Rural Housing Service 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E5-7453
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's (RHS) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for ``Self-Help Technical Assistance Grants'' (7 CFR part 1944, subpart I).
Disbursement of Funds; Correction
Document Number: 05-23886
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Housing Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service; Rural Utilities Service
This action corrects a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, October 12, 2005.
Disbursement of Funds
Document Number: 05-20357
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Agencies are revising their disbursement of funds regulations. This action is necessary since existing regulations do not accurately reflect the current disbursement methodologies employed by the Agencies. The intended effect is to simplify and update the regulations; to eliminate reference to the obsolete Loan Disbursement System; clarify Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) insurance coverage; and eliminate reference to the now defunct Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC). These amended regulations are to ensure the Agencies' field offices have current guidance on the disbursement methods available and supervised bank accounts.
Surety Requirements
Document Number: 05-17026
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service is amending its regulations to change the threshold for surety requirements guaranteeing payment and performance from a $100,000 contract amount to the maximum Rural Development Single Family Housing area lending limit. This limit will vary by locality. This will liberalize the requirement for surety and take into account the increased construction cost of single family homes in Rural Development's Single Family Housing Program. This will ease the burden on small contractors for whom obtaining surety is difficult and expensive, thereby reducing costs to our single family housing borrowers.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-16512
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR Part 3550, Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants and its accompanying Handbooks.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-15842
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's (RHS) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for Rural Housing Site Loans Policies, Procedures and Authorizations.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Document Number: 05-15528
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Notice announces the availability of approximately $6 million of grant funds for the RCDI program through the Rural Housing Service (RHS), herein referred to as the Agency. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the Federal grant. These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. This Notice lists the information needed to submit an application for these funds.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-15112
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR part 3575-A.
Updating of Designated Counties for Housing Application Packaging Grants
Document Number: 05-10466
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is amending its regulations to update the list of designated counties for Housing Application Packaging Grants (HAPG). Under section 509 of the Housing Act of 1949, grants are provided to package housing applications for loans under sections 502, 504, 514, 515, and 524 and grants under section 533 in colonias and designated underserved counties. The intended effect is to make eligible applicants, including public and private nonprofit organizations and State and local governments, aware of the new list of designated counties, which was based on the 2000 census data.
Funding Opportunity: Section 525 Technical and Supervisory Assistance (TSA) Grants
Document Number: 05-10465
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces it is soliciting competitive applications under its Technical and Supervisory Assistance (TSA) grant program. Grants will be awarded to eligible applicant organizations to conduct programs of technical and supervisory assistance for low-income rural residents to obtain and/or maintain occupancy of adequate housing.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-9938
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for the Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program.
Notice for Requests for Proposals for Guaranteed Loans Under the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) for Fiscal Year 2005
Document Number: 05-9156
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is correcting a notice published March 14, 2005 (70 FR 12569-12575). This action is taken to correct language that purports that Notice responses that score less than 25 points or score 25 points or more but have a development cost ratio of equal to or more than 70 percent may not be selected for further processing and obligation after June 13, 2005. These corrections are intended to ensure that all Notice responses received prior to June 13, 2005, and that meet program criteria, but score less than 25 points or score 25 points or more but have a development cost ratio of equal to or more than 70 percent may be selected for obligation after June 13, 2005, with the highest scoring responses receiving priority as long as funds remain available. These corrections are also intended to ensure that the Agency will continue to select the highest scoring Notice responses received after June 13, 2005, notwithstanding the score, as long as the response meets program criteria and funds remain available. Accordingly, the Notice published on March 14, 2005 (70 FR 12569- 12575), is corrected as follows: On page 12569, in the first column, fourth paragraph, under the heading DATES, the fourth sentence is corrected to read as follows: ``Each month after June 13, 2005, the Agency will select the highest scoring proposals, in light of the remaining funding, until all funds are expended.'' On page 12569, in the second column, under the heading DATES, the fifth sentence, ``Priority for the selection of proposals that meet the threshold score of 25 will be given to the highest scoring proposals,'' is removed. On page 12574, in the first column, first paragraph, under the heading ``Scoring of Priority Criteria for Selection of Projects,'' the fifth sentence is corrected to read as follows: ``Each month after June 13, 2005, the Agency will select the highest scoring proposals, in light of the remaining funding, until all funds are expended.'' On page 12574, in the first column, first paragraph, under the heading ``Scoring of Priority Criteria for Selection of Projects,'' the sixth sentence, ``Priority for the selection of proposals that meet the threshold score of 25 will be given to the highest scoring proposals,'' is removed.
