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Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of Applications for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012
Document Number: 2012-17462
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Notice announces the timeframe to submit pre-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 and for the purchase and substantial rehabilitation of an existing non-farm labor housing (FLH) property. The intended purpose of these loans and grants is to increase the number of available housing units for domestic farm laborers. This Notice describes the method used to distribute funds, the application process, and submission requirements.
Disaster Designation Process
Document Number: 2012-17137
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is revising its disaster designation regulations, with minor changes from the proposed rule. The rule simplifies procedures for Secretarial designations of disaster areas. This rule includes provisions for nearly automatic disaster designation in the case of severe drought. The rule also provides procedures FSA may use to delegate disaster designation authority to FSA State level officials. The rule removes the requirement that a State Governor or Indian Tribal Council must request a Secretarial disaster designation before a designation can be made. Also, this rule moves the disaster designation regulations to the same chapter of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as the FSA Emergency Loan (EM) Program regulations. FSA expects that the simplified process will result in faster designations of disaster areas, and result in more timely disaster assistance.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Limit Change
Document Number: 2012-17061
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
Rural Development is amending its regulations to address the change in the standard maximum deposit insurance amount under the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2012-16864
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
This final rule implements a change in the regulations for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Housing Service (RHS) Section 502 Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) (also referred to as ``Agency'') by requiring an annual fee for all loan obligations. This action is taken to implement authorities granted the Secretary of the USDA, in Sec. 102 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 to collect from the lender an annual fee not to exceed 0.5 percent of the outstanding principal balance of the loan for the life of the loan. The primary intent of the annual fee is to make the SFHGLP subsidy neutral when used in conjunction with the one- time up-front guarantee fee, thus eliminating the need for taxpayer support of the program at its current loan level.
Reserve Account
Document Number: 2012-16731
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Through this action, the Rural Housing Service (RHS) is amending its regulation to change the Reserve Account for new construction for the Sections 514/516 Farm Labor Housing (FLH) program and the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing (RRH) program. This action will not affect reserve accounts for existing portfolios.
Notice for Request To Reinstate Previously Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-15580
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-26
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) intent to reinstate a previously approved information collection in support of the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program.
Community Programs Guaranteed Loans
Document Number: 2012-15579
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-06-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) proposes to amend the regulations utilized to service the Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program by amending the regulation in two separate sections, in order to clarify the types of projects that are eligible for a Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan. The intended effect of this action is to strengthen the Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program by limiting the risk to the guaranteed loan portfolio. RHS is seeking to prohibit the financing of facilities in which the operation of such facilities have not been supported by the community and have resulted in significant default and loan losses to the agency.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-14910
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-19
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 Single Family Housing Direct Loans and Grants programs. The collection involves the use of Form RD 410-8, ``Applicant Reference Letter.'' The Form will be used to obtain information about an applicant's credit history that might not appear on a credit report and to provide clarification on the promptness of applicant's payments on debts, which enables Rural Housing Service to make better creditworthiness decisions.
Community Facility Loans
Document Number: 2012-11961
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Housing Service (Agency) is amending regulations on Community Facility Loans, to maintain consistency with standard industry contracts and to make minor revisions to streamline processing applications. These revisions are needed to conform to market and industry changes by updating, clarifying, and modifying the regulatory requirements for community facility construction and development. The amendments to the regulation will streamline current processes and provide for faster reviews of alternate construction contract methods (such as Design/Build and Construction Management) by the Agency's National Office.
Notice of Funds Availability for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2012
Document Number: 2012-11036
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an Agency within Rural Development, 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 non- profit organizations, which may include, but not be limited to, faith- based and community 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 RHS regulations which require RHS to announce the opening and closing dates for receipt of preapplications 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) Inviting Applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2011 and Fiscal Year 2012
Document Number: 2012-6611
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Notice announces the availability of $8,611,000 of FYs 2011 and 2012 funding of competitive grant funds for the RCDI program through the Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency within the USDA Rural Development mission area (Agency). Appropriation Acts made available $4,990,000 in FY 2011 and $3,621,000 in FY 2012 for the RCDI program for a total of $8,611,000 for the two fiscal years. The RCDI grant program includes an initiative called the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. For FY 2011 and the FY 2012 RCDI funds will be divided between the traditional RCDI Program and the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge as follows: $2,500,000 of the FY 2011 funds and $1,811,000 of the FY 2012 funds will be available for the traditional RCDI program and $2,490,000 of the FY 2011 funds and $1,810,000 of the FY 2012 will be reserved for awards through a Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement in partnership with the Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. An application for ``Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge'' funds must be submitted to both USDA and EDA by an organization or a team of organizations that is individually or collectively eligible to receive funding from USDA and EDA. Additional information regarding the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge can be found in Part VI and Part VII of this NOFA. Requirements outlined in Parts II, III, VIII, IX, X, and XI of this NOFA apply to both the Traditional RCDI Program and the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. All 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: 2012-6472
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's (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-I).
