Rural Housing Service May 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2016
Document Number: 2016-12070
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency within the USDA Rural Development mission area herein referred to as the Agency announces the availability of funding under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program. 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 that will support the community. This Notice lists the information needed to submit an application for these funds. This Notice contains revised evaluation criteria that are streamlined, in order to enhance program efficiency and delivery.
Request for Proposals: Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance Grants
Document Number: 2016-12068
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Request for Proposal (RFP) announces an availability of funds and the timeframe to submit proposals for Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance (FLH-TA) grants. Section 516(i) of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended (Act), authorizes the Rural Housing Service (RHS) to provide financial assistance (grants) to eligible private and public non-profit agencies to encourage the development of domestic and migrant farm labor housing projects. This RFP requests proposals from qualified private and public non-profit agencies to provide technical assistance to groups who qualify for FLH loans and grants. Work performed under these grants is expected to result in an increased submission of quality applications for FLH loans and grants under the Section 514 and Section 516 programs and as a result an increase in the availability of decent, safe, and sanitary housing for farm laborers.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-11909
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-19
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 ``Section 515 Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization (MPR) Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2006''.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-11831
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2016-11608
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) is amending the current regulation for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) on the subject of liquidation value appraisals. In order to reduce overall processing time, reduce cost, and expedite claim submission, lenders will order the liquidation value appraisal used to estimate a loss claim against the SFHGLP instead of the Agency. Currently, if a Real Estate Owned (REO) property remains unsold by the lender at the end of the permissible marketing period, the Agency orders a liquidation value appraisal and applies an acquisition and management resale factor to estimate holding and disposition cost. This amendment requires the servicing lender to order the liquidation value appraisal. The costs associated with obtaining the liquidation value appraisal can then be included in the liquidation costs paid under the guarantee.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Multi-Family Housing Program 2016 Industry Forums-Open Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings
Document Number: 2016-10861
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Notice announces a series of Teleconferences and/or Web Conference Meetings regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Multi-Family Housing program. The Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings will be scheduled on a quarterly basis, but may be held more often at the Agency's discretion. This Notice also outlines suggested discussion topics for the meetings and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to participate in the Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-10640
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-06
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 the currently approved information collection in support of our program for Complaints and Compensation for Construction Defects.
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant; Correction
Document Number: 2016-10636
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Agency published a document in the Federal Register of January 14, 2016 at 81 FR 1861 establishing a technical assistance and training grant program for qualified public bodies, nonprofit corporations, and federally recognized tribes and Indian Tribes on Federal and State Reservations that will serve rural areas for the purpose of enabling the grantees to provide technical assistance and training with respect to essential community facilities authorized under section 306(a)(1) of the CONACT (7 U.S.C. 1926(a)) This document has an incorrect cross-reference and an ineligible project purpose which needs to be removed due to the publication of the new 7 CFR part 1970 regulations.
Environmental Policies and Procedures; Corrections
Document Number: 2016-10381
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
This document corrects errors in the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of March 2, 2016, entitled ``Environmental Policies and Procedures.'' The rule replaced two existing rules relating to the Agency's procedures for implementing NEPA.
Environmental Policies and Procedures; Correction
Document Number: 2016-10377
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, and Farm Service Agency published a document in the Federal Register on March 2, 2016 (81 FR 11000), entitled ``Environmental Policies and Procedures.'' The rule replaced two existing rules related to the Agency's procedures for implementing NEPA. This correction will replace the introductory text to paragraph (a) of Sec. 1955.136.
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2016-10217
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) is amending the current regulation for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) on the subjects of lender indemnification, refinancing, and qualified mortgage requirements. The Agency is expanding its lender indemnification authority for loss claims in the case of fraud, misrepresentation, or noncompliance with applicable loan origination requirements. This action is taken to continue the Agency's efforts to improve and expand the risk management of the SFHGLP. The Agency is amending its refinancing provisions to simply require that the new interest rate not exceed the interest rate on the original loan and to add a new refinance option, ``streamlined-assist.'' Finally, the agency is amending its regulation to indicate that a loan guaranteed by RHS is a Qualified Mortgage if it meets certain requirements set forth by the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau (CFPB).