MPR preapplication form is received in the correct format and place as described in this Notice for each MPR proposal the applicant wishes to be considered in the demonstration program. In the event the MPR proposal involves a project consolidation, it will be completed in accordance with 7 CFR 3560.410. One pre-application for the proposed consolidated project is required and must identify each project included in VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 the consolidation. If the MPR proposal involves a portfolio transaction (sale or stay-in owner), one pre-application for each project in the portfolio is required and each pre-application must identify each project included in the portfolio transaction. In order for the preapplication to be considered complete, all applicable information requested on the MPR pre-application form must be provided. Additional information that must be provided with the preapplication to be considered complete, when applicable, includes: i. For all transfers of ownership, a copy of a signed purchase agreement in the name of the purchasing entity must be provided. ii. A copy of a signed statement by all partners, agreeing to participate in the program. iii. Current market data (defined as no more than 6 months old at time of filing) for any project not meeting the occupancy standards cited in Section III (2) and (3) above. The market data must demonstrate there is market demand for the project evidenced by waiting lists and a housing shortage confirmed by local housing agencies and realtors, as determined by the Agency. The market data must show a clear need and demand for the project once a restructuring transaction is completed. The results of the survey of existing or proposed rental or labor housing, including complex name, location, number of units, bedroom mix, family or elderly type, year built, and rent charges must be provided, as well as the existing vacancy rate of all available rental units in the community, their waiting lists and amenities, and the availability of RA or other subsidies. The Agency will determine whether or not the proposal has market feasibility based on the data provided by the applicant. Any costs associated with the completion of the market data is NOT an eligible program project expense. Unless an exception under this section applies, the requirements stated in Section III, paragraph (2) and (3) of this Notice must be met. Note: All documents must be received on or before the pre-application closing deadline to be considered complete and timely filed. Pre-applications that do not include a Purchase Agreement for transfer proposals or current market data for projects that do not meet the occupancy standards of Section III paragraphs (2) and (3) of this Notice, will be considered incomplete and will be returned to the applicant with appeal rights. Phase II—The second phase of the application process will be completed by the Agency based on Agency records and the pre-application information submitted. All complete, eligible, and PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56745 timely-filed pre-applications will be scored and ranked based on points received during this two-phase application process. Further, the Agency will categorize each MPR proposal as being a Simple, Complex, or Portfolio transactions based on the information submitted on the pre-application, in accordance with the category descriptions provided in Section I of this Notice. 2. Pre-applications can be submitted either electronically or in hard copy. The Agency will record pre-applications received electronically by the actual date and time received in the MPR Web site mail box. This date may impact ranking of the application as discussed under section VII. For all hard copy preapplications received, the recorded receipt time will be the close of business time for the day received, for the location to which the pre-applications are sent. Assistance for filing electronic and hard copy pre-applications can be obtained from any Rural Development State Office. A listing of State Offices, their addresses, telephone numbers and person to contact is included under the ADDRESSES of this Notice. The pre-application is an Adobe Acrobat format and may be completed as a fillable form. The form contains a button labeled ‘‘Submit by Email.’’ Clicking on the button will result in an email containing a completed preapplication being sent to the MPR Web site mail box for consideration. If a purchase agreement or market survey is required, these additional documents are to be attached to the resulting email prior to submission. Pre-application forms may be downloaded from the Agency’s Web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HMF_ MPR.html or obtained by contacting the State Office in the State the project is located. VII. Selection for Processing A. Pre-application ranking points will be based on information provided during the submission process and in Agency records. Only timely, complete pre-applications will be ranked. Points will be awarded as follows: 1. Contribution of other sources of funds. Other funds are those discussed in items (i) through (vi) of Section I of this Notice. Points will be awarded based on documented written evidence that the funds are committed, as determined by the Agency. The maximum points awarded for this criterion is 25 points. These points will be awarded in the following manner: i. Evidence of a commitment of at least $3,000 to $5,000 per unit per E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 56746 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices project from other sources—15 points, or ii. Evidence of a commitment greater than $5,000 per unit per project from other sources—25 points. 2. Owner contribution. Points will be awarded if the owner agrees to make a contribution of at least $10,000 per project to pay transaction costs. (These funds cannot be from the project’s reserve, operating funds, tax credit equity or be in the form of donated services provided by the applicant.) Transaction costs are defined as those Agency-approved costs required to complete the transaction under this Notice and include, but are not limited to the CNA, legal and closing costs, appraisal costs and filing/recording fees. This contribution must be deposited into the respective project reserve account prior to closing the MPR transaction from the owner’s nonproject resources. 20 points. 3. Owner contribution for the hard costs of construction. (These funds cannot be from the project’s reserve account or project’s general operating account or in the form of a loan.) Hard costs of construction are defined as those costs for materials, equipment, property or machinery required to complete the proposal under this Notice. Hard costs must be itemized on Form RD 1924–13, ‘‘Estimate and Certificate of Actual Cost’’. Form RD 1924–13 can be found at: http:// forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/efcommon/ eFileServices/eForms/RD1924-13.PDF. The minimum contribution required to receive these points is $1,000 per unit per project, which will be required to be deposited in the project reserve account or supervised/construction account, as directed by Rural Development, prior to closing. An increased Return to Owner (RTO) may be budgeted and allowed for funds committed in accordance with 7 CFR 3560.406(d)(14)(ii). 10 points. 4. Special Initiatives and Memorandum of Understanding—Points may be awarded to applications received from any State where there is a recognized, State-funded program to be used for preservation and rehabilitation of existing Section 514 or Section 515 housing. To be eligible for these points, the State funds must be provided in the form of a grant and must be for a minimum of 30 percent of the total development cost. State funds do not need to be committed at the time of the application, however, if selected to proceed, the applicant must provide a written commitment of the funds from the State Agency within 45 days of selection. Failure to provide this information may result in the Agency VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 withdrawing the pre-application. 15 points. 5. Age of project. For a project consolidation (including portfolio transactions) proposal, the project with the earliest operational date (operational date is the date the project initially placed in service and documented in the Agency’s Multi-Family Housing Information System (MFIS)) will be used in determining the age of the project. Since the age of the project and the date the project placed in service are directly related to physical needs, a maximum of 30 points will be awarded based on the following criteria: i. Projects with initial operational dates prior to December 21, 1979—30 points. ii. Projects with initial operational dates on or after December 21, 1979, but before December 15, 1989—20 points. iii. Projects with initial operational dates on or after December 15, 1989, but before October 1, 1991—10 points. iv. Projects with initial operational dates on or after October 1, 1991—0 points. 6. Projects with open physical findings. The Agency may award up to 25 points to pre-applications involving projects that have been adversely impacted by an act of nature or where physical and/or financial deterioration or management deficiencies exist. Projects with Open Physical Findings classified ‘‘B’’, ‘‘C’’ or ‘‘D’’, as defined below, will be awarded in the following manner: i. CLASS ‘‘D’’ PROJECTS Class ‘‘D’’ projects are those projects that are in default and may be taken into inventory, be lost to the program, or cause the displacement of tenants. Defaults can be monetary or nonmonetary. Projects in non-monetary default are those where the Agency has notified the borrower of a violation using the Agency’s servicing letter process, and the borrower has not addressed the violation to the Agency’s satisfaction. ii. CLASS ‘‘C’’ PROJECTS Class ‘‘C’’ projects are projects with open physical findings or violations, which are not associated to a workout plan and/or transition plan. This can include projects with violations where a servicing letter has been issued but 60 days have not passed since the issuance of the first servicing letter. iii. CLASS ‘‘B’’ PROJECTS Class ‘‘B’’ projects indicate the Agency has taken servicing steps and the borrower is cooperating to resolve identified findings or violations by PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 associating a workout plan and/or transition plan. (a) For transfer proposals: 1. For projects classified as a ‘‘C’’ or ‘‘D’’ for 24 months or more—20 points. 2. For projects classified as a ‘‘C’’ or ‘‘D’’ for less than 24 months—15 points. (b) Stay-in owner proposals: 1. For projects classified as a ‘‘B’’ as a result of a workout plan and/or transition plan approved by the Agency prior to January 1, 2014—25 points. 2. Projects with an Agency ‘‘C’’ classification for 12 months or longer with open physical findings at the time the MPR pre-application is filed, will not be eligible to participate in the MPR. 7. Proposed or Closed Sale of Section 515 projects to Non-Profit/Public Housing Authority. The Agency will award 20 points for projects that have been sold to non-profit organizations under the prepayment process as explained in 7 CFR part 3560, Subpart N. To receive points, the borrower/ applicant must provide a copy of the purchase agreement and filed deed (if sale is already closed to an eligible nonprofit or public body)—20 points. 8. Prior approved CNAs. In the interest of ensuring timely application processing and underwriting, the Agency will award up to 20 points for projects with CNAs already approved by the Agency. ‘‘Approved’’ means the date the CNA or an updated CNA was previously reviewed and approved by the Agency. CNAs or updates before October 1, 2012, may not be used for MPR underwriting without an update approved by the Agency. Points will be awarded for: i. CNAs approved on or after October 1, 2013, but prior to the publication of this Notice—20 points. ii. CNAs approved on or after October 1, 2012, but prior to October 1, 2013— 10 points. 9. Tenant service provision. The Agency will award 5 points for applications that include new services provided by either a for-profit or a nonprofit organization, which may include a faith-based organization, or by another Government agency. Such services shall be provided at no cost to the project and shall be made available to all tenants. Examples of such services may include transportation for the elderly, afterschool day care services or after-school tutoring. 10. For portfolio sales and project consolidations, the Agency will award the following points: Proposal does not involve a consolidation of properties (0 points); proposal involves a consolidation of 2–4 properties (5 points); proposal involves a E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES consolidation of 5 or more properties (10 points). 11. Energy Conservation, Energy Generation, and Green Property Management. Under the MPR Energy Initiatives, projects may receive a maximum of 42 points under three categories: Energy Conservation, Energy Generation, and Green Property Management. i. Energy Conservation—30 points Pre-applications for rehabilitation and preservation of projects may be eligible to receive a maximum of 30 points for the following energy conservation measures. (a) Participation in the Green Communities program by the Enterprise Community Partners, http:// www.enterprisecommunity.com/ solutions-and-innovation/enterprise green-communities, or an equivalent Agency-approved program will be awarded 30 points for any project that qualifies for the program. At least 30 percent of the points needed to qualify for the Green Communities program must be earned under the Energy Efficiency section of the Green Communities qualification program. Green Communities has an initial checklist indicating prerequisites for participation. Each applicant must provide a checklist establishing that the prerequisites for each program’s participation will be met. All checklists must be accompanied by a signed affidavit by the project architect or engineer stating that the goals are achievable. (b) If you are not enrolling in the Green Communities program, then points can be accumulated for each of the following items up to a total of 20 points. Provide documentation to substantiate your answers below: 1. This proposal includes the replacement of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment with Energy Star qualified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. 3 points. 2. This proposal includes the replacement of windows and doors with Energy Star qualified windows and doors. 3 points. 3. This proposal includes additional attic and wall insulation that exceeds the required R-Value of these building elements for your areas as per the International Energy Conservation Code 2012. Two points will be awarded if all exterior walls exceed insulation code, and 1 point will be awarded if attic insulation exceeds code for a maximum of 3 points. 4. This proposal includes the reduction in building shell air leakage VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 by at least 15 percent as determined by pre- and post-rehab blower door testing on a sample of units. Building shell air leakage may be reduced through materials such as caulk, spray foam, gaskets and house-wrap. Sealing of duct work with mastic, foil-backed tape, or aerosolized duct sealants can also help reduce air leakage. 3 points. 5. This proposal includes 100 percent of installed appliances and exhaust fans that are Energy Star qualified. 2 points. 6. This proposal includes 100 percent of installed water heaters that are Energy Star qualified. 2 points. 7. This proposal includes replacement of 100 percent of toilets with flush capacity of more than 1.6 gallon flush capacity with new toilets having 1.6 gallon flush capacity or less, and with Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Water Sense label. 1 point. 8. This proposal includes 100 percent of new showerheads with EPA Water Sense label. 1 point. 9. This proposal includes 100 percent of new faucets with EPA Water Sense label. 1 point. 10. This proposal includes 100 percent energy-efficient lighting including Energy Star qualified fixtures, compact fluorescent replacement bulbs in standard incandescent fixtures and Energy Star ceiling fans. 1 point. and (c) Participation in local green/energy efficient building standards. Applicants who participate in a city, county, or municipality program will receive an additional 2 points. The applicant should be aware and look for additional requirements that are sometimes embedded in the third-party program’s rating and verification systems. 