U.S. Department of Agriculture Multi-Family Housing Program 2012 Industry Forums-Open Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings
Document Number: 2012-1573
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Notice announces a series of teleconferences and/or Web conference meetings regarding the USDA Multi-Family Housing Program. The teleconference and/or Web conference meetings will be scheduled on a quarterly basis, but may be held monthly 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 Funding Availability: Rural Development Voucher Program
Document Number: 2012-1270
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Fiscal Year 2006 established a demonstration Rural Development Voucher Program, as authorized under Section 542 of the Housing Act of 1949 as amended, (without regard to Section 542(b)). This Notice informs the public that funding is available for the Rural Development Voucher Program. The notice also sets forth the general policies and procedures for use of these vouchers for Fiscal Year 2012. Pursuant to the requirements in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, Public Law 112-55 (November 18, 2011), Rural Development Vouchers are only available to low income tenants of Rural Development-financed multifamily properties where the Section 515 loan has been prepaid, either through prepayment or a foreclosure action, prior to the loan's maturity date and after September 30, 2005.
Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants
Document Number: 2012-1268
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Through this action, the Rural Housing Service (RHS) amends its regulations for the Direct Single Family Housing Loans by reinstating language in the Single Family Housing (SFH) recapture regulation to enable full repayment of the entire subsidy in event of foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (voluntary conveyance). This action clarifies that in the event of foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (voluntary conveyance) the RHS will recapture the full subsidy from the value of the property.
Intergovernmental Review
Document Number: 2011-33025
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The U. S. Department of Agriculture (``Department'') is amending several regulations, which make reference to RD Instruction 1940-J, Intergovernmental Review.'' This action is necessary since the affected regulations refer to RD Instruction 1940-J, which is being rewritten and replaced by RD Instruction 1970-I. The intended effect is to simplify and update the regulations and to ensure the Department's field offices have current guidance on intergovernmental review of proposed projects being reviewed pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.
Disaster Designation Process
Document Number: 2011-29011
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) proposes to amend the disaster designation regulations with simplified procedures for designating USDA Secretarial disaster areas. Proposed changes to the regulation would delegate the designation authority to FSA State officials, remove the requirement that a request for designation of a disaster area be initiated and submitted by a State Governor or Indian Tribal Council to the Secretary, add a simplified disaster designation in severe drought situations, and change the USDA Secretarial disaster designation process from six steps to two steps for natural disasters, including special provisions for certain drought situations. FSA proposes to move the regulations to the same chapter of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as the FSA Emergency Loan (EM) Program regulations. FSA expects the amended procedures would result in faster designations of disaster areas, and result in more timely disaster assistance.
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2011-27945
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The United States Department of Agricultural (USDA), Rural Housing Service (RHS) proposes a change to its Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) regulation. The proposed action is taken to implement authorities granted the Secretary of the USDA, in Sec. 102 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-212, July 29, 2010) to collect from the lender an annual fee not to exceed 0.5 percent of the outstanding principal balance of the loan for the life of the loan. The intent of the annual fee is to make the SFHGLP subsidy neutral when used in conjunction with the one-time guarantee fee, thus eliminating the need for taxpayer support of the program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, an annual fee of 0.3 percent of the outstanding principal balance will be required in order that the SFHGLP may maintain subsidy neutrality. Beginning with all loans obligated on or after October 1, 2011, RHS proposes to charge an annual fee of 0.3 percent of the outstanding principal balance of the loan for the life of the loan.
