Notice of Availability of Funds; Multi-Family Housing, Single Family Housing
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces the availability of housing funds for fiscal year (FY) 2007. 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.
Funding Opportunity: Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing (FLH) Grants for Off-Farm Housing
The Rural Housing Service is correcting a notice published in the Federal Register on Thursday, April 19, 2007. This action is taken to correct a State Office address referenced in the contact information of the application and submission portion of the notice. This correction will insure that the applicant receives the most current and accurate information necessary for the submission of the proposal packages. Accordingly, the notice published on April 19, 2007 (72 FR 19680- 19684) is corrected as follows: On page 19680, in the third column under the heading, ``Submission Address,'' the Idaho State Office address is added to read as follows: Idaho State Office, 9173 West Barnes Drive, Suite A1, Boise, ID 83709, (208) 378-5627, Roni Atkins.
Streamlining of the Section 523 Mutual and Self-Help Housing Program
This action proposes to replace the Mutual and Self-Help Housing Program's (MSH) administration under 7 CFR part 1944, Subpart I with 7 CFR part 3551. This rule will apply to grants executed after the effective date of the final rule. The Rural Housing Service (an agency within the Rural Development mission area) proposes to streamline and clarify its regulations for MSH. This action is taken to reduce regulations, improve customer service and enhance efficiency, flexibility, and effectiveness in managing the program.
The Rural Housing Service (Agency) is proposing to amend its regulations to be consistent with other federal agencies. The current thermal standards for existing single family housing can impose an unnecessary financial burden on the borrower. Removing the thermal standards for existing single family housing will provide consistency with HUD existing single family housing thermal standards. This change will not affect the thermal standards for new construction; such requirements are generally prescribed by adopted building and model energy codes. Construction materials and building techniques have improved tremendously during the last thirty years, creating many alternatives to achieve thermally efficient homes. Removing the Agency's imposed thermal standards for existing single family housing will give a borrower the opportunity to allocate money towards other improvements which may result in higher cost savings. The rule will not result in any increase in costs or prices to consumers; non-profit organizations; businesses; Federal, State, or local government agencies; or geographic regions.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
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 Fire and Rescue Loans.