Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Money Available to Provide Safe Housing for Farm Workers

This news is from the USDA:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing nearly $40 million for housing for farmworkers and their families.

Under the Farm Labor Housing Program, loans and grants are provided to farmers, farmers associations, family farm corporations, Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and farmworkers associations to develop or improve multi-family housing facilities for farmworkers and their families.

For example, USDA provided Bienestar, a nonprofit organization in Hillsboro, Ore., a grant and loan to construct a 24-unit farmworker apartment complex in Forest Grove, Ore. The complex opened in December 2012. In addition to providing new, modern two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments for residents, the facility also provides services such as English as a Second Language tutoring, and classes on computers, financial literacy, and nutrition.

Wednesday's announcement makes available about $30 million in loans, $8.5 million in grants, and $951,000 in rental assistance. Applications for Farm Labor Housing assistance are due Sept..

More information about how to apply is available in the Aug. 14, 2013 Federal Register or by contacting any USDA Rural Development state office.

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