Funds Availability for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year 2011
Document Number: 2011-22133
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This notice corrects the scoring points to a Notice published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2011, regarding Funds Availability for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. The correction changes the points assigned under section VI. Pre- application Review Information, (A)(1)(v)(a) entitled New Construction Energy Conservation. This notice also extends the pre-application closing deadline to 5 p.m., local time to September 6, 2011.
Notice of Funding Availability: Section 515 Multi-Family Housing Preservation Revolving Loan Fund (PRLF) Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2011
Document Number: 2011-21318
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service of Rural Development previously announced the availability of funds and the timeframe to submit applications for loans to private non-profit organizations, and State and local housing finance agencies, to carry out a demonstration program to provide revolving loans for the preservation and revitalization of low-income Multi-Family Housing (MFH) in a Notice published November 9, 2010 (75 FR 68748). Rural Development did not receive sufficient applications to use all available funds. As a result, Rural Development is soliciting additional applications under this Notice. Housing that is assisted by this demonstration program must be financed by Rural Development through its MFH loan program under Sections 515, 514 and 516 of the Housing Act of 1949. The goals of this demonstration program will be achieved through loans made to intermediaries. The intermediaries will establish their programs for the purpose of providing loans to ultimate recipients for the preservation and revitalization of low income Sections 515, 514 and 516 MFH as affordable housing.
Notice of Funds Availability for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011
Document Number: 2011-21013
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This notice corrects the scoring points available to a Notice published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2011 regarding Funds Availability for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for FY 2011. The correction changes the scoring under section VI. Pre-Application Review Information, (A)(1)(v)(b) entitled Energy Conservation for Purchase and Substantial Rehabilitation for an existing non-Farm Labor Housing (FLH) property. The scoring has changed to increase the maximum points from 16 points to 32 points.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-20785
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service (RHS), the Rural Business- Cooperative Service (RBS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of compliance with Civil Rights laws.
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA): Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Program for New Construction or Purchase and Rehabilitation of Existing Rural Multi-Family Properties in Fiscal Year 2011
Document Number: 2011-17530
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development administers the programs of the RHS. This NOFA announces the timeframe to submit pre-applications for Section 515 Rural Rental Housing (RRH) loan funds, including pre-applications for the nonprofit set-aside for eligible nonprofit entities, set-aside for Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP), and the set-aside for the most Underserved Counties and Colonias (Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act). This document describes the methodology that will be used to distribute funds, the application process, submission requirements, and areas of special emphasis or consideration. For FY 2011, the Agency will provide additional scoring points to those proposals involving energy initiatives.
Notice of Funding Availability of Applications (NOFA) for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011
Document Number: 2011-17110
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This notice announces the timeframe to submit pre-applications
Notice of Funds Availability for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2011
Document Number: 2011-17109
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an Agency within Rural
Notice of Funding Availability: Sections 514, 515 and 516 Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2011
Document Number: 2011-17107
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural
Notice of Funding Availability: Rural Development Voucher Program
Document Number: 2011-16458
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This notice informs the public that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Fiscal Year 2006 established a demonstration Rural Development Voucher Program, as authorized under Section 542 of the Housing Act of 1949 as amended, (without regard to Section 542(b)). This notice informs the public that funding is available for the Rural Development Voucher Program. The notice also sets forth the general policies and procedures for use of these vouchers for Fiscal Year 2011. Pursuant to the requirements in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, Public Law 111-80 (October 16, 2009) and the Department of Defense and full-year continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 Public Law 112-10 (April 15, 2011), Rural Development Vouchers are only available to low income tenants of Rural Development-financed multifamily properties where the Section 515 loan has been prepaid, either through prepayment or a foreclosure action, prior to the loan's maturity date and after September 30, 2005.
Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirements) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for the Haywood County, North Carolina, Social Services, Adaptive Renovation Project
Document Number: 2011-14738
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants a project waiver of the Buy American Requirements [manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] of ARRA, to Haywood County, North Carolina, (County) for the purchase of foreign- manufactured Heating,Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment for an adaptive reuse renovation project for the Haywood County Department of Social Services. This is a project-specific waiver under section 1605(b)(2) of ARRA. This waiver only applies to the use of the specified product for the ARRA project being proposed. Any other ARRA recipient that wishes to use the same product must apply for a separate waiver based on project-specific circumstances. The County-proposed HVAC improvements were selected to address the unique conditions presented by the existing building. Based upon information submitted by the County and its consultants, it was determined that the HVAC equipment that will meet the County's design and performance specifications is manufactured only by Daikin of Japan and Thailand. This determination is based on the review and recommendations of the Rural Development Buy American Coordinator. The County, through its design engineer, has provided sufficient documentation to support its request. The Under Secretary for Rural Development has concurred in this decision to waive section 1605 of ARRA. This action permits the purchase of a Daikin VRV III HVAC unit. This unit addresses the operational requirements to heat and cool simultaneously, perform very efficiently, and is compatible and adaptable to the space restrictions created by the existing facility.