Notice of Funding Availability: Section 515 Multi-Family Housing Preservation Revolving Loan Fund (PRLF) Demonstration Program
Document Number: 05-9155
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces the availability of funds and the timeframe to submit applications for loans to private non-profit organizations, or such non-profit organizations' affiliate loan funds and State housing finance agencies, to carry out a housing demonstration program to provide revolving loans for the preservation and revitalization of low-income multi-family housing. Housing that is assisted by this demonstration program must be financed by RHS through its multi-family housing loan program under Section 515 of the Housing Act of 1949. This demonstration program will be achieved through loans made to intermediaries that establish programs for the purpose of providing loans to ultimate recipients for the preservation and revitalization of Section 515 multi-family housing as affordable housing.
Management of Property
Document Number: 05-7982
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, Farm Services Agency, Farm Service Agency
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is amending this regulation to remove an incorrect reference. The intended effect of this change is to ensure that Agency regulations continue to provide current information.
Disbursement of Funds
Document Number: 05-7377
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Agency is revising its disbursement of funds regulations. This action is necessary since existing regulations do not accurately reflect the current disbursement methodologies employed by the Agency. The intended effect is to simplify and update the regulations. These amended regulations are to ensure the Agencies' field offices have current guidance on the disbursement methods available.
Notice for Requests for Proposals for Guaranteed Loans Under the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) for Fiscal Year 2005
Document Number: 05-4776
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This is a request for proposals for guaranteed loans under the section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) pursuant to 7 CFR 3565.4 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 subject to the availability of funding. FY 2005 funding for the section 538 program is $99.2 million. Applicants will submit proposals in the form of ``RESPONSES.'' The commitment of program dollars will be made to applicants of selected responses that have fulfilled the necessary requirements for obligation. The following paragraphs outline the timeframes, eligibility requirements, lender responsibilities, and the overall response and application processes. The GRRHP operates under 7 CFR part 3565. The GRRHP Origination and Servicing Handbook (HB-1-3565) is available to provide lenders and the general public with guidance on program administration. HB-1-3565, which contains a copy of 7 CFR part 3565 in Appendix 1, can be found at the Rural Development Instructions Web site address http:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/regs. Eligible lenders are invited to submit responses for the development of affordable rental housing to serve rural America. The Rural Housing Service (RHS) will review responses submitted by eligible lenders, on the lender's letterhead, and signed by both the prospective borrower and lender. Although a complete application is not required in response to this Notice, eligible lenders may submit a complete application concurrently with the response. The submission of a complete application will not affect the scoring process.
Notice of Funds Availability for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2005
Document Number: 05-4775
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces that it is soliciting competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. The HPG program is a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low- income persons. This action is taken to comply with Agency regulations found in 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N, which require the Agency to announce the opening and closing dates for receipt of pre-applications for HPG funds from eligible applicants. The intended effect of this Notice is to provide eligible organizations notice of these dates.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year 2005
Document Number: 05-4774
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This NOFA announces the timeframe to submit applications for section 514 Farm Labor Housing (FLH) loans and section 516 FLH grants for the construction of new off-farm FLH units and related facilities for domestic farm laborers. The intended purpose of these loans and grants is to increase the number of available housing units for domestic farm laborers. Applications may also include requests for section 521 rental assistance (RA) and operating assistance for migrant units. This document describes the method used to distribute funds, the application process, and submission requirements.
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Program for Fiscal Year 2005
Document Number: 05-4773
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This NOFA announces the timeframe to submit applications for section 515 Rural Rental Housing (RRH) loan funds, including applications for the nonprofit set-aside for eligible nonprofit entities, the set-aside for the most Underserved Counties and Colonias (Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act), and the set-aside for Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities (EZ/ECs) and Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) zones. This document describes the methodology that will be used to distribute funds, the application process, submission requirements, and areas of special emphasis or consideration.
Notice of Availability of Funds; Multi-Family Housing, Single Family Housing
Document Number: 05-4771
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces the availability of housing funds for fiscal year 2005 (FY 2005). This action is taken to comply with 42 U.S.C. 1490p, which requires that RHS publish in the Federal Register notice of the availability of any housing assistance.
Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule for Surety Requirements
Document Number: 05-4323
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is withdrawing the direct final rule to change the threshold for surety requirements, published on January 7, 2005 (70 FR 1325-26). RHS stated in the direct final rule that if it received adverse comments by March 8, 2005, the agency would publish a timely notice of withdrawal in the Federal Register. RHS subsequently received adverse comments and, therefore, is withdrawing the direct final rule.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-3623
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the above-named Agencies to request an extension for the currently approved information collection in support of the servicing of Community and Direct Business Programs Loans and Grants.