2 points. ii. Energy Generation (Maximum 5 Points) Pre-applications which participate in the Green Communities program by the Enterprise Community Partners or an equivalent Agency-approved program or receive at least 20 points for Energy Conservation measures are eligible to earn additional points for installation of on-site renewable energy sources. Renewable, on-site energy generation will complement a weather-tight, wellinsulated building envelope with highly efficient mechanical systems. Possible renewable energy generation technologies include, but are not limited to: wind turbines and micro-turbines, micro-hydro power, photovoltaic (capable of producing a voltage when exposed to radiant energy, especially light), solar hot water systems and biomass/biofuel systems that do not use fossil fuels in production. Geo-exchange systems are highly encouraged as they PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56747 lessen the total demand for energy and, if supplemented with other renewable energy sources, can achieve zero energy consumption more easily. Points under this paragraph will be awarded as follows. Projects with preliminary or rehabilitation building plans and energy analysis that propose a 10 percent to 100 percent energy generation commitment (where generation is considered to be the total amount of energy needed to be generated on-site to make the building a net-zero consumer of energy) may be awarded points corresponding to their percent of commitment as follows: (a) 0 to 9 percent commitment to energy generation receives 0 points; (b) 10 to 20 percent commitment to energy generation receives 1 point; (c) 21 to 40 percent commitment to energy generation receives 2 points; (d) 41 to 60 percent commitment to energy generation receives 3 points; (e) 61 to 80 percent commitment to energy generation receives 4 points; or (f) 81 to 100 percent or more commitment to energy generation receives 5 points. In order to receive more than 1 point for this energy generation paragraph, an accurate energy analysis prepared by an engineer will need to be submitted with the pre-application. Energy analysis of preliminary building plans using industry-recognized simulation software must document the projected total energy consumption of the building, the portion of building consumption which will be satisfied through on-site generation, and the building’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score. iii. Green Property Management Credentials—5 Points Pre-applications may be awarded an additional 5 points if the designated property management company or individuals that will assume maintenance and operations responsibilities upon completion of construction work have a Credential for Green Property Management. Credentialing can be obtained from the National Apartment Association (NAA), National Affordable Housing Management Association, The Institute for Real Estate Management, U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Operations and Maintenance (LEED OM), or another Agency-approved source with a certifiable credentialing program. Credentialing must be illustrated in the resume(s) of the property management team and included with the pre-application. The Agency will total the points awarded to each pre-application E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 56748 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices received within the timeframes of this Notice and rank each pre-application according to total score. If point totals are equal, the earliest time and date the pre-application was received by the Agency will determine the ranking. In the event pre-applications are still tied, they will be further ranked by giving priority to those projects with the earliest Rural Development operational date as defined under section VII (5). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Confirmation of Eligibility Eligibility will be confirmed after ranking is completed on the 10 highestscoring pre-applications in each State. If one or more of the 10 highest-scoring pre-applications is determined ineligible (i.e., the applicant is a borrower that is not in good standing with the Agency or has been debarred or suspended by the Agency, etc.), then the next highest-scoring pre-application will be confirmed for eligibility. If one or more of the 10 highestranking pre-applications is a portfolio transaction, eligibility determinations will be conducted on each preapplication associated with the portfolio. Should any of the preapplications associated with the portfolio sale be determined ineligible, those ineligible pre-application(s) will be rejected, but the overall eligibility of the portfolio sale will not be affected as long as the requirements in Section I and other provisions of this Notice are met. If one or more of the 10 highestranking pre-applications in a State is a project consolidation, and one of the projects involved in the consolidation does not meet the occupancy standards cited in Section III (2), that project(s) will be determined ineligible and eliminated from the proposed consolidation transaction. C. Selection of Pre-Applications for Further Processing Once ranking and eligibility confirmations are complete, the Agency will conduct a four-step process, described below, to select eligible preapplications for submission of formal applications. This process will allow the Agency to develop a representative sampling of revitalization transaction types, assure geographic distribution, and assure an adequate pipeline of transactions to use all available funding. No State may have more than four preapplications selected for submission of formal applications (3–MFH preapplications and 1–FLH). If an insufficient number of pre-applications are received to use available funds, the Agency, at its sole discretion, may exceed the maximum pre-application VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 cap per State. All MPR tools are available to be used on both Sections 514/516 and Section 515 projects. Step One: The Agency will review the eligible pre-applications, categorize each pre-application as either Simple, Complex, or Portfolio (see section I), and sort them by State. Step Two: The Agency will select, for further processing, the top-ranked portfolio transactions until a total of $50,000,000 in potential debt deferral is reached. Portfolio transactions will be limited to one per State (either RRH or FLH) and will count as one MPR transaction. A portfolio transaction, as defined in section I, will be limited to a maximum of 15 projects. Step Three: The highest ranked complex transactions (RRH or FLH) will be selected for further processing, not to exceed one per State. Step Four: Additional projects will be selected from the highest ranked eligible pre-applications involving simple transactions in each State until a total of three RRH pre-applications for MPR transactions are reached. If a FLH complex transaction has not been selected in Step Three above, one additional FLH project will be selected from the highest ranked eligible preapplications involving FLH simple transactions, until a total of four MPR pre-applications per State is reached. States that do not have a FLH preapplication will be limited to three MPR pre-applications. If there are insufficient funds for all projects under any step, the Agency may suspend further selections. Any selected eligible applications from this Notice or prior Notices will be carried over to the next fiscal year for consideration. Any such unfunded preapplications not approved by the Agency prior to September 30, 2016, will automatically be considered withdrawn by the Agency. Applicants, however, may reapply for funding under future Notices. VIII. Processing of Selected PreApplications Those eligible pre-applications that are ranked and then selected for further processing will be invited to submit a formal application on SF 424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance.’’ Those eligible pre-applications that are not selected for further processing will be retained by the Agency unless they are withdrawn according to this Notice. Applicants rejected will be notified their pre-applications were not selected and advised of their appeal rights under 7 CFR part 11. In the event a preapplication is selected for further processing and the applicant declines, PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the next highest ranked pre-application of the same transaction type in that State will be selected provided there is no change in the preliminary eligibility of the pre-applicant. If there are no other pre-applications of the same transaction type, then the next highest-ranked preapplication, regardless of transaction type, will be selected. Applications (SF 424s) can be obtained and completed online. An electronic version of this form may be found on the internet at http:// www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms.html. A hard copy may be obtained by contacting the State Office in the State where the project is located and can be submitted either electronically or in hard copy (refer to Section X for a listing of State Offices). Awards made under this Notice are subject to the provisions contained in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012, Public Law 112–55, Division A sections 738 and 739 regarding corporate felony convictions and corporate Federal tax delinquencies. In accordance with those provisions, only selected applicants that are or propose to be corporations will submit this form as part of their MPR application. To comply with these provisions, all corporate applicants must submit an executed for AD–3030 which can be found online at: http:// www.ocio.usda.gov/forms/ocio_ forms.html. If a pre-application is accepted for further processing, the applicant must submit additional information needed to demonstrate eligibility and feasibility (such as a CNA), consistent with this Notice and 7 CFR part 3560, prior to the issuance of any restructuring offer. The Agency will provide additional guidance to the applicant and request information and documents necessary to complete the underwriting and review process. Since the character of each application may vary substantially depending on the type of transaction proposed, information requirements will be provided as appropriate. Complete project information must be submitted as soon as possible, but in no case later than 45 calendar days from the date of Agency notification of the applicant’s selection for further processing or September 1, 2015, whichever occurs first. Failure to submit the required information in a timely manner may result in the Agency discontinuing the processing of the request. The Agency will work with the applicants selected for further E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES processing in accordance with the following: 1. Based on the feasibility of the type of transaction that will best suit the project and the availability of funds, further eligibility confirmation determinations will be conducted by the Agency. 2. If an Agency-approved CNA has not already been submitted to the Agency, an Agency-approved CNA will be required (see 7 CFR 3560.103(c) and the Agency’s published ‘‘Guidance on the Capital Needs Assessment Process’’ available at http:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/HMF_MPR.html and the CNA Statement of Work together with any non-conflicting amendments). Agency-approved CNAs VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 56749 must be prepared by a qualified independent contractor, and are obtained to determine needed repairs and any necessary adjustments to the reserve account for long-term project viability. 3. Underwriting will be conducted by the Agency. The feasibility and structure of each revitalization proposal will be based on the Agency’s underwriting and determination of the restructuring tools that will minimize the cost to the Government consistent with the purposes of this Notice. to accept or reject the offer in writing. If no offer is made, the application will be rejected and appeal rights will be given. Closing of MPR offers will occur within 90 days of acceptance by the applicant unless extended in writing by the Agency. IX. MPR Offers Dated: September 15, 2014. Tony Hernandez, Administrator, Rural Housing Service. Approved MPR offers will be presented to successful applicants who will then have up to 15 calendar days PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 X. Appeal Process All adverse determinations are appealable pursuant to 7 CFR part 11. Instructions on the appeal process will be provided at the time an applicant is notified of the adverse action. BILLING CODE 3410–XV–P E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 56750 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices Form Approved: OMB No. 0575-0190 Fiscal Year 2014 Pre-Application for Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program (MPR) Instructions Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit this pre-application form electronically by accessing the website: and clicking on the link for the "Fiscal Year 2014 Pre-Application for Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program (MPR)." Please note that electronic submittals are not on a secured website. If you do not wish to submit the form electronically by clicking on the Send Form button, you may still fill out the form, print it and submit it with your application package to the National Office. You also have the option to save the form, and submit it on an electronic media to the National Office with your complete application package. Supporting documentation required by this pre-application may be sent via e-mail with your electronic pre-application. Under item IX. Documents Submitted, check all supporting documents that you are submitting and indicate whether you are submitting each item in hard copy form, on electronic media, or via e-mail with this pre-application. I. Applicant Information a. Applicant's Name: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - b. Applicant's Address: Address, Line 1: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Address, Line 2: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - City: - - - - - - - - - - - - - State: _ _ _ _ __ Zip: _ _ __ c. Name of Applicant's Contact Person: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - d. Contact Person's Telephone Number: - - - - - - e. Contact Person's E-mail Address: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - f. DUNS Number if applying for a grant: _ _ _ _ _ __ II. Project Information a. Primary Project Name: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - b. Project Address: Address, Line 1: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Address, Line 2: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - City: - - - - - - - - - - - - - State: _ _ _ _ __ Zip: _ _ __ c. Is this a Simple, Complex, or Portfolio transaction? Check One. Complex: _ Portfolio: Page 1 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.021</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Simple: _ 56751 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices d. If Portfolio, what is the Portfolio Name? A separate pre-application must be submitted for each project and each pre-application must have the same portfolio transaction will be limited to a maximum of 15 projects. e. Consolidation of project operations: Check one below: D This proposal does not involve a consolidation of properties {0 points) D This proposal involves a consolidation of 2-4 properties {5 points) D This proposal involves a consolidation of 5 or more properties {10 points) Be sure to list all properties being consolidated in f. below. f. Provide the following information for the projects being considered in this preapplication, starting with the Primary Project. Borrower Proj. ID Project Name Vacancy ID Proj. Project Percentage ST Type {for 515 Only) 515/514/516 List Primary Project: 1. List Projects to be Consolidated with the Primary Project: 2. 3. Borrower Proj. ID Project Name ID Vacancy Proj. Project Percentage ST Type {for 515 Only) 515/514/516 Page 2 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.022</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 4. 56752 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. For Section 515 Multi-Family Housing projects: If vacancy percentages for any of the projects listed above have 16 or more revenue producing units exceeding 10.0%, or 15.0% for projects with less than 16 revenue producing units, attach required market survey documentation. For Sections 514/516 Off-Farm labor Housing projects: If cash flow for the previous 3 full years of operation is not positive, attach required market survey documentation. Cash Flow: - - - - - - - - - - - Year of Operation: - - - - - - - - Cash Flow: - - - - - - - - - - - Year of Operation: - - - - - - - - Cash Flow: - - - - - - - - - - - Page 3 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.023</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Year of Operation: - - - - - - - - 56753 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices g. What is the age of the project? (For a project consolidation, including portfolio transactions, use the project with the earliest operational date.) Check one. • • • • o Was the initial project operational date(s) prior to December 21, 1979? (30 points) Yes Was the initial project operational date(s) on or after December 21, 1979; but before December 15, 1989? (20 points) Yes_ Was the initial operational date(s) on or after December 15, 1989; but before October 1, 1991? (10 points) Yes_ Was the initial operational date(s) on or after October 1, 1991? (0 points) Yes If you answered 11Ves" to the first three bullet points, provide the initial operational date of the project: _ /_ /__ (mm/dd/yyyy) h. Is there an Agency-approved Capital Needs Assessment (CNA)? Yes_ No_ If 11Yes," check one: • Was the CNA approved on or after October 1, 2012, and prior to October 1, 2013? (10 points) Yes_ • Was the CNA approved on or after October 1, 2013, but before the publication of the FY 2014 MPR Notice? (20 points) Yes_ If 11Ves," provide the date of the most recent Agency-approved CNA: _ /_ /__ (mm/dd/yyyy) o Ill. Funds a. Are there contributions of other sources of funds? Yes No If "Yes," check one: • Evidence of a commitment of at least $3,000 to $5,000 per unit/per project from other sources? (15 points) Yes_ • Evidence of a commitment greater than $5,000 per unit/per project from other sources? (25 points) Yes_ If 11Yes," provide the amounts obtained from the following sources. Note: only include amounts for a Rural Development (RD) Section 515 loran or Section 514/516 loan/grant if they have already been approved and obligated by RD. Amount: Tax Exempt Financing RD Section 515 Rehabilitation Loan Page 4 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.024</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Source: Tax Credits 3rd Party Loan 3rd Party Grant 56754 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices RD Section 514/516 Off-Farm Rehabilitation Loan/Grant RD Section 538 Funds RD Preservation Revolving Loan Funds Owner Provided Capital Contributions Total Contributions: b. Does this proposal include an Owner Contribution of funds to pay transaction costs and/or hard costs of construction? Select all that apply. • An owner contribution of $10,000 per project to pay transaction costs. (20 points) Yes_ No_ These funds cannot be from the project's reserve, operating funds, tax credit equity, or be in the form of donated services provided by the applicant. Transaction costs are defined as those Agency-approved costs required to complete the transaction under this Notice and includes, but are not limited to, the CNA, legal and closing costs, appraisal costs and filing/recording fees. A minimum contribution of $10,000 per project must be deposited into the respective project reserve account from the owner's non-project reserve account prior to closing the MPR transaction. An increase in Return to Owner is not allowed on these funds. • An owner contribution of $1,000 per unit per project for the hard costs of construction. (10 points) Yes_ No_ These funds cannot be from the project's reserve account or operating account or in the form of a loan. Hard costs of construction are defined as those costs for materials, inventory, equipment, property or machinery required to complete the proposal under this Notice. Hard costs of construction are itemized on Form RD 1924-13, "Estimate and Certificate of Actual Cost." Form RD 1924-13 can be found at The minimum contribution required to receive these points is $1,000 per unit, per project which will be required to be deposited in the project reserve account or supervised/construction account prior to closing. An increased RTO may be budgeted and allowed for funds committed in accordance with 7 CFR section 3560.406{d)(14)(ii). c. Special Initiatives and Memorandum of Understanding. • A written commitment of State funds in the form of a grant for a minimum of 30 percent of the total development cost will be provided within 45 days of Page 5 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.025</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES selection (15 points). Yes_ No_ Points may be awarded to applications received from any State where there is a recognized, State funded program to be used for preservation and rehabilitation of existing Section 514 or Section 515 housing. To be eligible for these points, the State funds must be provided in the form of a grant and must be for a minimum of 30 percent of the total development cost. State funds do not need to be committed at the time of the NOFA responses; however if selected to proceed, the applicant must provide a written commitment of the funds from the State Agency within 45 days of selection. Failure to provide this information may result in the Agency withdrawing the preapplication. 56755 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices IV. Transfers and Sales a. Does this proposed transaction include a transfer of ownership? Yes_ No_ If "Yes," select one of the following categories and attach a copy of the executed Purchase Agreement. b. Has the Agency servicing classification been identified as "C" or "D" for 24 months or more? (20 points) Yes_ c. Has the Agency servicing classification been identified as "C" or "D" for less than 24 No to b. and c. months? (15 points) Yes_ If "No," (not involved in a transfer), category d. or e. apply: d. For stay-in-owners only, has the Agency servicing classification been identified as "B" as a result of a workout plan and/or transition plan approved by the Agency prior to January 1, 2014? (25 points) Yes_ NOTE: Projects with an Agency "C" classification for 12 months or longer with open physical findings at the time the MPR pre-application is filed will not be considered eligible to participate in the MPR. e. Is a sale of Section 515 properties to Non-profit/Public Housing Authority under the prepayment process proposed or closed? If so, submit a copy of the purchase agreement with this pre-application (if sale is pending) or a copy of the purchase agreement and filed deed (if sale is closed). (20 points) Yes No to d. and e. V. Energy Conservation You may answer a. and c. below, or b. and c. Note, if you are participating in the Green Communities program under a., you may not receive additional points for items listed under b. a. Does this proposal include a written commitment to achieve participation in the Green Communities program by the Enterprise Community Partners o.::..:=:..::..::=.::.::.::..:.;:..:.::::::.==:::., or an equivalent Agency-approved program? At least 30 percent of the points needed to qualify for the Green Communities program must be earned under the Energy Efficiency section of the Green Communities qualification program. Each applicant must provide a checklist establishing that the perquisites for each program's participation will be met. All checklists must be accompanied by a signed affidavit by the project architect or engineer stating that the goals are achievable. (30 points) No Page 6 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.026</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Yes 56756 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices OR b. If you are not enrolling in the Green Communities program then points can be accumulated for each of the following items up to a total of 20 points. Provide documentation to substantiate your answers below: i. Does this proposal include the replacement of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning {HVAC) equipment with Energy Star qualified heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment? {3 points): Yes_ No_ ii. Does this proposal include the replacement of windows and doors with Energy Star qualified windows and doors? {3 points): Yes_ No_ iii. Does this proposal include additional attic and wall insulation that exceeds the required R-Value of these building elements for your area as per the International Energy Conservation Code 2012? Two points will be awarded if all exterior walls exceed insulation code and one point will be awarded if attic insulation exceeds code, for a maximum of three points. All exterior walls exceed insulation code {2 points): Yes No Attic insulation exceeds code {1 point): Yes No iv. Does this proposal include the reduction in building shell air leakage by at least 15 percent as determined by pre- and post-rehab blower door testing on a sample of units? Building shell air leakage may be reduced through materials such as caulk, spray foam, gaskets, and house-wrap. Sealing of duct work with mastic, foil-backed tape, or aerosolized duct sealants can also help reduce air leakage. {3 points): Yes_ No v. Does this proposal include 100 percent of installed appliances and exhaust fans that are Energy Star qualified? (2 points): Yes_ No_ vi. Does this proposal include 100 percent of installed water heaters that are Energy Star qualified? (2 points): Yes_ No_ viii. Does this proposal include 100 percent of new showerheads with EPA Water Sense label? {1 point): Yes_ No_ Page 7 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.027</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES vii. Does this proposal include replacement of 100 percent of toilets with a flush capacity of more than1.6 gallons with new toilets having 1.6 gallon flush capacity or less, and with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Sense label? {1 point): Yes No Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices 56757 ix. Does this proposal include 100 percent of new faucets with EPA Water Sense label? (1 point}: Yes_ No_ x. Does this proposal include 100 percent energy-efficient lighting including Energy Star qualified fixtures, compact fluorescent replacement bulbs in standard incandescent fixtures and Energy Star ceiling fans? (1 point}: Yes_ No_ AND c. Does this proposal include a written commitment to achieve participation in local green/energy efficient building standards, such as a city, county or municipality program? (2 points): Yes_ No_ Name of Local Program: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - VI. Energy Generation Rehabilitation and preservation projects that participate in the Green Communities program by the Enterprise Community Partners, or an equivalent Agency-approved program, or receive at least eight points for Energy Conservation measures are eligible to earn additional points for installation of on-site renewable energy sources. Renewable, on-site energy generation will compliment a weathertight, well-insulated building envelope with highly efficient mechanical systems. Possible renewable energy generation technologies include, but are not limited to: wind turbines and micro-turbines, micro-hydro power, photovoltaics (capable of producing a voltage when exposed to radiant energy, especially light), solar hot water systems and biomass/biofuel systems that do not use fossil fuels in production. Geo-exchange systems are highly encouraged as they lessen the total demand for energy and, if supplemented with other renewable energy sources, can achieve zero energy consumption more easily. Points under this section will be awarded as follows: a. Projects whose preliminary or rehabilitation building plans and energy analysis propose a 10 percent to 100 percent energy generation commitment (where generation is considered to be the total amount of energy needed to be generated on-site to make the building a net-zero consumer of energy) may be awarded points corresponding to their percent of commitment as follows: 0 to 9 percent commitment to energy generation (O points) D 61 to 80 percent commitment to energy generation (4 points} 10 to 20 percent commitment to energy generation (1 point} 21 to 40 percent commitment to energy generation (2 points) 41 to 60 percent commitment to energy generation (3 points} Page 8 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.028</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES D D D D 56758 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices D 81 to 100 percent or more commitment to energy generation (5 points) Note: In order to receive more than one point for commitment to energy generation, an accurate energy analysis prepared by an engineer must to be submitted with the preapplication. Energy analysis of preliminary building plans using industry recognized simulation software must document the projected total energy consumption of the building, the portion of building consumption that will be satisfied through on-site generation, and the building's Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score. VII. Green Property Management Credentials Projects will be awarded an additional five points if the designated property management company or individuals that will assume maintenance and operations responsibilities upon completion of construction or substantial rehabilitation work have a Credential for Green Property Management. Credentialing can be obtained from the National Apartment Association (NAA), National Affordable Housing Management Association, The Institute for Real Estate Management, U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Operations and Maintenance (LEEDOM), or another Agency-approved source with a certifiable credentialing program. This must be illustrated in the resume(s) of the property management team and submitted with the application. (5 points) I have submitted resumes of the designated property Management Company or individuals responsible for maintenance and operations that have a Credential for Green Property Management. (5 points) Yes_ No_ VIII. Tenant Service Provision The Agency will award five points for applications that include new services provided by a nonprofit organization, which may include a faith-based organization, or by another Government agency. Such services shall be provided at no cost to the project and shall be made available to all tenants. Examples of such services may include transportation for the elderly, after-school day care services, or after-school tutoring. New tenant services will be provided to all tenants at no cost to the project. (5 points) Yes Documents Submitted Below, please check all documents that you will be submitting as part of your complete application package. Hard copy submissions and electronic media should be mailed to the National Office. Page 9 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.029</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IX. No Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices 56759 NOTE: You are only required to submit supporting documents for programs in which you will be participating as indicated in this pre-application. Points will be assigned for the items that you checked based on a review of the supporting documents. Reference in Form Item FY 2014 Pre-application for MFH Revitalization Demonstration program (MPR) (this form). Submission Mode D D Email D D Email D D D D D D D D Email D D Email D D Email D D Email D D D D Email D D Email Electronic Media D D Hard Copy D D Hard Copy D D D D D D D D Hard Copy D D Hard Copy D D Hard Copy D D Hard Copy D D D D Hard Copy D D Hard Copy N/A II. Project Information f. Ill. Funds a. Market Survey if vacancy rates are exceeded for Section 515 projects or there is negative cash flow for Section 514/516 projects. Evidence of commitment and sources of funds. b. Evidence of owner contribution of funds for transaction costs. b. Evidence of owner contribution of funds for hard costs of construction. c. A written commitment of state funds in the form of a grant for 30 percent or more of TDC (to be provided within 45 days of selection) IV. Transfer and Sales a. Executed Purchase Agreement for a transfer of ownership. e. v. Executed Purchase Agreement for a sale to Nonprofit/Public Housing Authority under the prepayment process (if sale is pending) OR a copy of the Purchase Agreement and filed deed (if sale is closed). Energy Conservation Certification in the Green Communities a. Program by the Enterprise Community Partners. Electronic Media Electronic Media Email Electronic Media Email Electronic Media Email Electronic Media Electronic Media Electronic Media Electronic Media N/A N/A Hard Copy N/A Hard Copy N/A Hard Copy N/A N/A N/A N/A OR b. Certification in local green energy efficient building standards. VI. Energy Generation a. Energy analysis of preliminary building plans documenting total energy consumption, energy consumption satisfied by on-site generation and the building's Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score. Electronic Media Email Electronic Media Electronic Media N/A Hard Copy N/A N/A Page 10 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.030</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES c. Documentation substantiating Green Energy improvements outlined in items i. through x. 56760 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices Reference Item in Form VII. Green Property Management Credentials Submission Mode Resumes of the designated property management company or individuals responsible for maintenance and operations that have a credential for Green Property Management. D D Email D D Email Electronic Media D D Hard Copy D D Hard Copy N/A VIII. Tenant Service Provision Description of Tenant Services provided and organizations providing the service. X. Electronic Media N/A MPR 2014 Scoring PLEASE NOTE: The scoring below is based on the responses that you have provided on this pre- application form and may not accord with the final score that the Agency assigns upon evaluating the supporting documentation that you submit. Your score may change from what you see here if the supporting documentation does not adequately support your answer or, if required documentation is missing. Scoring Items for MPR 2014 1. I Points Earned Consolidation of Project Operations (5, 10) Age of Project (10, 20, 30) 3. Agency-approved Capital Needs Assessment (10, 20) 4. Contribution of Other Sources of Funds (15, 25) 5. Owner Contribution for transaction costs (20) 6. Owner Contribution for hard costs of construction (10) 7. 8. State funds in the form of a grant for 30 percent or more of TDC (15) Project classified as "C'' or "D" for transfers (15, 20) OR 9. Project classified as "B" for stay-in owner (25) or sale to a non-profit (20) 10. Participation in the Green Communities Program (30) OR items 11. through 21. 11. Energy Star HVAC equipment (3) 12. Energy Star windows and doors (3) 13. Exterior wall insulation that exceeds code (2) 14. Attic insulation that exceeds code (1) Page 11 of12 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.031</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2. Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Notices Scoring Items for MPR 2014 56761 Points Earned 15. Reduction in building shell air leakage (3) 16. Energy Star appliances and exhaust fans (2) 17. Energy Star water heaters (2) 18. Reduced flush-capacity toilets (1) 19. New showerheads with EPA water-sense label (1) 20. New faucets with EPA water-sense label (1) 21. Energy Star light fixtures and ceiling fans (1) 22. Participation in local green energy standards (2) 23. Energy Generation (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) 24. Green Property Management Credentials (5) 25. Tenant Service Provisions (5) Total Score: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, an Agency must not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 0575-0190. The time required to complete this information collection is estimated to average 60 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. [FR Doc. 2014–22476 Filed 9–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XV–C VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:35 Sep 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 EN23SE14.032</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Page 12 of12

