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Request for Proposals (RFP): Demonstration Program for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Seafood Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grants
Document Number: E7-14183
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service published a document in the Federal Register on July 17, 2007, requesting proposals for housing demonstration program for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers grant funds. The deadline date for the submission of applications was inadvertently omitted from the notice.
Request for Proposals (RFP): Demonstration Program for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Seafood Processing and/or Fishery Worker Housing Grants
Document Number: E7-13763
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces the availability of agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery worker housing grants in the States of Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin. This Notice was published on April 6, 2004, in the Federal Register, vol. 69, page 18040, to award $4,970,500 in grant funds for a housing demonstration program for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers in the above states. Public Law 108-199 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004) authorized RHS to establish a demonstration program to provide financial assistance (grants) for processing and/or fishery worker housing in the States of Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin. This RFP requests proposals from qualified private and public nonprofit agencies, non-profit cooperatives, state and local governments, and tribal organizations in Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, and Wisconsin to construct housing for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers. Any one project may not receive grant funds of more than $1,370,595 from this program. Applications will only be accepted from applicants who will use the funds awarded in the following states: Alaska, Mississippi, Utah, or Wisconsin. Housing facilities constructed under this RFP are expected to increase the supply of housing for agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood processing and/or fishery workers in markets where adequate housing is not available. The Agency has remaining funds in the amount of $1,370,595 which will be awarded in this Notice.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E7-12969
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-05
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 Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 07-3164
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the subject agencies' intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the programs for 7 CFR part 1806, subpart A, ``Real Property Insurance.'' This renewal does not involve any revisions to the program regulations.
Funding Opportunity: Section 525 Technical and Supervisory Assistance (TSA) Grants
Document Number: E7-11888
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service, an agency under USDA, Rural Development 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. Dates: The deadline for receipt of preapplication proposals by USDA, Rural Development State Offices is the close of business on July 20, 2007. Preapplications received after July 20, 2007 will not be considered for funding. Within 30 days after the closing date, each State Director will forward to the National Office the original preapplication(s) and supporting documents of the selected applicant. State Directors will be advised of the National Office's action on their selected preapplications. For Further Information Contact: Nica Mathes, Senior Loan Specialist, USDA Rural Development, Single Family Housing Direct Loan Division, Special Programs and New Initiatives Branch, Mail Stop 0783, Room 2206-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0783, phone: (202) 205-3656 or (202) 720-1474, e-mail: nica.mathes@wdc.usda.gov , or FAX: (202) 720-2232.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 07-2925
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agencies intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the programs for Form RD 1940-59, ``Settlement Statement.''
Section 538 Multi-Family Housing Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2007
Document Number: E7-11169
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Through this Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), the Agency announces the implementation of a demonstration program under the section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) pursuant to 7 CFR 3565.4 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 and 7 CFR 3565.17 Demonstration programs. The Demonstration Program's purpose is to test the viability and efficacy of the concept of a continuous loan note guarantee through the construction and permanent loan financing phases of a project. Those applications that meet the Demonstration Program's qualifying criteria and are selected to participate will be offered one loan note guarantee upon closing of the construction loan that will be in effect throughout both of the project's construction and permanent phases without interruption. To be considered for participation in the Demonstration Program, in addition to responding to this NOFA, a Lender must have first submitted its application under either the GRRHP's 2007 Notice at 72 FR 8339 (Feb. 26, 2007) or the GRRHP's 2006 Notice at 71 FR 4559 (Jan. 27, 2006). Furthermore, the application to be considered must have been obligated from October 1, 2006 to July 31, 2007. The funding for the Demonstration Program will be approximately $10 million. 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 wishing to have their FY 2007 obligations considered for the Demonstration Program must send a signed request on its letterhead with the proposed project details as outlined in the ``Demonstration Program Response Submission Address'' section of this NOFA. Demonstration Program Guidelines: The following guidelines are being provided to facilitate a structured implementation of the program: 1. Demonstration guarantee. The Demonstration guarantee is a guarantee that will be offered to those applications that apply for and meet the 2007 Demonstration NOFA's demonstration program's qualifying criteria. The Demonstration guarantee will consist of one loan note guarantee upon closing of the construction loan that will be in effect throughout both of the project's construction and permanent financing phases without interruption. 2. Upon approval of an application from an approved lender, the Agency will commit to providing a demonstration guarantee for the construction and permanent financing phases of the project, subject to the availability of funds. 