Reinvention of the Sections 514, 515, 516 and 521 Multi-Family Housing Programs
Document Number: 05-3226
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service is delaying implementation of selected sections of the interim final rule published on November 26, 2004 (69 FR 69032-69176). The interim final rule contains requirements regarding citizenship eligibility about which the Agency received several comments. The comments suggested that Agency procedures unnecessarily imposed more requirements than those required under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) procedures for similar programs. As a result the Agency has decided to delay implementation of the sections listed below in order to harmonize its procedures with HUD under 42 U.S.C. 1436a.
Housing Application Packaging Grants
Document Number: 05-2903
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Agency is revising its internal Housing Application Packaging Grants regulation in order to correct an erroneous reference to the debarment and suspension regulation. This action is necessary since the existing regulation does not accurately reflect the current information. The intended effect is to remove the incorrect reference to the regulation.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Document Number: 05-2706
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is correcting a notice published October 27, 2004 (69 FR 62639-62648). This action is taken to correct the program requirement and eligibility criteria for the location of the low-income rural community office that will be receiving the financial and technical assistance. This correction provides clarification to applicants on how to determine 80 percent of the median household income for a low-income community location. This correction also extends the application deadline date from January 25, 2005, to February 25, 2005. Accordingly, the notice published October 27, 2004 (69 FR 62639- 62648), is corrected as follows: On page 62640, in the second column, under the heading Program Requirements, number 1 should read: ``1. The recipient and beneficiary, but not the intermediary must be located in an eligible rural area. The location of the low-income rural community office that will be receiving the financial and technical assistance must be in a community with a median household income at or below, 80 percent of the State or national median household income. The applicable Rural Development State Office can assist in determining the eligibility of an area. A listing of Rural Development State Offices is included in this Notice.'' On page 62640, in the third column, under the heading Program Requirements, number 3 should read: ``3. Documentation must be submitted to verify recipient eligibility. Acceptable documentation varies depending on the type of recipient: Private nonprofit community- based housing and development organizations must provide a letter confirming its tax-exempt status from the IRS, a certificate of incorporation and good standing from the Secretary of State, or other similar and valid documentation of nonprofit status; for low-income rural community recipients, the Agency requires: (a) evidence the entity is a public body, and (b) census data verifying that the median household income of the community where the office receiving the financial and technical assistance is located is at, or below, 80 percent of the State or national median household income; for federally recognized tribes, the Agency needs the page listing their name from the current Federal Register list of tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding services (see the definition of federally recognized tribes for details on this list).'' On page 62639, in the second column, under the heading Dates paragraph should read: ``The deadline for receipt of an application is 4 p.m. eastern time February 25, 2005. The application date and time are firm. The Agency will not consider any application received after the deadline.'' On page 62642, in the third column, under the heading Submission Dates and Times the second paragraph should read: ``The deadline for receipt of an application is 4 p.m. eastern time on February 25, 2005. The application deadline date and hour are firm and apply to submission of the original application to the National Office in Washington, DC. The Agency will not consider any application received after the deadline. A listing of Rural Development State Offices, their addresses, telephone numbers, and person to contact is provided elsewhere in this Notice.''
Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants
Document Number: 05-2429
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Through this action, the Rural Housing Service (RHS) is revising and clarifying the definition for an existing dwelling and a new dwelling or unit, removing specific dollar limits with regards to insurance deductible clauses, and establishing the amount of insurance required to conform to industry standards. These changes are being made to make more clear what constitutes an existing and a new dwelling, and to conform insurance coverage requirements to industry standards. The intended effect is to improve the delivery and implementation of the Direct Single Family Housing programs.
Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program; Secondary Mortgage Market Participation
Document Number: 05-1034
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is amending its regulations for the Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP). Under the GRRHP, RHS guarantees loans for the development of housing and related facilities for low or moderate-income families in rural areas. RHS administers the GRRHP under the authority of the Housing Act of 1949. The GRRHP regulations are being amended to allow RHS, in the case of a default, to buy back guaranteed loans from investors, lower the minimum level of rehabilitation work when guaranteed loans are used for acquisition and rehabilitation, and clarify certain matters involving Ginnie Mae. These regulatory changes are made to increase participation by the secondary mortgage market in the GRRHP.
Surety Requirements
Document Number: 05-325
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service is amending its regulations to change the threshold for surety requirements guaranteeing payment and performance from a $100,000 contract amount to the maximum Rural Development Single Family Housing area lending limit. This limit will vary by locality. This will liberalize the requirement for surety and take into account the increased construction cost of single family homes in Rural Development's Single Family Housing Program. This will ease the burden on small contractors for whom obtaining surety is difficult and expensive, thereby reducing costs to our single family housing borrowers.