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 184 (Tuesday, September 23, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56741-56761]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-22476]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Housing Service


Notice of Funding Availability: Multi-Family Housing Preservation 
and Revitalization Demonstration Program--Section 514, Section 515, and 
Section 516 for Fiscal Year 2014

AGENCY: Rural Housing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: USDA Rural Development, which administers the programs of the 
Rural Housing Service (Agency), announces the availability of $20 
million in budget authority and the timeframe to submit applications to 
participate in a demonstration program to preserve and revitalize 
existing Rural Rental Housing (RRH) projects under Section 515, Section 
514, and Section 516 of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended. Under the 
demonstration program, existing Section 515 Multi-Family Housing (MFH) 
loans and Sections 514/516 Off-Farm Labor Housing (FLH) loans will be 
restructured to ensure that sufficient resources are available to 
preserve the ability of rental projects to provide safe and affordable 
housing for very low-, low-, or moderate-income residents. Projects 
participating in this program will be expected to be revitalized to 
extend their affordable use without displacing tenants because of 
increased rents. No additional Agency Rental Assistance (RA) units will 
be made available under this program.

DATES: Pre-applications in response to this Notice will be accepted 
until November 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The pre-application 
closing deadline is firm as to date and hour. The Agency will not 
consider any pre-application that is received after the closing 
deadline. Applicants intending to mail pre-applications must allow 
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) and postage-due pre-applications will not be 
accepted.

ADDRESSES: All hard copy pre-applications and additional materials must 
be mailed to the attention of Sherry Engel or Tiffany Tietz, Finance 
and Loan Analyst, Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Direct Loan 
Division, STOP 0782, (Room 1263-S), U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Rural Development, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-
0782.
    Assistance for filing electronic and hard copy pre-applications can 
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obtained from any Rural Development State Office. USDA Rural 
Development MFH State Office Contacts can be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/StateOfficeAddresses.html.

