Rural Housing Service – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Announcement of the Availability of Puerto Rico Rural Partners Network Rural Community Development Initiative
Document Number: 2024-10363
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the acceptance of applications under the Puerto Rico Rural Partners Network (RPN) Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program to provide authorized activities in Puerto Rico areas affected by a disaster declared by the President or the Secretary of Agriculture. These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community. The maximum grant award amount available to an intermediary is $250,000. The Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009, created the Disaster Assistance Fund (DAF) and the Secretary of Agriculture has authorized $1,000,000 of DAF funds to be utilized in Puerto Rico for the RCDI program for the purposes described in this NOFA.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants for New Construction for Fiscal Year 2024; Correction
Document Number: 2024-10173
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is correcting a notice of solicitation of applications (NOSA) that published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2024, entitled, "Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants for New Construction for Fiscal Year 2024." The notice described the methods used to distribute funds, the pre-application and final application process, and submission requirements. The purpose of this document is to correct the inadvertent errors to the commitment letter requirements published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2024.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024; Correction
Document Number: 2024-09449
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service, agencies that comprise the Rural Development Mission Area within the United States Department of Agriculture, published a notice of solicitation of applications in the Federal Register on February 13, 2024, entitled "Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024." The NOSA provides requirements to applicants submitting applications for Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) points through Secretary of Agriculture designated covered programs. Based on funding availability guidance published in the NOSA, this Correction Notice is issued to clarify that Community Facilities Grant Program funds will not be reserved for SECD in FY 2024. This Correction Notice also clarifies that approved USDA Rural Partners Network (RPN) networks are considered multi-jurisdictional entities for purposes of SECD and that community and economic development plans created in association with an RPN network will be accepted as plans under SECD.
Rural Development Regulations With the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) for Federal Awards
Document Number: 2024-09447
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-05-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Services (RUS), agencies in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) Mission area, are issuing a final rule to update RD program regulations by removing references to the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers and replacing them with the new Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) as the primary means of identifying entities registered for Federal awards government-wide in the System for Award Management (SAM).
Update to Methodology and Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Program Funds
Document Number: 2024-09446
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-05-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service (RBCS, RHS, RUS, or collectively referred to as the Agency), of the Rural Development (RD) mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is issuing this final rule to update the data it uses to determine a State's percentage of national nonmetropolitan unemployment income. The Agency is amending two regulations to correct the source for the data and provide transparency on its process of determining state funding allocations for various Agency programs.
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2024-09315
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites comments on the Planning and Performing Construction and Other Development information collection package and announces the Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency) intention to request a revision for a currently approved information collection from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants for New Construction for Fiscal Year 2024
Document Number: 2024-08155
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces that it is soliciting competitive pre-applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing (Off-FLH) loans and Section 516 Off- FLH grants for the construction of new Off-FLH units for domestic farm laborers, retired domestic farm laborers, or disabled domestic farm laborers. The program objective is to increase the supply of affordable housing for farm laborers. This Notice describes the method used to distribute funds, the pre-application and final application process, and submission requirements.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Supervised Bank Accounts; OMB Control No.: 0575-0158
Document Number: 2024-07782
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces its' intention to request a revision of a currently approved information collection and invites comments on this information collection.
Multifamily Housing Program Update to the Credit Report Process
Document Number: 2024-06596
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is proposing to update its regulations on how credit reports are obtained for the purposes of determining eligibility and feasibility for Multifamily Housing (MFH) Programs.
30-Day Notification of Nonpayment of Rent in Multi-Family Housing Direct Loan Programs
Document Number: 2024-06245
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is issuing a final rule to amend its regulations for the Multi-Family Housing Direct Loans and Grants Programs to require that Section 515, 514, and 516 Multi-Family Housing program borrowers provide tenants with written notification a minimum of 30 days prior to a lease termination or eviction action for nonpayment of rent, as statutorily required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, (CARES Act). The ``30-day notice'' requirement applies regardless of the existence of a presidentially declared national emergency or the availability of emergency rental assistance funds. This rule will require this notice to include instructions on how a tenant can cure the nonpayment to avoid eviction, and how to recertify household income. This final rule also adds that the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) may require MFH Section 515 and 514 borrowers and Section 516 grantees to issue information as provided by the Secretary during a presidential declaration of a public health emergency.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Title Clearance and Loan Closing; OMB Control No.: 0575-0147
Document Number: 2024-05758
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces its' intention to request an extension of a currently approved information collection and invites comments on this information collection.
Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program Change in Priority Projects Criteria
Document Number: 2024-05756
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is amending the current regulation for the Multifamily Family Housing (MFH) Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP). This final rule will align the current criteria of priority projects with the Housing Act of 1949 while improving the customer experience with more timely and proactive responses to housing market demands and Administration priorities.
Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Subsequent Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Subsequent Grants To Improve, Repair, or Make Modifications to Existing Off-Farm Labor Housing Properties for Fiscal Year 2024
Document Number: 2024-05505
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces that it is accepting applications for subsequent Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing (Off-FLH) loans and subsequent Section 516 Off- FLH grants to improve, repair, or make modifications to existing Off- Farm Labor Housing Properties for fiscal year 2024. This Notice describes the method used to distribute funds, the application process, and submission requirements.
Changes Related to Reserve Account Administration in Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Direct Loan Programs
Document Number: 2024-05571
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is updating its regulations and implementing changes related to the administration of property reserve accounts under the Multi-Family Housing (MFH) section 515, Rural Rental Housing (RRH), and section 514, 516 Farm Labor Housing (FLH) programs. This final rule will increase flexibility in project refinancing for additional capital improvements needed at MFH section 515, RRH, and section 514, 516 FLH properties.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program for FY 2024
Document Number: 2024-02782
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Under Secretary for Rural Development (RD or Agency) is seeking applications for the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) priority, as reauthorized by section 6401 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) for projects that support multi-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral strategic community investment plans. In fiscal year (FY) 2024, the covered RD programs will implement SECD by reserving loan and/or grant funds from the appropriations of the programs covered by this funding priority. This notice describes the requirements by which the RD programs will consider projects eligible for the covered programs' reserved appropriated funds and the information needed to submit an application. This NOSA is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations act for FY 2024 to allow potential applicants time to submit applications for financial assistance under the covered programs and to give the RD programs time to process applications. Information on estimated FY 24 funding amounts can be found under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, section B. Federal Award Information of this notice.
Revisions to the Smoke Alarm Requirements in the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing and Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing Direct Loan Programs
Document Number: 2024-00073
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-01-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposes to amend its regulation to implement changes related to the smoke alarm requirements for properties that receive funding from the MFH Section 515 Rural Rental Housing and the Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing Direct Loan and Grant programs. These proposed changes are intended to align the Agency's smoke alarm requirements with the new qualifying smoke alarm standards set forth in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (Act). The Act requires each unit of federally assisted housing to contain hardwired or 10-year non- rechargeable, sealed, tamper-resistant, battery-powered smoke alarm devices.
Single Family Housing Section 502 Direct Loan Program-Community Land Trust Pilot
Document Number: 2023-26654
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-12-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing a pilot for the Section 502 Direct Home Loan program to test alternative eligibility criteria related to community representation for Community Land Trust (CLT) organizations. The Agency intends to evaluate the impact of allowing eligibility criteria other than membership open to all residents of the geographic area which could meet the intent of the statutory requirements for CLTs to have specific community representation. This notification outlines the pilot parameters and provides contact information for additional details about the pilot.
Streamlining and Improvement of Single Family Housing Direct Programs
Document Number: 2023-25314
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-11-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), an agency in the Rural Development (RD) mission area of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposes to amend the current regulation for the following Single Family Housing (SFH) Direct Programs: Section 502 Direct Loan Program and the Section 504 Loan and Grant Program. The Agency also intends to update the Section 306C Loan and Grant Programs which is a program administered under the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), and where RHS is designated to make grants to eligible individuals. The intent of this proposed rule is to reduce the regulatory burdens on applicants, borrowers, and partners by enhancing program delivery, expanding customer service, promoting consistency between the direct and guaranteed SFH loan programs where feasible and aligning the programs with current housing market conditions and mortgage loan practices.