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2011-13061
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-05-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
This final rule implements two changes in the regulations for the Rural Housing Service (RHS) Section 502 Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) by eliminating the lender's published Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rate for first mortgage loans with no discount points as an option for a maximum interest rate on loans and by allowing the Secretary to seek indemnification from the originating lender if a loss is paid under certain circumstances. This action is taken to achieve savings for the taxpayer, simplify regulations, and promote efficiency in managing the SFHGLP.
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Loan Guarantees Under Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) for Fiscal Year 2011
Document Number: 2011-13012
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-26
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) 2011. The Department of Defense and Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Pub. L. 112-20) (April 15, 2011) appropriated approximately $31,000,000 to the Agency for FY 2011 funding for the section 538 program. The commitment of program dollars will be made first to approved and complete applications from prior years NOFA, then to applicants of selected responses in the order they are ranked under this NOFA that have fulfilled the necessary requirements for obligation. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant's risk. The following paragraphs outline the timeframes, eligibility requirements, lender responsibilities, and the overall response and application processes. Eligible lenders are invited to submit responses for new construction and acquisition with rehabilitation of affordable rural rental housing. The Agency 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 NOFA, eligible lenders may submit a complete application concurrently with the response. Submitting a complete application will not have any effect on the respondent's NOFA response score.
Community Facility Loans
Document Number: 2011-9630
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, Farm Services Agency
The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes to amend its regulations to maintain consistency with standard industry contracts and to make minor revisions to streamline processing applications. These revisions are needed to conform with market and industry changes by updating, clarifying, and modifying the regulatory requirements for community facility construction and development. The amendments to the regulation will streamline current processes and provide for faster reviews of alternate construction contract methods (such as Design/ Build and Construction Management) by the Agency's National Office. This rule can also apply to applications under the Rural Business- Cooperative Service Programs.
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-6462
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing 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.
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-5952
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-15
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 Rural Development's intention to request a revision for a currently approved information collection in support of loan programs administered by the Rural Housing Service, Business- Cooperative Service, and Rural Utilities Service.
Notice of a Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirements) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Drew County, AR, Memorial Hospital Renovation and Expansion Project
Document Number: 2011-4482
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (``USDA'') grants a project waiver of the Buy American Requirements [manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] of ARRA to Drew County, Arkansas, (``County'') for the purchase of foreign manufactured Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment for a hospital renovation and expansion project. This is a project specific waiver under section 1605 (b)(2) of ARRA. This waiver only applies to the use of the specified product for the ARRA project being proposed. Any other ARRA recipient that wishes to use the same product must apply for a separate waiver based on project specific circumstances. The County- proposed HVAC improvements were selected to address the unique conditions presented by the existing building. Based upon information submitted by the County and its consultants, it was determined that the HVAC equipment that will meet the County's design and performance specifications is manufactured only by Daikin and SkyAir of Japan and Thailand, respectively. This determination is based on the review and recommendations of the Rural Development Buy American Coordinator. The County, through its design engineer, has provided sufficient documentation to support its request. The Under Secretary for Rural Development has concurred in this decision to waive Section 1605 of ARRA. This action permits the purchase of a Daikin RXS/FTXS (wall mounted indoor unit) HVAC unit and SkyAir FCQ/RZQ (cassette-style, ceiling mounted indoor unit). These units address the operational requirement to heat and cool simultaneously, perform very efficiently, and are compatible and adaptable to the space restrictions created by the existing facility.
Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program 2011 Industry Forums-Open Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings
Document Number: 2011-3300
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This notice announces a series of teleconference and/or Web conference meetings regarding the USDA Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program, which are scheduled to occur during the months of February, June, and October of 2011. 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: 2011-305
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this Notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for the Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-304
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program of the Agency's use of supervised bank accounts (SBA).
