Housing Preservation Grants in Oregon




May 7, 2020 (Pre-applications are due by 5:00 pm local time to a Rural Development State Office | Pre- applications by electronic submission are due by 5:00 pm eastern standard time)

What does this program do?
It provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens.  USDA will award a total of $15,340,826.78 in Housing Preservation Grant Program funding for the repair and rehabilitation of rural housing units.

Who may apply for this program?

  • Most State and local governmental entities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Federally Recognized Tribes 
  • Individual homeowners are not eligible

Additional requirements include:

  • Applicants must have the necessary background and experience with proven ability to perform the responsibility of repair and rehabilitation of low-income housing
  • Applicants are required to make quarterly progress reports and a final audit on their accomplishments

What is an eligible area?
Areas that may be served include:

  • Rural areas and towns with 20,000 or fewer people--Check eligible addresses
  • Federally Recognized Tribal lands 

How may funds be used?

  • Applicants provide grants or low-interest loans to repair or rehabilitate housing for low- and very-low-income (1) homeowners
  • Rental property owners may also receive assistance if they agree to make units available to low- and very-low-income (1) families
  • Eligible expenses include:
    • Repairing or replacing electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, insulation, heating systems and water/waste disposal systems
    • Handicap accessibility features
    • Labor and materials
    • Administrative expenses
    • For a complete list, see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1944.664

How do we get started?
Applications are accepted on an annual basis through a Notice of Solicitation of Application (NOSA) in the Federal Register.

Who can answer questions?
Contact your RD State office.

What governs this program?

  • Code of Federal Regulation, 7 CFR 1944-N
  • Code of Federal Regulation, 7 CFR Part 1970 A-O
  • RD Instruction 1944-N
  • RD Instruction 1940-L, Methodology and Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Program Funds
  • RD Instruction 1901-E, Civil Rights Compliance Requirements
  • This program is authorized by Title V of the Housing Act of 1949

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 State office for assistance.

(1) Very-low-income and low income: Very-low-income is below 50% of area median income; low-income is 50-80% of area median income.

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.

State Architect Requirements:


          Norm Schoen, Oregon State Architect
          (503) 414-33064, norm.schoen@usda.gov

Rural Development Programs, such as Community Facilities and Multi-Family Housing, involve the construction of new buildings or renovation of existing facilities. The development of these facilities involves the need for architectural services for the preparation of plans, specifications, public bidding, contracting, construction, and construction monitoring.

Applicants, at the earliest possible time, should provide a Preliminary Architectural Feasibility Report, including the Cost Estimate, for review by the Rural Development Program Specialist and State Architect. These two documents are needed to determine the project's feasibility. For Rural Development-financed architectural projects, Rural Development's State Architect will evaluate and provide to the applicants and their architects architectural/construction guidance in the following areas:

          Initial site visit & evaluation of the proposed project
          Preliminary Architectural Feasibilty Report
          Agency concurrence of Owner/Architect Agreements
          Agency acceptance of Plans & Specifications
          Agency concurrence of Construction Contract documents
          Construction & construction monitoring

Guidance on the Capital Needs Assessment Process (pdf) - This Unnumbered Letter (UL), dated March 16, 2015, provides updated clarification and guidance on the Rural Development Capital Needs Assessment (CNA) process for Multi-family Preservations and Revitalizations (MPRs), Rural Rental Housing and Farm Labor Housing transfers, and other Rural Development loan making and servicing actions requiring a CNA. This guidance is comprised of several sections and attachments addressing the CNA process required to be used by USDA Multi-Family Housing property owners, applicants, and CNA providers.

State Engineering Requirements:


          Charlotte Bentley
          (503) 414-3362


State Environmental Requirements:


          Charlotte Bentley
          (503) 414-3362


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.

State Office:

Phone: (866) 923-5626, extension 2
Email: rd.mfh.oregon@usda.gov
Relay Service: Dial 711 for a free relay service operated by the FCC

USDA Rural Development
Attn: Multi-Family Housing
1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 1801
Portland, OR 97204


* Changes are coming to the Multi-Family Housing Programs in October.

To continue to meet the increasing demand for safe, affordable rural rental housing, USDA Rural Development is reorganizing its Multi-Family Housing Programs into an integrated model with specialized teams.

In the new model, all Multi-Family Housing staff will be aligned under one of three integrated divisions:

  • The Field Operations Division will deliver routine servicing through regional teams.
  • The Production and Preservation Division will process, underwrite, and close all Multi-Family Housing direct, preservation, and guaranteed loan transactions.
  • The Asset Management Division, through regional teams, will oversee portfolio health.

The transition to this integrated model will occur in two waves. The first wave, including USDA’s National Office and the Northeastern region, took effect in July. The second wave will include the remaining states in the Southern, Midwestern, and Western regions and is scheduled to launch on October 13, 2020. More detailed contact information will be posted here at the conclusion of this transition.

This integration will allow USDA to establish streamlined business processes, provide consistent and predictable work for staff, and improve customer service for our Multi-Family Housing Programs.