3. Guarantee percentage and payment. Both construction loan advances and permanent loans are eligible for a guaranty subject to the following limitations: Construction loan advances and permanent loans. The Agency may guarantee a construction contract which has credit enhancements to protect the Government's interest. The Agency can guarantee the ``construction and permanent'' financing phases of a project. The Agency cannot, however, guarantee only the ``construction'' financing phase of a project. Guarantees under the demonstration guarantee will cover construction loan advances and the subsequent permanent loan. A demonstration guarantee requires an additional operating reserve equal to 2% of the appraised value of the project or total development costs, whichever is greater, to be set aside prior to closing the construction loan. This cash contribution is an additional amount, over and above the required initial operating and maintenance contribution. The maximum guarantee of construction advances will not at any time exceed the lesser of 90 percent of the amount of principal and interest up to default advanced for eligible uses of loan proceeds or 90 percent of the original principal amount and interest up to default of a loan. Penalties incurred as a result of default are not covered by the guarantee. The Agency may provide a lesser guarantee based upon its evaluation of the credit quality of the loan. 4. A lender making a construction loan must demonstrate an ability to originate and service construction loans. 5. Guarantee during construction. The Agency will issue a demonstration guarantee only to an approved lender. 6. Demonstration guarantee program compliance requirement. For a demonstration guarantee, the following items will have to be submitted in order to remain compliant with program requirements. The items must be submitted within the timeframe stipulated by the Agency and must also be approved by the Agency: (1) A certificate of substantial completion; (2) A certificate of occupancy or similar evidence of local approval; (3) A final cost certification in a form acceptable to the Agency; (4) A complete copy of the permanent loan closing docket; and (5) Necessary information to complete an updated necessary assistance review by the Agency. The Agency may declare the loan in default if the Lender fails to comply with the demonstration guarantee program guidelines. The Agency may also declare the loan in default if the Agency's final inspection is not satisfactory. To facilitate the implementation of the program, certain program forms may be addended to include relevant Demonstration Program requirements. The selected applicants will be subject to the Demonstration Program guidelines in this NOFA, and GRRHP's controlling statute, regulations, and handbook as amended. The GRRHP operates under the Housing Act of 1949 and regulations at 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/hblist.html#hbw6. Demonstration Program Eligibility: Applications that meet the following criteria will be eligible for consideration to be selected into the Demonstration Program: 1. The project must have been awarded tax credits. 2. The project must have a loan to cost (LTC) ratio equal to or lower than 50%. 3. The Lender must have submitted [for this project] a loan guarantee application under either the GRRHP's 2007 Notice at 72 FR 8339 (Feb. 26, 2007) or the GRRHP's 2006 Notice at 71 FR 4559 (Jan. 27, 2006). Additionally, the application to be considered must have been obligated from October 1, 2006 to July 31, 2007. 4. The Lender must have submitted a timely response to this NOFA in accordance with the ``Demonstration Program Response Submission Address'' section of this NOFA. Demonstration Program Selection Process: Selections from qualified obligations that have requested consideration will be made based on their interest credit scores, with the highest scoring obligations, being selected first, until all available Demonstration Program funds are allocated. In the event of a tie, priority will be given to the project that: is in the smaller rural community, and in case of a subsequent tie has the lowest LTC ratio. Selections into the Demonstration Program will be made on August 14, 2007, from the qualified pool of applications that were obligated from October 1, 2006 to July 31, 2007. In the event there are not enough qualified requests for selection into the Demonstration Program to utilize all the available Demonstration Program set-aside funds of approximately $10 million, then the selection process for any remaining funds will be conducted again on September 11, 2007, and will include all applications obligated from October 1, 2006 to August 31, 2007. All applicants will be notified of the selection results no later than 15 business days from the date of selection. Demonstration Program Response Submission Address: Eligible lenders wishing to have their obligated applications considered for selection into the Demonstration Program must submit a signed request (not to exceed one page) on its letterhead that includes the following information: 1. Developer's Name. 2. Borrower's Name. 3. Project's Name. 4. Project's Address (City and State). 5. Project Type (Family, Senior, or Mixed). 6. Project's Total Units. 7. Project's Total Development Cost (TDC). 8. Amount of 538 Loan Guarantee. 9. Amount of Tax Credits Awarded. 10. Amount and Source of Other Financing. 11. Loan to Cost (LTC) %. 12. Area Population. 13. Date obligated or date of Conditional Commitment. Send the Demonstration Program Response Submission Letter with all of the information listed above, along with a copy of the State Office's ``Proceed with Application/NOFA Response Selection'' letter and a copy of the tax credit award notification to: C.B. Alonso, Senior Loan Specialist, Multi-Family Housing Processing Division, Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, South Agriculture Building, Room 1271, Stop 0781, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0781. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-5066 or sent by e-mail (signed PDF copies of the above submissions) to cb.alonso@wdc.usda.gov. Eligible lenders mailing a request must provide sufficient time to permit delivery to the SUBMISSION ADDRESS on or before August 13, 2007. Acceptance by a U.S. Post Office or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Postage due responses and applications will not be accepted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status or family status (not all prohibited basis apply to all programs). Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice or TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll free (866) 632- 9992 (Voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay (800) 720- 6382 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Document Number: E7-11081
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Notice announces the availability of $6,286,500 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. This Notice lists the information needed to submit an application for these funds.