Continuous Construction-Permanent Loan Guarantees Under the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program
Document Number: 2010-33042
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) (an agency within the Rural Development mission area) is amending its regulations to add an additional form of guarantee that is now available under its Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program. A single, continuous guarantee during the construction phase for construction advances and the permanent financing phase of the project (for loans that meet certain criteria) will now be provided in addition to the two existing forms of guarantees under the program. This action is taken to enhance efficiency, flexibility, and effectiveness in managing the program.
Multi-Family Housing Program 2011 Industry Forums-Open Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings
Document Number: 2010-32238
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Notice announces a series of teleconference and/or Web conference meetings regarding the USDA Multi-Family Housing Program. The teleconference and/or Web conference meetings will be scheduled on a quarterly basis, but may be held monthly at the Agency's discretion. Teleconference and/or Web conference meetings are scheduled to occur during the months of January, April, July, and October of 2011. 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: 2010-32182
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-23
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's) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of 7 CFR part 3560, Direct Multi-Family Housing Loans and Grants.
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA): Section 515 Multi-Family Housing Preservation Revolving Loan Fund (PRLF) Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2011
Document Number: 2010-28253
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service of Rural Development 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 and local housing finance agencies, to carry out a demonstration program to provide revolving loans for the preservation and revitalization of low-income Multi- Family Housing (MFH). Housing that is assisted by this demonstration program must be financed by Rural Development through its MFH loan program under Sections 515, 514 and 516 of the Housing Act of 1949. The goals of this demonstration program will be achieved through loans made to intermediaries. The intermediaries will establish their programs for the purpose of providing loans to ultimate recipients for the preservation and revitalization of low income Sections 515, 514 and 516 MFH as affordable housing.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2010-24492
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-30
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 Technical and Supervisory Assistance (TSA) grants.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2010
Document Number: 2010-23764
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Notice announces the availability of $6,256,000 of competitive grant funds for the RCDI program through the Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency within the USDA Rural Development mission area 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. The RCDI grant program also includes an initiative called ``Great Regions.'' This Notice lists the information needed to submit an application for these funds.
Guaranteed Single Family Housing Loans
Document Number: 2010-21261
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is amending its regulations to add new servicing options to the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) that lenders may utilize while still maintaining the SFHGLP loan guarantee. The Agency will allow lenders to extend loans for a term of up to 40 years from the date of modification. The Agency also will allow lenders to advance funds on behalf of borrowers in amounts necessary to bring defaulted loans current, up to 30 percent of the unpaid principal balance of the loan. Upon request, RHS will reimburse the lender for eligible advances. The intended effect is to reduce mortgage foreclosures among SFHGLP borrowers and help stabilize the national housing market. This amendment is being issued as a final rule pursuant to section 101(c)(1) of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, which authorizes RHS to promulgate this rule without regard to the notice and comment provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553 or the Statement of Policy of the Secretary of Agriculture effective July 24, 1971 (36 FR 13804) relating to notices of proposed rulemaking and public participation in rulemaking.
Notice of Funding Availability: Rural Development Voucher Program
Document Number: 2010-21072
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-08-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service published a document in the Federal Register on April 14, 2010, announcing the funding available for the Rural Development Voucher Program. A correction to the document is needed to clarify what documentation is required for proof of citizenship and to correct the median income hyperlink.
Project Waiver Granted to Custer County, South Dakota for the Purchase of Foreign Manufactured Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) Equipment
Document Number: 2010-19894
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-08-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (``USDA'') grants a project waiver of the Buy American Requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (``ARRA''), to Custer County, South Dakota (``County'') for the purchase of foreign manufactured Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (``HVAC'') equipment for a Courthouse renovation and expansion project because the necessary manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality. This action permits the purchase of a Daikin VRV III HVAC unit and Tempeff Dual Core Technology unit of Japan and Canada respectively. These units
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2010-15684
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-29
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 Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grant program.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Correction
Document Number: 2010-15553
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing published a document in the Federal Register of June 16, 2010, concerning the extension of a currently approved information collection. The document contained incorrect information.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2010-15063
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the above-named Agency to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the Community Facilities Grant Program.