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Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program Round 2

Grants and Loans to California Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Tribes for Housing Projects to Benefit Agricultural Workers

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Department of Housing and Community Development

Conf. Date:

03/18/21

Deadline Date:

07/06/21 11:59 PM PDT

Description:

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Grants and loans to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes for housing projects to benefit agricultural workers. Multifamily rentals and single-family occupations are eligible. Priority is given to projects that benefit lower-income households. The purpose of this program is to finance the new construction, rehabilitation, and acquisition of owner-occupied and rental units for agricultural workers, with a priority for lower income households.

This NOFA provides grants, deferred-payment loans, or a combination thereof, for the construction and rehabilitation of housing for agricultural workers and their families.

  • Multifamily Rental New Construction or Rehabilitation Loans: Lien restrictions for assisted units are required for 55 years. Loans may be made in conjunction with low-income tax credit financing.
  • Homeowner Grants: For rehabilitation or new home construction, lien restrictions are required for 20 years. If the unit is sold to a non-farmworker buyer before completing the 10th year, the full grant amount must be repaid under most circumstances. Between the 10th and 20th anniversaries, the grant is forgiven at a rate of 10 percent per completed year. The grant is fully forgiven after completing 20 years.

Program Requirements can be found at https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/fwhg/docs/2.round_2_serna_nofa_final.pdf#page=6.

Eligible Activities can be found at https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/fwhg/docs/2.round_2_serna_nofa_final.pdf#page=7

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194932

Number of Grants:

Dependant on number of submissions received, application process, etc.

Estimated Size of Grant:

1. For a Rental Housing Development, the loan amount is limited to the sum of:
a. A base amount per assisted unit, as defined by §7202(f), plus
b. The amount per assisted unit required to reduce rents from 30 percent of 60 percent of AMI to the actual maximum restricted rent for the unit, assuming that the rent reduction will be achieved by substituting program funds for private amortized debt and calculated by the Department based on private market multifamily rental loan terms available at the time of issuance of each NOFA.

The initial base amount shall be $95,000 per assisted unit utilizing 9 percent tax credits, $175,000 per assisted unit utilizing 4 percent tax credits or no tax credits in a new construction project located in a “High Resource” or “Highest Resource” area on the TCAC/HCD Opportunity Map, and $150,000 per other assisted unit utilizing 4 percent tax credits or no tax credits.

2. For a single-family new construction project, the grant amount is limited to $150,000 per assisted unit; and

3. For owner-occupied rehabilitation, the grant amount is limited to $75,000 per assisted unit.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for funding, the applicant shall be a local public entity, nonprofit corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, duly constituted governing body of an Indian reservation or rancheria or a tribally designated housing entity, having sufficient capacity (including financial resources, an office, staff, and payroll) and experience to carry out the proposed project as set forth in CCR §7205. All references to CCR section numbers in this NOFA refer to section numbers in Title 25, unless otherwise stated.

In the case of a nonprofit corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership, the Applicant shall demonstrate to the Department's satisfaction that the applicant is independent from any direction of, or control by, a for-profit entity and shall meet the requirements of CCR §7205.1. Nonprofit corporations shall also meet the requirements of CCR §7205.2.

For-profit entities are not eligible Applicants.

Additional eligibility information can be found at https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/fwhg/docs/2.round_2_serna_nofa_final.pdf#page=7.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program (FWHG) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Workshop

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will host an interactive training session on the 2020 Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program (FWHG) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Round 2 where you can get answers to your questions about the program.

This training will review what’s new in this NOFA, eligible activities, eligibility requirements, types of funding and the application.

The FWHG NOFA webinar will be followed by a question and answer period.

Date And Time:
Thu, March 18, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

Register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joe-serna-jr-farmworker-housing-grant-program-fwhgworkshop-tickets-128554288337

Pre-Application Information:

Application uploads will be accepted starting on April 5, 2021 to the Department’s website. The application portal will remain open through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on July 6, 2021. The online support and technical assistance will close at 5:00 p.m. (PST), on July 6, 2021.

Award Announcements Ongoing beginning in June 2021

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Direct questions to:
Mauro Lara
email: Serna@hcd.ca.gov
tel: 1-916-263-1168

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