Community Facilities Program: Virtual Public Listening Session
Document Number: 2023-24119
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Community Facilities Loan and Grant program (Community Facilities) of the Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is consolidating the existing regulations that govern Community Facility direct loans and grants, fire and rescue and other small community facilities projects; as well as codifying the Tribal College Initiative, and Economic Impact Initiative grant programs that will incorporate all the necessary loan and grant making information into one streamlined final rule. The result will be an up-to-date comprehensive regulation that will be used to administer the programs. Community Facilities is hosting a virtual listening session to obtain stakeholder input on key proposed areas for changes and/or updates to the proposed consolidated Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant regulation. This session is open to the public.
Changes Related to Insurance Requirements in Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Direct Loan and Grant Programs
Document Number: 2023-23344
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-10-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposes to amend its regulation to implement changes related to insurance requirements under the Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Direct Loan and Grant programs. The intent of this proposed rule is to align RD insurance coverage types, amounts, and deductibles with affordable housing industry standards to simplify the coverage amounts, deductible limits, and improve the customer experience with updated and understandable insurance requirements.
Special Authority To Enable Funding of Broadband and Smart Utility Facilities Across Select Rural Development Programs
Document Number: 2023-23070
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-10-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and Rural Housing Service, agencies that comprise the Rural Development (RD) Mission Area within the United States Department of Agriculture, published a final rule with comment in the Federal Register on September 15, 2020, to establish the special authority authorized by Section 6210 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which will assist rural families and small businesses in gaining access to broadband service by permitting recipients of loans, grants, and loan guarantees from RD to use up to 10 percent of the amount provided to construct broadband infrastructure in areas not served by the minimum acceptable level of broadband service. The final rule described the procedures by which these agencies will consider projects eligible for special broadband authority. Through this action, the agencies are confirming the final rule as it was published and providing responses to the public comments that were received.
Updating Manufactured Housing Provisions; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2023-22184
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-10-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing an extension of the public comment period by 15 days for the notice of proposed rulemaking for the ``Updating Manufactured Housing Provisions.'' The intent of the extended comment period is to allow the public additional time to review and provide comments on the proposed changes.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Section 515 Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Revitalization Restructuring (MPR) Demonstration Program; OMB Control No.: 0575-0190
Document Number: 2023-21764
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-10-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces its' intention to request a revision of a currently approved information collection and invites comments on this information collection.
Updates to the Off-Farm Labor Housing (Off-FLH), Loan and Grant Rates and Terms; Clarification of Grant Agreement Terms
Document Number: 2023-19662
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-09-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposes to amend the current regulation for the Off-Farm Labor Housing (Off-FLH) program by clarifying the grant agreement term and adopting the period of performance as required by Federal award information requirements. The changes in this proposed rule are expected to clarify for applicants and grantees their obligations and requirements as Federal award recipients.
Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-19675
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and the Rural Utilities Service, agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency to request approval for a new information collection in support of compliance with applicable acts for planning and performing construction and other development work.
Announcement of the Availability of Fiscal Year 2023 Disaster Relief Supplemental Grant Funds for the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2023
Document Number: 2023-18800
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces that it is accepting applications under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, for the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Disaster Repair Grant Program to provide technical assistance for repairing essential community facilities damaged by Presidentially declared disasters in calendar year 2022. The funding amount is up to $2,500,000 and will remain available until expended. The grant funds will be administered in accordance with this notice of funding availability and all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements of the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (CF TAT) Grant Program.
Updating Manufactured Housing Provisions
Document Number: 2023-17519
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-08-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposes to amend the current regulations for the Single-Family Housing (SFH) Section 502 Direct and the SFH Guaranteed Loan Program. The intent of this proposed rule is to allow the Agency to give borrowers increased purchase options within a competitive market and increase adequate housing along with an enhanced customer experience with the SFH programs.
Single Family Housing Section 502 Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2023-15759
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-07-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing the implementation of two pilot programs for the Section 502 Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP), which are the Tribal Property Valuation Pilot Program and the Tribal Rehabilitation Pilot Program. Both pilot programs will provide flexible options for obtaining financing on tribal lands, one with a flexible appraisal option and the other permitting rehabilitation loans for homeowners. The Agency's intention is to evaluate the existing regulations, expand opportunities for economic development, and improve the quality of life in rural tribal communities. Details about these two pilot programs are provided in this notification.
