Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans & Grants in North Carolina

PROGRAM STATUS:

Closed

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

August 30, 2019

What does this program do?
It provides affordable financing to develop housing for year-round and migrant or seasonal domestic farm laborers. (1)

Who may apply for this program?
This program assists qualified applicants that cannot obtain commercial credit on terms that will allow them to charge rents that are affordable to low-income tenants. Borrowers must have sufficient qualifications and experience to develop and operate the project. Qualified applicants include:

  • Farmers, associations of farmers and family farm corporations
  • Associations of farmworkers and nonprofit organizations*
  • Most State and local governmental entities*
  • Federally-recognized Tribes*

*Eligible to apply for grants and loans

What is an eligible area?
Housing may be constructed in urban or rural areas, as long as there is a demonstrated need.

How may funds be used?
Construction, improvement, repair and purchase of housing for domestic farm laborers is the primary objective of this program.

Funding may also be available for related activities including:

  • Buying and improve land
  • Purchasing household furnishings
  • Paying construction loan interest
  • For a complete list see 7 CFR 3560.53.

Who may live in the rental housing?

  • Domestic farm laborers, including those working on fish and oyster farms and on-farm processing (1)
  • Retired and/or disabled farm laborers
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Very-low- to moderate-income households (2)

What kinds of funding are available?

  • Low interest loans
  • Grants based on need and may not exceed 90% of project cost

What are the loan terms?

  • Up to 33 year payback period
  • 1% fixed rate
  • An allocation of loan funds is also available for on-farm labor housing and is funded on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Contact your local RD office for details applicable for your project

How do we get started?
A two-phase application process starts with pre-applications accepted on an annual basis through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register. Selected pre-applications are invited to submit final applications

Who can answer questions?
Contact your RD State office  or you can find Rural Rental Properties

What governs this program?

NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled "What Law Governs this Program?" You may also contact your local office for assistance.

(1) Domestic farm laborer: A person who receives a portion of his/her income from farm labor employment. This definition may include the immediate family members residing with such a person.

(2) Very-low to moderate-income: Very-low income is below 50% of area median income; low-income is 50-80% of area median income; moderate income is capped at $5,500 above low-income limit.

NOTE: If state-specific forms are not shown above, please refer to the application materials listed below to start the process of applying. Please ensure that your state is selected in the dropdown menu above to find the State Office contact information for this program and speak to a Housing Programs Specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you valuable time in the process.

Fiscal Year 2019 Pre-application for Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing (FLH) Loans and Grants:  The application period for fiscal year 2019 has ended as of August 30, 2019.

FLH Pre-applications received for the FY 2019 Notice

Funding

Funding available in FY 2019 for the FLH Notice for Loan and Grant applications:

  • FLH Loan (514):  $27,000,000
  • FLH Grant (516):   $8,000,000

Funding available for the Technical Assistance (TA) NOSA that was published on June 23, 2016 is as follows, with one grant for each of the three geographic regions:

  • Eastern Region:  $250,000
  • Central Region:   $250,000
  • Western Region: $250,000
National Architect Requirements:

Individual states may have particular requirements based on state and local regulations. Please contact the state office in the state where your project is located.

National Engineering Requirements:

Individual states may have particular requirements based on state and local regulations. Please contact the state office in the state where your project is located.

National Environmental Requirements:

Rural Development environmental requirements can be found here: RD 1970 Environmental Policies and Procedures. Benefits of the 1970 environmental regulations are described here: 7 CFR 1970 Benefits.

There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.

There are currently no events scheduled.