Notice of Availability of Funds; Multi-Family Housing, Single Family Housing
Document Number: 07-2682
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
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
Document Number: E7-10213
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
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
Document Number: 07-2406
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utility Service
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.
Thermal Standards
Document Number: 07-2366
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
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
Document Number: E7-9128
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-11
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 Fire and Rescue Loans.
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Program for New Construction in Fiscal Year 2007
Document Number: E7-8157
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
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, and a designated reserve for states with rental assistance programs. 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 Funding Availability: Section 515 Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Revitalization Restructuring Program (MPR) for Fiscal Year 2007
Document Number: E7-8148
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
USDA Rural Development administers the programs of Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces the availability of funds and the timeframe to submit applications to participate in a demonstration program to preserve and revitalize existing rural rental housing projects financed by Rural Development under Section 515 of the Housing Act of 1949. The intended effect is to restructure selected existing Section 515 loans expressly for the purpose of ensuring that sufficient resources are available to preserve the rental project for the purpose of providing safe and affordable housing for very low-, low-, or moderate-income residents. Expectations are that properties participating in this program will be revitalized and affordable use extended without displacing tenants because of increased rents. No additional Rural Development rental assistance units will be made available under this program.
Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program
Document Number: 07-1922
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development proposes to implement 7 CFR part 4284, subpart B in order to have an all-inclusive processing and servicing regulation. USDA Rural Development intends to provide a more user-friendly regulation that will be a better resource for public understanding and improvement in program administration.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2007
Document Number: E7-7455
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces that it is soliciting 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 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) for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year 2007
Document Number: E7-7444
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-19
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 Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E7-7062
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-13
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.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E7-6775
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-11
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 Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grant program.
Reserve Account
Document Number: E7-6287
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Through this action, the Rural Housing Service (RHS) is proposing to amend its regulation to change the requirements of the Reserve Account for the Sections 514/516 Farm Labor Housing program and the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing (RRH) program. The intended effect of this action is to address reserve account requirements of new construction rental housing funded under Sections 514/516 and Section 515 and does not affect reserve accounts for existing portfolios.
Notice for Request To Reinstate Previously Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E7-4419
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-12
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.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 07-867
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-02-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agencies intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the Real Estate Title Clearance and Loan Closing regulation.
Notice for Requests for Proposals for Guaranteed Loans under the Section 538; Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) for Fiscal Year 2007
Document Number: E7-3172
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-02-26
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) 2007 subject to the availability of funding. FY 2006 funding for the section 538 was $99 million. This Notice is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations bill to allow applicants sufficient time to leverage financing and submit proposals in the form of ``RESPONSES'', and give the Agency maximum time to process applications within the current fiscal year. A Notice of Funding Availability will be published announcing the funding level for GRRHP for FY 2007 once an appropriations act has been enacted. The commitment of program dollars will be made to applicants of selected responses that have fulfilled the necessary requirements for obligation, to the extent an appropriation act provides funding for GRRHP for FY 2007. 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. 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/hblist.html#hbw6. Eligible lenders are invited to submit responses for the development of affordable rural rental housing, the acquisition with rehabilitation of affordable rural rental housing, and the revitalization, repair, and transfer (as stipulated in 7 CFR 3560.406) of existing direct section 515 housing (transfer costs are subject to Agency approval and must be an eligible use of loan proceeds as listed in 7 CFR 3565.205). Equity payment, as stipulated 7 CFR 3560.406, in the transfer of existing direct section 515 housing, is an eligible use of loan proceeds. In order to be considered, direct section 515 housing projects must need repairs and/or undergo revitalization of a minimum of $6,500 per unit. 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 of requests for proposals, eligible lenders may submit a complete application concurrently with the response. However, submitting a complete application will not have an effect on the respondent's score.
Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants
Document Number: E7-1817
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-02-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Through this action, the Rural Housing Service (RHS) is adopting homeownership education requirements. The lack of homeownership education is a well-known barrier to successful homeownership for many families. The intended effect of this action is to assure that first time homeowners financed under the Section 502 Direct program are well prepared for homeownership by assuring that they receive homeownership education.
Servicing and Collections-Unauthorized Recipients of Financial Assistance
Document Number: 06-9763
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
This action amends the servicing regulations that apply when it is determined that unauthorized recipients have received financial assistance under USDA Business, Cooperative, and Community Facility loan and grant programs. The changes make clear that the first demand letter notifying the recipient of the Agency's determination serves as the initial step in the Agency's collection efforts, and that it may serve as the basis for the recipient's appeal rights. The terms of the first demand letter remain in full force and effect, unless the demand letter is subsequently amended in writing by the Agency after discussions with the recipient or modified as a result of judicial proceedings.
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives-Equal Treatment Rule; Notice of Request for Collection of Public Information With the Use of a Survey
Document Number: E6-19501
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Development's intention to request clearance for a new information collection to measure Rural Development implementation of and compliance with the Equal Treatment Rule (7 CFR part 16) and Executive Order (EO) 13279 Equal Protection of the Laws for Faith-Based and Community Organizations.
Annual Guarantee Fee Due Date
Document Number: E6-16399
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service, an Agency under USDA Rural Development, is proposing to amend its regulations to change the due date of the annual guarantee fee. The annual fee is a non-refundable amount that the lender must pay each year that the loan guarantee remains in effect. Currently, the Finance Office in St. Louis calculates annual fees manually since the borrower submissions of December 31 year-end financial information are not loaded into their automated systems by January 1, when annual fees are due. The Finance Office has requested that the annual fee due date be changed from January 1 to February 28 to allow their automated systems to be uploaded with December 31 year-end information thus enabling them to automate the annual fee calculation process.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 06-7573
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-11
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 a currently approved information collection in support of debt settlement of Community Facilities and Direct Business Program Loans and Grants.
Notice of Availability of Hurricane Disaster Assistance
Document Number: E6-13432
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service programs are administered through USDA Rural Development. This Notice is intended to announce the availability of supplemental hurricane disaster assistance to be administered through the Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan and Grant program. USDA Rural Development will provide CF Grant funds in the amount of $20,000,000 and CF Direct Loan funds in the amount of $149,253,000 for essential community facilities in rural areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes of the 2005 season.
Notice of Request for Collection of Public Information With the Use of a Survey
Document Number: E6-11946
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-26
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) intention to request clearance for continuation of information collection to measure the quality of loan servicing provided by the RHS, Centralized Servicing Center (CSC) in St. Louis, MO.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Document Number: 06-6150
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-12
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), 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. This Notice lists the information needed to submit an application for these funds.
Regulations Regarding Employee Conflicts of Interest
Document Number: 06-6122
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-07-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
This rule clarifies the regulations governing employee conflicts of interest for the successor agencies of the former Farmers Home Administration (FmHA), which was reorganized by the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-354) into the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service and Rural Utilities Service. Since the reorganization, FSA revised its regulations to streamline them and separate them from the other successor agencies. FSA's regulations regarding employee conflicts of interest are now found in regulations published by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in 5 CFR part 2635 and regulations published jointly by OGE and FSA in 5 CFR part 8301. To avoid confusion regarding applicability of the regulations, this rule amends 7 CFR part 1900, subpart D to provide specifically that they do not apply to FSA.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 06-6031
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, 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 USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) and Rural Development, henceforth collectively known as Rural Development, or individually as Housing and Community Programs, Business and Cooperative Programs, Utility Programs, to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of compliance with applicable acts for planning and performing construction and other development work.
Notice of Funding for the Rural Housing Demonstration Program
Document Number: E6-10482
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) an Agency under USDA Rural Development, announces the availability of housing funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 for the Rural Housing Demonstration Program. For FY 2006, USDA Rural Development has set aside $1 million for the Innovative Demonstration Initiatives and is soliciting proposals for a Housing Demonstration program under section 506(b) of title V of the Housing Act of 1949. Under section 506(b), USDA Rural Development may provide loans to low income borrowers to purchase innovative housing units and systems that do not meet existing published standards, rules, regulations, or policies. The intended effect is to increase the availability of affordable Rural Housing (RH) for low-income families through innovative designs and systems.