Announcement of the Availability of Community Facilities Program Disaster Repair Grants
Document Number: 2023-15393
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) mission area of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of up to $50 million in grant funding through its Community Facilities Program (CF) to repair Essential community facilities damaged by Presidentially Declared Disasters in Calendar Year (CY) 2022, to remain available until expended. The supplemental disaster grant funding was received under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023.
Loan Guarantees Under the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program
Document Number: 2023-15202
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-07-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is correcting a rule document that published in the Federal Register on April 28, 2023, entitled, ``Loan Guarantees Under the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program.'' The purpose of the notification was to announce updates in the process of submitting complete applications, updating the names and contact information for key personnel and changes in priority scoring. The purpose of this notification is to correct inadvertent errors that were previously published in the rule document on April 28, 2023, in the Federal Register.
Single Family Housing Section 504 Home Repair Loans and Grants in Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas Pilot Program
Document Number: 2023-15174
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-07-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is issuing this notification to waive four regulatory requirements for the Section 504 Home Repair Loans and Grants in a Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas (PDDAs) pilot program. The Agency's intention is to evaluate the existing regulations and remove regulatory barriers to assist eligible applicants in PDDAs to improve the program usage for very-low-income homeowners that are seeking to repair their damaged homes that are in PDDAs. This notification briefly discusses the four waivers and provides contact information for additional details about the pilot.
Notice of Funding Availability for the Native Community Development Financial Institution (NCDFI) Relending Demonstration Program FY 2023; Correction
Document Number: 2023-14470
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is correcting a notice that published in the Federal Register on May 18, 2023, entitled, ``Notice of Funding Availability for Native Community Development Financial Institution (NCDFI) Relending Demonstration Program FY 2023.'' The purpose of the notice was to announce the opening and closing dates for receipt of applications for the NCDFI Relending Demonstration Program from eligible applicants, as well as submission requirements. The purpose of this notice is to correct inadvertent errors and omissions that were previously published in the Notice on May 18, 2023, in the Federal Register.
OneRD Annual Notice of Guarantee Fee Rates, Periodic Retention Fee Rates, Loan Guarantee Percentage and Fee for Issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee Prior to Construction Completion for Fiscal Year 2024
Document Number: 2023-14130
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency, offer loan guarantees through four programs: Community Facilities (CF) administered by the RHS; Water and Waste Disposal (WWD) administered by the RUS; and Business and Industry (B&I) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) administered by the RBCS. This notice provides applicants with the Guarantee Fee rates, Guarantee percentage for Guaranteed Loans, the Periodic Retention Fee, and Fee for Issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee Prior to Construction Completion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, to be used when applying for guaranteed loans under the guaranteed loan types listed above. This notice is being published prior to the passage of a FY 2024 appropriation. Should the fees need to be adjusted after passage of the FY 2024 appropriations, the agency will publish a subsequent notice in the Federal Register.
Decoupling Rental Assistance: Virtual Public Listening Sessions
Document Number: 2023-12778
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with a Congressional directive in the FY2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be hosting two virtual listening sessions to obtain stakeholder information on potential decoupling of section 521 Rental Assistance from section 515 Rural Rental Housing loans at the time of loan maturity. Both sessions will be open to the public.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Rural Rental Housing Program; OMB Control No.: 0575-0189
Document Number: 2023-12331
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces its' intention to request a revision of a currently approved information collection and invites comments on this information collection.
Notice of Funding Availability for the Native Community Development Financial Institution (NCDFI) Relending Demonstration Program FY 2023
Document Number: 2023-10605
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), an agency within the Rural Development mission area (RD) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of funding for applications under its Native Community Development Financial Institution (NCDFI) Relending Demonstration Program for fiscal year (FY) 2023. The purpose of this notice is to announce the opening and closing dates for receipt of applications for the NCDFI Relending Demonstration Program from eligible applicants, as well as submission requirements. These loans will be made to qualified NCDFIs to relend funds to low- and very low-income ultimate recipients to acquire, build, rehabilitate, improve, or relocate dwellings on Tribal Land in rural areas. This program has $7,502,000 available for FY 23. Applicants are responsible for any expenses incurred in developing their applications.
Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Number: 2023-10712
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Notice is hereby given that the Rural Housing Service (RHS), as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, is issuing a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to the preliminary affordability determination of minimum energy standards.
Consolidated Multifamily Housing Technical Assistance Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) FY 2023
Document Number: 2023-09460
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the USDA, announces the availability of funding for Multifamily Housing Nonprofit Transfer Technical Assistance (MFH NP TA) Grants and Off-Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance (Off-FLH TA) Grants. This funding is available for eligible technical assistance (TA) providers seeking grants to provide technical assistance services to qualified applicants.
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2023; Correction
Document Number: 2023-09459
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is correcting a notice of funding availability (NOFA) that was published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2023, entitled, ``Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2023.'' The Notice announced the acceptance of applications under the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program for fiscal year (FY) 2023. The document contained an incorrect date. The purpose of this notice is to correct the application deadline dates published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2023.
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2023
Document Number: 2023-09520
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the acceptance of applications under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program for fiscal year (FY) 2023. These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community. Congress, in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 appropriated $6,000,000 in FY 2023 for the RCDI program. Of this amount, $1.6 million will be made available to projects located in Persistent Poverties Counties. Eligible applicants for the Persistent Poverty Counties set aside must demonstrate that 100 percent of the benefits of an approved grant will assist recipients in Persistent Poverty Counties.
Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-09199
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and the Rural Utilities Service, agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency to request approval for a new information collection in support of compliance with the grantee accepting the conditions of the award that the grantee intends to meet them within a reasonable time.
Loan Guarantees Under the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program
Document Number: 2023-08952
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), an agency within Rural Development (RD), announces updates in the process for competitive lender submissions (responses) regarding proposed projects for the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP). The amount of program dollars available for the GRRHP will be determined by the Appropriations Act for each fiscal year.
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2023
Document Number: 2023-08447
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces that it is accepting applications under the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program for fiscal year (FY) 2023. The FY 2023 funding amount is $1,265,000.
Notice of Funding Availability for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) for Fiscal Year 2023
Document Number: 2023-08211
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) mission area agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of funding under the Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program for fiscal year (FY) 2023, making available grant funds to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low- income rural citizens under the HPG Program. The purpose of this notice is to announce the opening and closing dates for receipt of preapplications for HPG funds, including the availability of calendar year 2022 disaster assistance, from eligible applicants, as well as submission requirements. Expenses incurred in developing preapplications will be at the applicant's cost.
Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program Change in Priority Projects Criteria
Document Number: 2023-01803
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-01-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposes to amend the current regulation for the Multifamily Family Housing (MFH) Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP). The intent of this proposed rule is to align the current criteria of priority projects with the Housing Act of 1949. This change is expected to improve the customer experience with more timely and proactive responses to housing market demands and Administration priorities.
Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2023-01636
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-01-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposes to amend the current regulation for the Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) to implement changes related to the use of Special Servicing Options for Non-performing Loans. This proposed rule is intended to benefit borrowers by offering a less cumbersome option to eliminate documentation and eligibility challenges for borrowers who do not require payment reduction, provide lenders more flexibility in their servicing options, and reduce program risk of the guaranteed loan portfolio.
Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-01211
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and the Rural Utilities Service, agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency to request approval for a new information collection in support of compliance with applicable acts for federal debt credit reporting and employment verification.
Changes Related to Reserve Account Administration in Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Direct Loan Programs
Document Number: 2023-00140
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposes to amend its regulation to implement changes related to the administration of property reserve accounts under the Multi-Family Housing (MFH) section 515, Rural Rental Housing, and section 514 Farm Labor Housing programs. The intent of this proposed rule is to increase flexibility in project refinancing for additional capital improvements needed at MFH section 515, Rural Rental Housing, and section 514 Farm Labor Housing properties.
Multi-Family Housing Simple Transfer Pilot Program
Document Number: 2022-26726
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-12-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing the implementation of a pilot program for simple transfers of USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing properties. The Agency's intention is to evaluate the existing regulations and remove regulatory barriers to reduce application requirements for certain types of transfers, resulting in lower transaction-related costs for applicants and improved processing times.
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