ASHEVILLE AREA OFFICE
Pam Hysong, Area Director
84 Coxe Avenue, Suite 1E
Asheville, NC 28801
828-254-0916
844-325-6823 Fax
Email: mailto:linda.whitmire@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania

JEFFERSON SUB AREA OFFICE
134 Government Circle
Suite 201
Jefferson, NC 28640
336-246-2885
844-325-6823 Fax
Email: mailto:susan.roland@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Ashe, Watauga, Alleghany, Wilkes, Caldwell

FRANKLIN LOCAL OFFICE
195 Thomas Heights Rod
Franklin, NC 28734
828-524-3175
844-325-6823 Fax
Email: mailto:sharon.taylor@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served:  Macon, Haywood, Jackson, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain

MURPHY LOCAL OFFICE
225 Valley River Avenue, Suite J
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-2721
844-325-6823 Fax
Email: mailto:sharon.taylor@nc.usda.gov

SPRUCE PINE LOCAL OFFICE
11943 S. 226 Hwy Suite D
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
828-765-0889
844-325-6823 Fax
Email: mailto:rebecca.pinto@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Mitchell, Yancey, Madison, Avery

SHELBY AREA OFFICE
Warren C. Smith, Area Director
844 Wallace Grove Road
Shelby, NC 28150
704-471-0235
844-325-6850 Fax
Email: mailto:warren.smith@usda.gov
Counties Served: Cleveland, Gaston, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Mecklenburg, Burke, Catawba, Lincoln, Surry, Stokes, Forsyth, Davie, Alexander, Yadkin, Iredell

LUMBERTON AREA OFFICE
Rossie Bullock, Area Director
PO Box 7426
440-C Caton Road
Lumberton, NC 28360
910-739-3349
844-325-6830 Fax
Email:mailto:laci.fett@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Robeson, Bladen, Scotland, Hoke, Columbus

SMITHFIELD SUB AREA OFFICE
Johnston County Agric Service Bldg
2736 Hwy 210
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-7156
844-325-6830 Fax
Email: mailto:crystal.wiley@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Johnston, Harnett, Sampson, Cumberland, Wake, Wilson

BOLIVIA LOCAL OFFICE
10 Referendum Drive
PO Box 108
Bolivia, NC  28422
910-253-4448
844-325-6830 Fax
Email: mailto:cynthia.hughes@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender

ASHEBORO AREA OFFICE
Allen Hart, Area Director
847 Curry Drive, Suite 104
Asheboro, NC 27205
336-629-4449
844-325-6822 Fax
Email: mailto:saykorn.kannika@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly, Cabarrus, Chatham, Moore, Rockingham, Caswell, Alamance

SANFORD LOCAL OFFICE
2416 Tramway Road
Ernest & Ruby McSwain Extension Educ & Ag Center
Sanford, NC 27332
919-775-3407
844-325-6822 Fax
Email: mailto:nancy.urias@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Lee, Chatham, Moore

ROCKINGHAM LOCAL OFFICE
123 Caroline Street
Rockingham, NC  28379
910-895-3950
844-325-6822 Fax
Email: pamela.edwards@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Richmond, Montgomery, Anson, Union

HENDERSON AREA OFFICE
George Vital, Area Director
853 S. Beckford Drive, Suite A
Henderson, NC 27536
252-438-3134
844-325-6826 Fax
Email: stacey.pennix@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Vance, Granville, Franklin, Warren, Orange, Durham, Person, Nash, Northampton, Edgecombe

WINTON SUB AREA OFFICE
County Office Building
305 W. Tryon Street
PO Box 8
Winton, NC 27986
252-358-7836
844-325-6826 Fax
Email: mailto:travis.lassiter@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Hertford, Gates, Chowan, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Camden, Currituck

HALIFAX LOCAL OFFICE
Halifax County Agriculture Complex
359 Ferrell Lane
Box 7
Halifax, NC 27839
252-583-7171
844-325-6826 Fax
Email: dora.thompson@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Halifax

KINSTON AREA OFFICE
Elmer Langston, Area Director
2044-C Hwy 11/55 South
PO Box 6189
Kinston, NC 28501-0189
252-526-9799
844-325-6827 Fax
Email: mailto:stephanie.davis@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Lenoir, Jones, Craven, Pamlico, Onslow, Carteret, Wayne, Greene, Duplin

GREENVILLE SUB AREA OFFICE
Pitt County Office Complex
403 Government Circle, Suite 3
Greenville, NC 27834
252-752-2035/252-752-2880
844-325-6827 Fax
Email: mailto:helen.gorham@nc.usda.gov
Counties Served: Pitt, Martin, Bertie, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare, Beaufort, Hyde