    (Note: Telephone numbers listed are not toll-free.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherry Engel or Tiffany Tietz, 
sherry.engel@wdc.usda.gov or tiffany.tietz@wdc.usda.gov, (715) 345-7677 
or (616) 942-4111, extension 126, Finance and Loan Analyst, Multi-
Family Housing Preservation and Direct Loan Division, STOP 0782, (Room 
1263-S) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0782. (Please note these 
telephone numbers are not toll-free numbers.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Paperwork Reduction Act

    The information collection requirements contained in this Notice 
have received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
under Control Number 0570-0190.

Overview Information

    Federal Agency Name: Rural Housing Service, USDA.
    Funding Opportunity Title: Multi-Family Housing Preservation and 
Revitalization Demonstration Program--Section 514, Section 515, and 
Section 516 for Fiscal Year 2014.
    Announcement Type: Inviting applications from eligible applicants 
for Fiscal Year 2014, Funding.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number (CFDA): 10.447.

    Dates: Pre-applications in response to this Notice will be accepted 
until November 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The pre-application 
closing deadline is firm as to date and hour. The Agency will not 
consider any pre-application that is received after the closing 
deadline. Applicants intending to mail pre-applications must allow 
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) and postage-due pre-applications will not be 
accepted.

I. Funding Opportunities Description

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76 
(January 17, 2014) authorized the Agency to conduct a demonstration 
program for the preservation and revitalization of the Section 515 MFH 
portfolio and Sections 514/516 Off-FLH portfolio. Section 514, Section 
515 and Section 516 MFH programs are authorized by the Housing Act of 
1949, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1484, 1485, 1486) and provide Rural 
Development with the authority to provide financial assistance for low-
income MFH and FLH and related facilities as defined in 7 CFR Part 
3560.
    A synopsis of this program and the pre-application's universal 
resource locator (URL) will be listed by Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance Number or at Federal GrantsWire at http://www.federalgrantswire.com.
    This Notice solicits pre-applications from eligible borrowers/
applicants to restructure existing MFH projects already participating 
in the Agency's Section 515 MFH portfolio and Sections 514/516 FLH 
portfolio for the purpose of revitalization and preservation. Eligible 
borrowers are sometimes referred to in this Notice as ``applicants,'' 
``borrowers,'' ``applicant/borrowers,'' or ``owners'' as seems most 
appropriate for the context of the relevant Notice provision. The 
demonstration program shall be referred to in this Notice as the Multi-
Family Housing Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration (MPR) 
Program. Agency regulations for the Section 515 MFH program and the 
Sections 514/516 FLH program are published at 7 CFR Part 3560.
    The intent of the MPR is to ensure that existing rental projects 
will continue to deliver decent, safe and sanitary affordable rental 
housing for 20 years, the remaining term of any Agency loan, or the 
remaining term of any existing Restrictive-Use Provisions (RUP) or 
prohibition, whichever ends later. Applications will be selected by the 
Agency by the process described in this Notice, and the selected 
applicants will be invited to participate in the MPR demonstration 
program. Upon written notification to the Agency from the selected 
applicant of their acceptance to participate, an independent third-
party Capital Needs Assessment (CNA) will be conducted to provide a 
fair and objective review of projected capital needs. The Agency shall 
implement any restructuring proposal that may be offered under this 
Notice through an MPR Conditional Commitment (MPRCC) with the eligible 
borrower/applicant, which will include all the terms and conditions 
offered by the Agency.
    One of the restructuring tools to be used in this program is debt 
deferral for up to 20 years of the existing Section 514 or Section 515 
loans obligated prior to October 1, 1991. The cash flow from the 
deferred payment will be deposited, as directed by the Agency, to the 
reserve account to help meet the future physical needs of the project 
or to reduce rents.
    Debt deferral is described as follows:
    MPR Debt Deferral: A deferral of the existing Section 514 or 
Section 515 Agency loan(s), obligated on or before October 1, 1991, for 
the lesser of either the remaining term of the existing Section 514 or 
Section 515 loan, or 20 years. All terms and conditions of the deferral 
will be described in the MPR Debt Deferral Agreement. A balloon payment 
of principal and accrued interest will be due at the end of the 
deferral period. Interest will accrue at the promissory note rate and, 
if applicable, the subsidy will be applied as set out in the Agency's 
Interest Credit and Rental Assistance Agreement.
    Other Agency MPR tools are as follows:
    1. MPR Grant: A grant limited to non-profit applicants/borrowers 
only. The grant will be limited to the cost of correcting health and 
safety violations of a project identified by a CNA accepted by the 
Agency. The grant administration will be in accordance with applicable 
provisions of 7 CFR parts 3015 and 3019.
    2. MPR Zero Percent Loan: A loan at zero percent interest. The 
loan's maximum term and maximum amortization will be as authorized by 
the respective program authority.
    (a) For Section 515 RRH projects, the maximum term will be 30 
years, and will be amortized over a maximum term of 50 years.
    (b) For Sections 514/516 projects, the loan will be amortized over 
a maximum term of 33 years.
    3. MPR Soft-Second Loan: A loan with a one percent interest rate 
that will have its accrued interest and principal deferred to a balloon 
payment. The balloon payment will be due at the same time the latest 
maturing Section 514 or Section 515 loan already in place at the time 
of closing, or the maturity date of any current loan being re-amortized 
as part of the restructuring, is due.
    MPR funds cannot be used to build community rooms, add additional 
parking areas, playgrounds, laundry rooms or additional new units, 
unless the additional unit(s) are needed for the project to meet the 5 
percent fully accessible requirement as defined by the Uniform Federal 
Accessibility Standards (UFAS), and the Agency concurs. However, other 
funding sources as outlined below in (i) through (vi) can be used 
either for such revitalization and/or improvements:
    i. Rural Development Section 515 Rehabilitation loan funds;
    ii. Rural Development Sections 514/516 Off-Farm rehabilitation 
loan/grant funds;

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    iii. Rural Development Section 538 Guaranteed RRH program 
financing;
    iv. Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Preservation Revolving 
Loan Program funds;
    v. Third-party loans, grants, tax credits and tax-exempt financing; 
and
    vi. Owner-provided capital contributions in the form of a cash 
infusion. A cash infusion cannot be a loan.
    Transfers, subordinations, and consolidations may be approved as 
part of a MPR transaction in accordance with 7 CFR Part 3560. If a 
transfer is part of the MPR transaction, and the transfer includes a 
seller payment and/or increase in the allowable Return to Owner, the 
transfer must first be underwritten to meet the requirements of 7 CFR 
3560.406. The transfer underwriting may assume the deferral of all 
eligible Section 515 loans. After the transfer has been underwritten 
and concurred with by the Multi-Family Housing Preservation and 
Revitalization Demonstration (MPR) program, the MPR transaction may be 
underwritten.
    For the purposes of the MPR, the restructuring transactions will be 
identified in three categories:
    1. Simple transactions, which involve no change in ownership.
    2. Complex transactions, which may consist of a project transfer to 
a new ownership, processed in accordance with 7 CFR 3560.406, with or 
without a consolidation, or transactions requiring a subordination 
agreement as a result of third-party funds. The applicant will submit 
one pre-application form. If a consolidation is proposed, all projects 
to be consolidated must be submitted on one pre-application form and be 
located in the same market area.
    To be considered in the same market area, projects must be: in a 
neighborhood or similar area where the property competes for tenants; 
managed under one management plan and one management agreement; and, in 
sufficiently close proximity to permit convenient and efficient 
management of the property.
    Applicants should discuss proposed consolidations with the Rural 
Development State Office in the State where the projects are located 
prior to filing their MPR pre-application to ensure Rural Development 
concurs with the application's market area estimation.
    If either the Agency or the owner chooses to remove one or more 
projects from the proposal, this may be done without affecting the 
eligibility of the complex transaction. To be a complex transaction, 
the Agency assumes only one project remains at the MPR closing.
    3. Portfolio transactions includes two or more projects with one 
stay-in owner, or two or more projects with multiple project sale 
transactions to a common purchaser all located in one State: a stay-in-
owner is defined as an existing Section 515 or Sections 514/516 
borrower who owns two or more properties either as a single ownership 
entity or as separate legal entities with at least one common general 
partner. Each project included in the transaction will be submitted on 
a separate pre-application form unless some projects are located in the 
same market area, as defined above, and are being consolidated. Any 
projects in the portfolio proposed to be consolidated will be listed on 
the same pre-application form. Each pre-application must have the same 
portfolio name. If the owner chooses to remove one or more projects 
from the proposal, at least two projects must remain in order to be 
classified as a portfolio transaction. At the end of the transaction, 
the Agency assumes there will be two or more projects. The stay-in 
owner or common purchaser must have at least one general partner in 
common.
    A transaction within each category may utilize any or all 
restructuring tools. Restructuring tools available through the MPR 
program will be used to address preservation and rehabilitation items 
identified in the Agency-accepted CNA.
    Liens against the project, with the exception of Agency-deferred 
debt, cannot exceed the Agency-approved security value of the project. 
All Agency debt, either in first lien position or a subordinated lien 
position, must be secured by the project, except deferred debt, which 
is not included in the Agency's total lien position for computation of 
the Agency's security value. Payment of any deferred debt will not be 
required from normal project operations income, but from excess cash 
from project operations after all other secured debts are satisfied or 
as directed by the Agency.
    The general steps of the MPR application process are as follows:
    1. Pre-application: Applicants must submit a pre-application as 
described in Section VI below. This pre-application process is designed 
to lessen the cost burden on all applicants, including those who may 
not be eligible or whose proposals may not be feasible.

    Note: If you receive a loan or grant award under this Notice, 
USDA reserves the right to post all information submitted as part of 
the pre-application/application package, which is not protected 
under the Privacy Act, on a public Web site with free and open 
access to any member of the public.

