USDA Announces Availability of Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants

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USDA Rural Development California Acting State Director Richard Brassfield announced today a Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for the construction of off-farm housing.

Individual requests may not exceed $3 million in loan and grant funds and rental assistance is also available. Pre-applications for the program are due to USDA Rural Development by 5 p.m. September 11.

“This funding will provide safe and affordable housing for California’s farm laborers,” said Brassfield. “Housing for these hard-working individuals and their families plays a vital role in America’s agricultural industry.” 

In 2016, USDA Rural Development awarded $18 million to develop more than 360 affordable apartments throughout California, leading the nation in providing funds to help improve the quality of life for America’s farmworkers.

More information about how to apply is available in the July 26, 2017 Federal Register, or by contacting USDA Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Specialist Debra Moretton at 530-885-6505 extension 109 or

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

Last Modified: 07/27/2017