Federal Register: December 26, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 248)
DOCID: FR Doc 00-32623
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Veterans Affairs Department
NOTICE: Part III
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for section 533 Housing Preservation Grants
DATES: The closing deadline for receipt of all applications in response to this NOFA is 5:00 p.m., local time for each Rural Development State office on March 26, 2001. The application closing deadline is firm as to date and hour. RHS will not consider any application that is received after the closing deadline. Applicants intending to mail applications must provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or before the closing deadline date and time. Acceptance by a post office or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile (FAX) and postage due applications will not be accepted.
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces that it is soliciting competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. The HPG program is a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low and lowincome homeowners repair and rehabilitate their homes in rural areas, and to assist rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes to repair and rehabilitate their units if they agree to make such units available to low and very lowincome persons. This action is taken to comply with Agency regulations found in 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N, which requires the Agency to announce the opening and closing dates for receipt of preapplications for HPG funds from eligible applicants. The intended effect of this Notice is to provide eligible organizations notice of these dates.
Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Number 10.433, Rural Housing Preservation Grants. This program is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372 which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials (7 CFR part 3015, subpart V). Applicants are referred to 7 CFR 1944.674 and 1944.676(f), (g), and (h) for specific guidance on these requirements relative to the HPG program.
7 CFR part 1944, subpart N provides details on what information must be contained in the preapplication package and the project selection criteria. Entities wishing to apply for assistance should contact the Rural Development State office to receive further information, the State allocation of funds, and copies of the preapplication package. Eligible entities for these competitively awarded grants include state and local governments, nonprofit corporations, Federally recognized Indian Tribes, and consortia of eligible entities.
The funding instrument for the HPG program will be a grant agreement. The term of the grant can vary from 1 to 2 years, depending on available funds and demand. No maximum or minimum grant levels have been established at the National level.
You should contact the State office to determine the allocation and the State
maximum grant level, if any. For FY 2001, $8,000,000 is available for the Housing Preservation Grant Program. A set aside of $600,000 has been established for grants located in Empowerment Zones, Enterprise Communities, and REAP Zones and $6,600,000 has been distributed under a formula allocation to States pursuant to 7 CFR part 1940, subpart L, ``Methodology and Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Program Funds''. Decisions on funding will be based on preapplications.
Dated: December 15, 2000.
James C. Kearney,
Administrator, Rural Housing Service.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
For general information, applicants may contact Tracee Lilly, Senior Loan Officer, MultiFamily Housing Processing Division, Rural Housing Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Stop 0781, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20250, telephone (202) 7201604 (voice) (this is not a toll free number) or (800) 8778339 (TDDFederal Information Relay Service).