    2. Eligible Projects: Using criteria described below in Section 
III, the Agency will conduct an initial screening for eligibility. As 
described in Section VIII below, the Agency will conduct an additional 
eligibility screening later in the selection process.
    3. Scoring and Ranking: All complete, eligible and timely-filed 
pre-applications will be scored, ranked and put in potential funding 
categories as discussed in Sections VI and VII below.
    4. Formal Applications: Top ranked pre-applicants will receive a 
letter from the Agency inviting them to submit a formal application. As 
discussed in Section VIII paragraph (2) of this Notice, the Agency will 
require the owner to provide a CNA completed in accordance with the 
Agency's published guidance (available at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/
HMFMPR.html) to underwrite the proposal to determine financial 
feasibility. Applicants will be informed of any proposals that are 
determined to be ineligible or financially infeasible. Any proposal 
denied by the Agency will be returned to the applicant, and the 
applicant will be given appeal rights pursuant to 7 CFR part 11.
    5. Financial Feasibility: The Agency will use the results of the 
CNA to help identify the need for resources and applicant provided 
information regarding anticipated or available third-party financing, 
in order to determine the financial feasibility of each potential 
transaction, using restructuring tools available either through 
existing regulatory authorities or specifically authorized through this 
demonstration program. A project is financially feasible when it can 
provide affordable, decent, safe, and sanitary housing for 20 years or 
the remaining term of any Agency loan, whichever ends later, by using 
the authorities of this program while minimizing the cost to the 
Agency, and without increasing rents for eligible tenants or farm 
laborers, except when necessary to meet normal and necessary operating 
expenses. If the transaction is determined financially feasible by the 
Agency, the borrower will be offered a restructuring proposal, subject 
to available funding. This will include a requirement that the borrower 
execute, for recordation, an Agency-approved restrictive-use covenant 
for a period of 20 years, the remaining term of any loans, or the 
remaining term of any existing restrictive-use provisions, whichever 
ends later. The restructuring proposal will be established in the 
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    6. MPR Agreements: If the offer is accepted by the applicant, the 
applicant must sign and return the MPRCC. By accepting the offer, the 
applicant agrees to the terms of the MPRCC. Any third-party lender will 
be required to subordinate to the Agency's restrictive-use covenant 
unless the Agency determines, on a case-by-case basis, that the 
lender's refusal to subordinate will not compromise the purpose of the 
MPR.
    7. General Requirements: The MPR transactions may be conducted with 
a stay-in owner (simple) or may involve a change in ownership (complex 
or portfolio). Any housing or related facilities that are constructed 
or repaired must meet the Agency design and construction standards and 
the development standards contained in 7 CFR part 1924, subparts A and 
C, respectively. Once constructed, Section 515 MFH and Sections 514/516 
FLH projects must be managed in accordance with 7 CFR part 3560. Tenant 
eligibility will be limited to persons who qualify as an eligible 
household under Agency regulations. Tenant eligibility requirements are 
contained in 7 CFR 3560.152.

II. Award Information

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76 
(January 17, 2014), appropriated $20 million in budget authority to 
operate the MPR demonstration program. The budget authority is 
anticipated to make approximately $37.8 million available in program 
funds depending on the funding tools used. This funding remains 
available until expended.
    All Agency funding of applications selected under this Notice must 
be approved no later than September 30, 2016. Any pre-applications 
selected under this Notice, not approved by the Agency prior to 
September 30, 2016, will be considered withdrawn automatically, 
however, the applicants may reapply for funding under future Notices.
    Applicants are alerted that the Agency has unfunded applications 
carried over from prior Notices that will receive priority based on 
those Notices. If funds available for the MPR are fully committed 
before all eligible pre-applications selected for further processing 
under this Notice, or prior Notices, are funded, the Agency shall 
suspend further processing of the pre-applications at that time.

III. Eligibility Information

    Applicants (and the principals associated with each applicant) must 
meet the following requirements:
    1. All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements included 
in 7 CFR 3560.55 and 3560.555. This Notice will require the selected 
applicants to make the required equity contribution as outlined in 
3560.63(c). Loan applicants will not be given consideration for any 
increased equity value the property may have since the initial loan. 
Eligibility also includes the continued ability of the borrower/
applicant to provide acceptable management and will include an 
evaluation of any current outstanding deficiencies. Any outstanding 
violations, recorded in the Agency's Automated MFH Information System 
(MFIS), will preclude further processing of any MPR applications 
associated with the borrower or Identity of Interest (IOI) management 
agent unless there is a current, approved workout plan in place and the 
plan has been satisfactorily followed for a minimum of 6 consecutive 
months, as determined by the Agency.
    2. For Section 515 RRH projects, the average physical vacancy rate 
for the 12 months preceding the NOFA publication date can be no more 
than 10 percent for projects consisting of 16 or more revenue units and 
no more than 15 percent for projects less than 16 revenue units unless 
an exception applies under Section VI paragraph (1)(iii) of this 
Notice. If a project consolidation is involved, the consolidation will 
remain eligible so long as the average vacancy rate for each individual 
project meets the occupancy standard noted in this paragraph. Projects 
that do not meet the occupancy threshold at the time of filing the 
application may be withdrawn by the owner or the Agency without 
jeopardizing the application.
    3. For Sections 514/516 FLH projects, rather than an average 
physical vacancy rate as noted in III(2) above, a positive cash flow 
for the previous full 3 years of operation is required unless an 
exception applies under Section VI paragraph (1)(iii) of this Notice.
    4. Ownership of and ability to operate the project after the 
transaction is completed. In the event of a transfer, the proposed 
transferee must submit an executed purchase agreement or other evidence 
of site control in the name of the individual or entity proposing to 
purchase the property.
    5. An Agency-approved CNA (for guidance refer to http://
www.rurdev.usda.gov/HMFMPR.html) and an Agency financial 
evaluation must be conducted to ensure that utilization of the 
restructuring tools of the MPR program is financially feasible and 
necessary for the revitalization and preservation of the project for 
affordable housing. Initial eligibility for processing will be 
determined as of the date of the pre-application filing deadline. The 
Agency reserves the right to discontinue processing any application due 
to material changes in the applicant's status occurring at any time 
after the initial eligibility determination.
    6. Please note that all grant-eligible applicants must obtain a Dun 
and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and 
register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) prior to 
submitting a pre-application pursuant to 2 CFR 25.200(b). In addition, 
an entity applicant must maintain registration in the CCR database at 
all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application 
or plan under consideration by the Agency. Similarly, all recipients of 
Federal Financial Assistance are required to report information about 
first-tier sub-awards and executive compensation, in accordance with 2 
CFR part 170. So long as an entity applicant does not have an exception 
under 2 CFR 170.110(b), the applicant must have the necessary processes 
and systems in place to comply with the reporting requirements should 
the applicant receive funding. See 2 CFR 170.200(b).

IV. Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Requirements

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
    1. Borrowers and applicants will comply with the provisions of 7 
CFR 3560.2.
    2. All housing must meet the accessibility requirements found at 7 
CFR 3560.60(d).
    3. All MPR participants must submit or have on file a valid Form RD 
400-1, ``Equal Opportunity Agreement'' and Form RD 400-4, ``Assurance 
Agreement.''
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination 
against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the 
bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender 
identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, 
marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all 
or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance 
program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any 
program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all 
prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment 
activities).
    If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of 
discrimination, complete the USDA Program

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Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http://
www.ascr.usda.gov/complaintfilingcust.html, or at any 
USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also 
write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. 
Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-
7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.
    Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech 
disabilities and who wish to file either an EEO or program complaint 
may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or 
(800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). Persons with disabilities who wish to file 
a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us 
by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of 
communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, 
audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 
(voice and TDD).

V. Authorities Available for MPR

    MPR tools will be used in accordance with 7 CFR part 3560. The 
program will be administered within the resources available to the 
Agency through Public Law 113-76 and any future appropriations for the 
preservation and revitalization of Sections 514/516 and Section 515-
financed projects. In the event that any provisions of 7 CFR part 3560 
conflict with this demonstration program, the provisions of the MPR 
will take precedence.

VI. Application and Submission Information

    1. The application submission and scoring process will be completed 
in two phases in order to avoid unnecessary effort and expense on the 
part of applicants.
    Phase I--The first phase is the pre-application process. The 
applicant must submit a complete pre-application by the deadline listed 
under the ``DATES'' section of this Notice. The applicant's submission 
will be classified as ``complete'' when the MPR pre-application form is 
received in the correct format and place as described in this Notice 
for each MPR proposal the applicant wishes to be considered in the 
demonstration program. In the event the MPR proposal involves a project 
consolidation, it will be completed in accordance with 7 CFR 3560.410. 
One pre-application for the proposed consolidated project is required 
and must identify each project included in the consolidation. If the 
MPR proposal involves a portfolio transaction (sale or stay-in owner), 
one pre-application for each project in the portfolio is required and 
each pre-application must identify each project included in the 
portfolio transaction. In order for the pre-application to be 
considered complete, all applicable information requested on the MPR 
pre-application form must be provided. Additional information that must 
be provided with the pre-application to be considered complete, when 
applicable, includes:
    i. For all transfers of ownership, a copy of a signed purchase 
agreement in the name of the purchasing entity must be provided.
    ii. A copy of a signed statement by all partners, agreeing to 
participate in the program.
    iii. Current market data (defined as no more than 6 months old at 
time of filing) for any project not meeting the occupancy standards 
cited in Section III (2) and (3) above. The market data must 
demonstrate there is market demand for the project evidenced by waiting 
lists and a housing shortage confirmed by local housing agencies and 
realtors, as determined by the Agency. The market data must show a 
clear need and demand for the project once a restructuring transaction 
is completed. The results of the survey of existing or proposed rental 
or labor housing, including complex name, location, number of units, 
bedroom mix, family or elderly type, year built, and rent charges must 
be provided, as well as the existing vacancy rate of all available 
rental units in the community, their waiting lists and amenities, and 
the availability of RA or other subsidies. The Agency will determine 
whether or not the proposal has market feasibility based on the data 
provided by the applicant. Any costs associated with the completion of 
the market data is NOT an eligible program project expense.
    Unless an exception under this section applies, the requirements 
stated in Section III, paragraph (2) and (3) of this Notice must be 
met.

    Note: All documents must be received on or before the pre-
application closing deadline to be considered complete and timely 
filed. Pre-applications that do not include a Purchase Agreement for 
transfer proposals or current market data for projects that do not 
meet the occupancy standards of Section III paragraphs (2) and (3) 
of this Notice, will be considered incomplete and will be returned 
to the applicant with appeal rights.

