Housing Preservation Grants

PROGRAM STATUS:

Closed

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?
Find the contact information on the Contact tab.

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.

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.

On October 11, 2020 Rural Development’s Multifamily Housing Program finalized its structural realignment which, in some cases, redistributed the existing portfolio to a servicing Specialist within our new Field Operations Division. If you are looking for the servicing Specialist for a specific property, you will find a complete and sortable list here: https://www.sc.egov.usda.gov/data/MFH.html

Our Field Operations Division maintains local relationships through regionally organized servicing teams and handles all day-today servicing of Multifamily housing properties to ensure that tenants have safe and affordable housing. The four regions and the contact information for each Regional Director follows:

Becki Meyer, Regional Director, Western Region Becki.meyer@usda.gov
(AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)

Byron Waters, Regional Director, Southern Region Byron.waters@usda.gov
(AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, PR, SC, TN, TX, VI)

Karissa Stiers, Regional Director, Midwest Region Karissa.stiers@usda.gov
(IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)

Laurie Warzinski, Regional Director, Northeast Region Laurie.warzinski@usda.gov
(CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV)

If you need information on a loan transaction currently in process, or have questions on a new transaction, our Production & Preservation Division (PPD) processes, underwrites, and closes all multifamily direct, preservation, and guaranteed loan transactions. PPD will support all the Multifamily Housing Programs, including 515, 538, Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization (MPR), prepayments, and preservation efforts. This division will also oversee Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) drafting and administration efforts for Farm Labor Housing, Housing Preservation Grants, MPR, technical assistance, and 515. The email contact information for the Production & Preservation Division follows:

Processing and Report Review BranchMFHprocessing1@usda.gov
(CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, VA, VT, WI, WV)

Processing and Report Review Branch 2
MFHprocessing2@usda.gov
(AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, ID, KY, LA, MS, MT, NC, NM, NV, OK, OR, PR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VI, WA, WY)