Rural Housing: Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants

Managing AgencyU.S. Department of Agriculture 
Program Description

The Farm Labor Housing Loan and Grant program provides capital financing for the development of housing for domestic farm laborers. Farm Labor Housing loans and grants are provided to buy, build, improve, or repair housing for farm laborers, including persons whose income is earned in aquaculture (fish and oyster farms) and those engaged in on-farm processing. Funds can be used to purchase a site or a leasehold interest in a site; to construct housing, day care facilities, or community rooms; to pay fees to purchase durable household furnishings; and to pay construction loan interest.

General Program Requirements

Loans are made to farmers, associations of farmers, family farm corporations, Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and associations of farmworkers. Typically, loan applicants are unable to obtain credit elsewhere, but in some instances, farmers able to get credit elsewhere may obtain loans at a rate of interest based on the cost of federal borrowing. Grants are made to farmworker associations, nonprofit organizations, Indian tribes, and public agencies. Funds may be used in urban areas for nearby farm labor. (This is the only Rural Housing Service rural service area exception.)

Loan Terms

Loans are for 33 years at 1 percent interest. Grants may cover up to 90 percent of development costs. The balance may be a Farm Labor Housing Program loan.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process

Upon publication of a Notice in the Federal Register, a two-stage application process is used. In stage one, applicants submit a pre-application, which is used to determine preliminary eligibility and feasibility. Pre-applications selected for further processing will be invited to submit an application. The pre-application consists of SF-424.2, "Application for Federal Assistance (For Construction)" and the information listed in exhibit A-1 or A-2 of Rural Development regulations, 1944-D, as applicable.

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit the Farm Labor Housing Loan and Grant program website.

To find out about availability of farm labor housing in your locality, contact your local Rural Development field office using the office locator tool.