    Phase II--The second phase of the application process will be 
completed by the Agency based on Agency records and the pre-application 
information submitted. All complete, eligible, and timely-filed pre-
applications will be scored and ranked based on points received during 
this two-phase application process. Further, the Agency will categorize 
each MPR proposal as being a Simple, Complex, or Portfolio transactions 
based on the information submitted on the pre-application, in 
accordance with the category descriptions provided in Section I of this 
Notice.
    2. Pre-applications can be submitted either electronically or in 
hard copy. The Agency will record pre-applications received 
electronically by the actual date and time received in the MPR Web site 
mail box. This date may impact ranking of the application as discussed 
under section VII. For all hard copy pre-applications received, the 
recorded receipt time will be the close of business time for the day 
received, for the location to which the pre-applications are sent. 
Assistance for filing electronic and hard copy pre-applications can be 
obtained from any Rural Development State Office. A listing of State 
Offices, their addresses, telephone numbers and person to contact is 
included under the ADDRESSES of this Notice.
    The pre-application is an Adobe Acrobat format and may be completed 
as a fillable form. The form contains a button labeled ``Submit by 
Email.'' Clicking on the button will result in an email containing a 
completed pre-application being sent to the MPR Web site mail box for 
consideration. If a purchase agreement or market survey is required, 
these additional documents are to be attached to the resulting email 
prior to submission.
    Pre-application forms may be downloaded from the Agency's Web site 
at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HMFMPR.html or obtained by 
contacting the State Office in the State the project is located.

VII. Selection for Processing

    A. Pre-application ranking points will be based on information 
provided during the submission process and in Agency records. Only 
timely, complete pre-applications will be ranked. Points will be 
awarded as follows:
    1. Contribution of other sources of funds. Other funds are those 
discussed in items (i) through (vi) of Section I of this Notice. Points 
will be awarded based on documented written evidence that the funds are 
committed, as determined by the Agency. The maximum points awarded for 
this criterion is 25 points. These points will be awarded in the 
following manner:
    i. Evidence of a commitment of at least $3,000 to $5,000 per unit 
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project from other sources--15 points, or
    ii. Evidence of a commitment greater than $5,000 per unit per 
project from other sources--25 points.
    2. Owner contribution. Points will be awarded if the owner agrees 
to make a contribution of at least $10,000 per project to pay 
transaction costs. (These funds cannot be from the project's reserve, 
operating funds, tax credit equity or be in the form of donated 
services provided by the applicant.) Transaction costs are defined as 
those Agency-approved costs required to complete the transaction under 
this Notice and include, but are not limited to the CNA, legal and 
closing costs, appraisal costs and filing/recording fees. This 
contribution must be deposited into the respective project reserve 
account prior to closing the MPR transaction from the owner's non-
project resources. 20 points.
    3. Owner contribution for the hard costs of construction. (These 
funds cannot be from the project's reserve account or project's general 
operating account or in the form of a loan.) Hard costs of construction 
are defined as those costs for materials, equipment, property or 
machinery required to complete the proposal under this Notice. Hard 
costs must be itemized on Form RD 1924-13, ``Estimate and Certificate 
of Actual Cost''. Form RD 1924-13 can be found at: http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/efcommon/eFileServices/eForms/RD1924-13.PDF.
    The minimum contribution required to receive these points is $1,000 
per unit per project, which will be required to be deposited in the 
project reserve account or supervised/construction account, as directed 
by Rural Development, prior to closing. An increased Return to Owner 
(RTO) may be budgeted and allowed for funds committed in accordance 
with 7 CFR 3560.406(d)(14)(ii). 10 points.
    4. Special Initiatives and Memorandum of Understanding--Points may 
be awarded to applications received from any State where there is a 
recognized, State-funded program to be used for preservation and 
rehabilitation of existing Section 514 or Section 515 housing. To be 
eligible for these points, the State funds must be provided in the form 
of a grant and must be for a minimum of 30 percent of the total 
development cost. State funds do not need to be committed at the time 
of the application, however, if selected to proceed, the applicant must 
provide a written commitment of the funds from the State Agency within 
45 days of selection. Failure to provide this information may result in 
the Agency withdrawing the pre-application. 15 points.
    5. Age of project. For a project consolidation (including portfolio 
transactions) proposal, the project with the earliest operational date 
(operational date is the date the project initially placed in service 
and documented in the Agency's Multi-Family Housing Information System 
(MFIS)) will be used in determining the age of the project. Since the 
age of the project and the date the project placed in service are 
directly related to physical needs, a maximum of 30 points will be 
awarded based on the following criteria:
    i. Projects with initial operational dates prior to December 21, 
1979--30 points.
    ii. Projects with initial operational dates on or after December 
21, 1979, but before December 15, 1989--20 points.
    iii. Projects with initial operational dates on or after December 
15, 1989, but before October 1, 1991--10 points.
    iv. Projects with initial operational dates on or after October 1, 
1991--0 points.
    6. Projects with open physical findings. The Agency may award up to 
25 points to pre-applications involving projects that have been 
adversely impacted by an act of nature or where physical and/or 
financial deterioration or management deficiencies exist. Projects with 
Open Physical Findings classified ``B'', ``C'' or ``D'', as defined 
below, will be awarded in the following manner:

i. CLASS ``D'' PROJECTS

    Class ``D'' projects are those projects that are in default and may 
be taken into inventory, be lost to the program, or cause the 
displacement of tenants. Defaults can be monetary or non-monetary. 
Projects in non-monetary default are those where the Agency has 
notified the borrower of a violation using the Agency's servicing 
letter process, and the borrower has not addressed the violation to the 
Agency's satisfaction.

ii. CLASS ``C'' PROJECTS

    Class ``C'' projects are projects with open physical findings or 
violations, which are not associated to a workout plan and/or 
transition plan. This can include projects with violations where a 
servicing letter has been issued but 60 days have not passed since the 
issuance of the first servicing letter.

iii. CLASS ``B'' PROJECTS

    Class ``B'' projects indicate the Agency has taken servicing steps 
and the borrower is cooperating to resolve identified findings or 
violations by associating a workout plan and/or transition plan.
    (a) For transfer proposals:
    1. For projects classified as a ``C'' or ``D'' for 24 months or 
more--20 points.
    2. For projects classified as a ``C'' or ``D'' for less than 24 
months--15 points.
    (b) Stay-in owner proposals:
    1. For projects classified as a ``B'' as a result of a workout plan 
and/or transition plan approved by the Agency prior to January 1, 
2014--25 points.
    2. Projects with an Agency ``C'' classification for 12 months or 
longer with open physical findings at the time the MPR pre-application 
is filed, will not be eligible to participate in the MPR.
    7. Proposed or Closed Sale of Section 515 projects to Non-Profit/
Public Housing Authority. The Agency will award 20 points for projects 
that have been sold to non-profit organizations under the prepayment 
process as explained in 7 CFR part 3560, Subpart N. To receive points, 
the borrower/applicant must provide a copy of the purchase agreement 
and filed deed (if sale is already closed to an eligible non-profit or 
public body)--20 points.
    8. Prior approved CNAs. In the interest of ensuring timely 
application processing and underwriting, the Agency will award up to 20 
points for projects with CNAs already approved by the Agency. 
``Approved'' means the date the CNA or an updated CNA was previously 
reviewed and approved by the Agency. CNAs or updates before October 1, 
2012, may not be used for MPR underwriting without an update approved 
by the Agency. Points will be awarded for:
    i. CNAs approved on or after October 1, 2013, but prior to the 
publication of this Notice--20 points.
    ii. CNAs approved on or after October 1, 2012, but prior to October 
1, 2013--10 points.
    9. Tenant service provision. The Agency will award 5 points for 
applications that include new services provided by either a for-profit 
or a non-profit organization, which may include a faith-based 
organization, or by another Government agency. Such services shall be 
provided at no cost to the project and shall be made available to all 
tenants. Examples of such services may include transportation for the 
elderly, after-school day care services or after-school tutoring.
    10. For portfolio sales and project consolidations, the Agency will 
award the following points: Proposal does not involve a consolidation 
of properties (0 points); proposal involves a consolidation of 2-4 
properties (5 points); proposal involves a

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consolidation of 5 or more properties (10 points).
    11. Energy Conservation, Energy Generation, and Green Property 
Management. Under the MPR Energy Initiatives, projects may receive a 
maximum of 42 points under three categories: Energy Conservation, 
Energy Generation, and Green Property Management.

i. Energy Conservation--30 points

    Pre-applications for rehabilitation and preservation of projects 
may be eligible to receive a maximum of 30 points for the following 
energy conservation measures.
    (a) Participation in the Green Communities program by the 
Enterprise Community Partners, http://www.enterprisecommunity.com/solutions-and-innovation/enterprise green-communities, or an equivalent 
Agency-approved program will be awarded 30 points for any project that 
qualifies for the program. At least 30 percent of the points needed to 
qualify for the Green Communities program must be earned under the 
Energy Efficiency section of the Green Communities qualification 
program. Green Communities has an initial checklist indicating 
prerequisites for participation. Each applicant must provide a 
checklist establishing that the prerequisites for each program's 
participation will be met. All checklists must be accompanied by a 
signed affidavit by the project architect or engineer stating that the 
goals are achievable.
    (b) If you are not enrolling in the Green Communities program, then 
points can be accumulated for each of the following items up to a total 
of 20 points. Provide documentation to substantiate your answers below:
    1. This proposal includes the replacement of heating, ventilation, 
and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment with Energy Star qualified 
heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. 3 points.
    2. This proposal includes the replacement of windows and doors with 
Energy Star qualified windows and doors. 3 points.
    3. This proposal includes additional attic and wall insulation that 
exceeds the required R-Value of these building elements for your areas 
as per the International Energy Conservation Code 2012. Two points will 
be awarded if all exterior walls exceed insulation code, and 1 point 
will be awarded if attic insulation exceeds code for a maximum of 3 
points.
    4. This proposal includes the reduction in building shell air 
leakage by at least 15 percent as determined by pre- and post-rehab 
blower door testing on a sample of units. Building shell air leakage 
may be reduced through materials such as caulk, spray foam, gaskets and 
house-wrap. Sealing of duct work with mastic, foil-backed tape, or 
aerosolized duct sealants can also help reduce air leakage. 3 points.
    5. This proposal includes 100 percent of installed appliances and 
exhaust fans that are Energy Star qualified. 2 points.
    6. This proposal includes 100 percent of installed water heaters 
that are Energy Star qualified. 2 points.
    7. This proposal includes replacement of 100 percent of toilets 
with flush capacity of more than 1.6 gallon flush capacity with new 
toilets having 1.6 gallon flush capacity or less, and with Environment 
Protection Agency (EPA) Water Sense label. 1 point.
    8. This proposal includes 100 percent of new showerheads with EPA 
Water Sense label. 1 point.
    9. This proposal includes 100 percent of new faucets with EPA Water 
Sense label. 1 point.
    10. This proposal includes 100 percent energy-efficient lighting 
including Energy Star qualified fixtures, compact fluorescent 
replacement bulbs in standard incandescent fixtures and Energy Star 
ceiling fans. 1 point.
    and
    (c) Participation in local green/energy efficient building 
standards. Applicants who participate in a city, county, or 
municipality program will receive an additional 2 points. The applicant 
should be aware and look for additional requirements that are sometimes 
embedded in the third-party program's rating and verification systems. 
2 points.