Deployment and Implementation of the Preservation Information Exchange (PIX) Application
Document Number: 06-5915
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces the deployment and implementation of the PIX System. PIX is a web-based automated system that will allow interested non-profit organizations and public bodies to register to receive e-mail notification of all relevant prepayment requests and potential sales to non-profits or public bodies of Section 515 Rural Rental Housing (RRH) properties.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E6-10147
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-28
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 rural housing loans.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 06-5580
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agencies' intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of 7 CFR part 1951, subpart F, ``Analyzing Credit Needs and Graduation of Borrowers.''
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E6-8654
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-05
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.
Notice of Availability of Hurricane Disaster Assistance-Section 502 Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: E6-7901
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service, an agency within the USDA Rural Development mission area, provides housing loan guarantees to rural residents through its Section 502 Guaranteed Loan Program. The Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006 (Act), Pub. L. 109-148 (12/30/05) provides USDA Rural Development with additional authorities and resources to address the damage caused by hurricanes that occurred during the 2005 calendar year. The intent of this NOFA is to introduce a temporary Mortgage Recovery Advance Program for existing Section 502 Guaranteed Loan Program borrowers impacted by certain 2005 hurricanes.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 06-4744
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development, henceforth collectively known as Rural Development, or individually as Housing and Community Programs, Business and Cooperative Programs, Utility Programs, to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable environmental requirements.
Funding Opportunity: Section 525 Technical and Supervisory Assistance (TSA) Grants
Document Number: E6-7151
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service is correcting a notice published in the Federal Register on Monday, April 17, 2006. 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 17, 2006 (71 FR 19682- 19690), is corrected as follows: On page 19685, in the third column under the heading, ``Where to file,'' the Delaware & Maryland State Office address is corrected to read as follows: Delaware & Maryland State Office, 1221 College Park Drive, Suite 200, Dover, DE 19904-8724. (302) 857-3600, TDD (302) 857- 3585, W. Drew Clendaniel.
Surety Requirements
Document Number: 06-4089
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-02
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. On August 26, 2005 (70 FR 50222), the Rural Housing Service proposed to change the surety requirements for Single Family Housing loans under Section 502 of the Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1472). The rule, open for comment for a period of 60 days, received two comments regarding its implementation in Rural Housing procedure. The first comment is in favor of this final rule, thus reinforcing the idea that reducing costs for the contractor by raising the threshold at which surety is required, ultimately benefits the borrower through greater cost savings. The second comment does not favor the proposed rule. The essence of this argument is based upon protecting federal funds, by providing surety (performance and payment bonds). The cost of surety places a greater financial burden on the borrower, as well as making it more difficult for small contractors in rural areas to service RHS borrowers. RHS oversees the construction process until the project is complete, insuring that Federal funds are properly disbursed for the adequate amount of completed construction demonstrated by the contractor. In addition, surety requirements are not entirely eliminated in Single Family Housing. If the borrower requests surety or the loan official feels that additional security is needed for a specific project, then surety will be provided.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 06-3695
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agencies' intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR part 1942, subpart A, ``Community Facility Loans.''
Funding Opportunity: Section 525 Technical and Supervisory Assistance (TSA) Grants
Document Number: E6-5688
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service, an agency under USDA, Rural Development 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 Availability of Funds; Multi-Family Housing, Single Family Housing; Correction
Document Number: 06-3072
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service is correcting a notice published March 20, 2006 [71 FR 14056-14070]. The action is taken to correct the listing of the State Office addresses on pages 14062 and 14063. The list is attached at the end of the document.
Notice of Funding Availability: The Choctaw Intermediate Relending Fund (CIRF) Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2006
Document Number: E6-4059
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service, (RHS), an Agency under USDA 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' loan affiliate funds and State and local housing finance agencies, to carry out a housing demonstration program to provide loans for the construction and rehabilitation of housing for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Housing that is assisted by this demonstration program must be financed by USDA Rural Development in accordance with its current housing loan programs as authorized by the Housing Act of 1949. This demonstration program will be achieved through loans made to intermediaries who will then make loans to ultimate recipients for the construction and rehabilitation of housing for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (as determined by the Native American Housing and Self Determination (NAHASDA) Act.)
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA): Section 515 Multi-Family Housing Preservation Revolving Loan Fund (PRLF) Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2006
Document Number: E6-3963
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service, (RHS), an Agency under USDA 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 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 USDA Rural Development 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.
Notice of Funds Availability for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2006
Document Number: 06-2451
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-20
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 preapplications for HPG funds from eligible applicants. The intended effect of this Notice is to provide eligible organizations notice of these dates.
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Program for Fiscal Year 2006
Document Number: 06-2450
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-20
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.