ii. Energy Generation (Maximum 5 Points)

    Pre-applications which participate in the Green Communities program 
by the Enterprise Community Partners or an equivalent Agency-approved 
program or receive at least 20 points for Energy Conservation measures 
are eligible to earn additional points for installation of on-site 
renewable energy sources. Renewable, on-site energy generation will 
complement a weather-tight, well-insulated building envelope with 
highly efficient mechanical systems. Possible renewable energy 
generation technologies include, but are not limited to: wind turbines 
and micro-turbines, micro-hydro power, photovoltaic (capable of 
producing a voltage when exposed to radiant energy, especially light), 
solar hot water systems and biomass/biofuel systems that do not use 
fossil fuels in production. Geo-exchange systems are highly encouraged 
as they lessen the total demand for energy and, if supplemented with 
other renewable energy sources, can achieve zero energy consumption 
more easily.
    Points under this paragraph will be awarded as follows. Projects 
with preliminary or rehabilitation building plans and energy analysis 
that propose a 10 percent to 100 percent energy generation commitment 
(where generation is considered to be the total amount of energy needed 
to be generated on-site to make the building a net-zero consumer of 
energy) may be awarded points corresponding to their percent of 
commitment as follows:
    (a) 0 to 9 percent commitment to energy generation receives 0 
points;
    (b) 10 to 20 percent commitment to energy generation receives 1 
point;
    (c) 21 to 40 percent commitment to energy generation receives 2 
points;
    (d) 41 to 60 percent commitment to energy generation receives 3 
points;
    (e) 61 to 80 percent commitment to energy generation receives 4 
points; or
    (f) 81 to 100 percent or more commitment to energy generation 
receives 5 points.
    In order to receive more than 1 point for this energy generation 
paragraph, an accurate energy analysis prepared by an engineer will 
need to be submitted with the pre-application. Energy analysis of 
preliminary building plans using industry-recognized simulation 
software must document the projected total energy consumption of the 
building, the portion of building consumption which will be satisfied 
through on-site generation, and the building's Home Energy Rating 
System (HERS) score.

iii. Green Property Management Credentials--5 Points

    Pre-applications may be awarded an additional 5 points if the 
designated property management company or individuals that will assume 
maintenance and operations responsibilities upon completion of 
construction work have a Credential for Green Property Management. 
Credentialing can be obtained from the National Apartment Association 
(NAA), National Affordable Housing Management Association, The 
Institute for Real Estate Management, U.S. Green Building Council's 
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Operations and 
Maintenance (LEED OM), or another Agency-approved source with a 
certifiable credentialing program. Credentialing must be illustrated in 
the resume(s) of the property management team and included with the 
pre-application.
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received within the timeframes of this Notice and rank each pre-
application according to total score. If point totals are equal, the 
earliest time and date the pre-application was received by the Agency 
will determine the ranking. In the event pre-applications are still 
tied, they will be further ranked by giving priority to those projects 
with the earliest Rural Development operational date as defined under 
section VII (5).

B. Confirmation of Eligibility

    Eligibility will be confirmed after ranking is completed on the 10 
highest-scoring pre-applications in each State. If one or more of the 
10 highest-scoring pre-applications is determined ineligible (i.e., the 
applicant is a borrower that is not in good standing with the Agency or 
has been debarred or suspended by the Agency, etc.), then the next 
highest-scoring pre-application will be confirmed for eligibility.
    If one or more of the 10 highest-ranking pre-applications is a 
portfolio transaction, eligibility determinations will be conducted on 
each pre-application associated with the portfolio. Should any of the 
pre-applications associated with the portfolio sale be determined 
ineligible, those ineligible pre-application(s) will be rejected, but 
the overall eligibility of the portfolio sale will not be affected as 
long as the requirements in Section I and other provisions of this 
Notice are met.
    If one or more of the 10 highest-ranking pre-applications in a 
State is a project consolidation, and one of the projects involved in 
the consolidation does not meet the occupancy standards cited in 
Section III (2), that project(s) will be determined ineligible and 
eliminated from the proposed consolidation transaction.

C. Selection of Pre-Applications for Further Processing

    Once ranking and eligibility confirmations are complete, the Agency 
will conduct a four-step process, described below, to select eligible 
pre-applications for submission of formal applications. This process 
will allow the Agency to develop a representative sampling of 
revitalization transaction types, assure geographic distribution, and 
assure an adequate pipeline of transactions to use all available 
funding. No State may have more than four pre-applications selected for 
submission of formal applications (3-MFH pre-applications and 1-FLH). 
If an insufficient number of pre-applications are received to use 
available funds, the Agency, at its sole discretion, may exceed the 
maximum pre-application cap per State. All MPR tools are available to 
be used on both Sections 514/516 and Section 515 projects.
    Step One: The Agency will review the eligible pre-applications, 
categorize each pre-application as either Simple, Complex, or Portfolio 
(see section I), and sort them by State.
    Step Two: The Agency will select, for further processing, the top-
ranked portfolio transactions until a total of $50,000,000 in potential 
debt deferral is reached. Portfolio transactions will be limited to one 
per State (either RRH or FLH) and will count as one MPR transaction. A 
portfolio transaction, as defined in section I, will be limited to a 
maximum of 15 projects.
    Step Three: The highest ranked complex transactions (RRH or FLH) 
will be selected for further processing, not to exceed one per State.
    Step Four: Additional projects will be selected from the highest 
ranked eligible pre-applications involving simple transactions in each 
State until a total of three RRH pre-applications for MPR transactions 
are reached. If a FLH complex transaction has not been selected in Step 
Three above, one additional FLH project will be selected from the 
highest ranked eligible pre-applications involving FLH simple 
transactions, until a total of four MPR pre-applications per State is 
reached. States that do not have a FLH pre-application will be limited 
to three MPR pre-applications.
    If there are insufficient funds for all projects under any step, 
the Agency may suspend further selections.
    Any selected eligible applications from this Notice or prior 
Notices will be carried over to the next fiscal year for consideration. 
Any such unfunded pre-applications not approved by the Agency prior to 
September 30, 2016, will automatically be considered withdrawn by the 
Agency. Applicants, however, may reapply for funding under future 
Notices.

VIII. Processing of Selected Pre-Applications

    Those eligible pre-applications that are ranked and then selected 
for further processing will be invited to submit a formal application 
on SF 424, ``Application for Federal Assistance.'' Those eligible pre-
applications that are not selected for further processing will be 
retained by the Agency unless they are withdrawn according to this 
Notice. Applicants rejected will be notified their pre-applications 
were not selected and advised of their appeal rights under 7 CFR part 
11. In the event a pre-application is selected for further processing 
and the applicant declines, the next highest ranked pre-application of 
the same transaction type in that State will be selected provided there 
is no change in the preliminary eligibility of the pre-applicant. If 
there are no other pre-applications of the same transaction type, then 
the next highest-ranked pre-application, regardless of transaction 
type, will be selected.
    Applications (SF 424s) can be obtained and completed online. An 
electronic version of this form may be found on the internet at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms.html. A hard copy may be obtained by 
contacting the State Office in the State where the project is located 
and can be submitted either electronically or in hard copy (refer to 
Section X for a listing of State Offices).
    Awards made under this Notice are subject to the provisions 
contained in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012, Public 
Law 112-55, Division A sections 738 and 739 regarding corporate felony 
convictions and corporate Federal tax delinquencies. In accordance with 
those provisions, only selected applicants that are or propose to be 
corporations will submit this form as part of their MPR application. To 
comply with these provisions, all corporate applicants must submit an 
executed for AD-3030 which can be found online at: http://
www.ocio.usda.gov/forms/ocioforms.html.
    If a pre-application is accepted for further processing, the 
applicant must submit additional information needed to demonstrate 
eligibility and feasibility (such as a CNA), consistent with this 
Notice and 7 CFR part 3560, prior to the issuance of any restructuring 
offer. The Agency will provide additional guidance to the applicant and 
request information and documents necessary to complete the 
underwriting and review process. Since the character of each 
application may vary substantially depending on the type of transaction 
proposed, information requirements will be provided as appropriate. 
Complete project information must be submitted as soon as possible, but 
in no case later than 45 calendar days from the date of Agency 
notification of the applicant's selection for further processing or 
September 1, 2015, whichever occurs first. Failure to submit the 
required information in a timely manner may result in the Agency 
discontinuing the processing of the request.
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processing in accordance with the following:
    1. Based on the feasibility of the type of transaction that will 
best suit the project and the availability of funds, further 
eligibility confirmation determinations will be conducted by the 
Agency.
    2. If an Agency-approved CNA has not already been submitted to the 
Agency, an Agency-approved CNA will be required (see 7 CFR 3560.103(c) 
and the Agency's published ``Guidance on the Capital Needs Assessment 
Process'' available at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HMFMPR.html 
and the CNA Statement of Work together with any non-conflicting 
amendments). Agency-approved CNAs must be prepared by a qualified 
independent contractor, and are obtained to determine needed repairs 
and any necessary adjustments to the reserve account for long-term 
project viability.
    3. Underwriting will be conducted by the Agency. The feasibility 
and structure of each revitalization proposal will be based on the 
Agency's underwriting and determination of the restructuring tools that 
will minimize the cost to the Government consistent with the purposes 
of this Notice.

IX. MPR Offers

    Approved MPR offers will be presented to successful applicants who 
will then have up to 15 calendar days to accept or reject the offer in 
writing. If no offer is made, the application will be rejected and 
appeal rights will be given. Closing of MPR offers will occur within 90 
days of acceptance by the applicant unless extended in writing by the 
Agency.

X. Appeal Process

    All adverse determinations are appealable pursuant to 7 CFR part 
11. Instructions on the appeal process will be provided at the time an 
applicant is notified of the adverse action.

    Dated: September 15, 2014.
Tony Hernandez,
Administrator, Rural Housing Service.
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