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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Encourages Low-Income Homeowners and Farmworkers to Apply for Available USDA Grants

July 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants to apply for the Housing Preservation Grant program, also known as Program 101, and Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants for Fiscal Year 2018, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

These funding streams provide sponsoring organizations with the resources necessary to repair or rehabilitate housing occupied by low and very low-income people. Funding can also be used to construct, improve, repair and purchase housing for domestic farm laborers.

“These programs present an opportunity for low-income communities to rebuild and rehabilitate housing in South Texas,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “By making strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation, we can strengthen our economy and improve quality of life for all South Texans.”

Priority points may be awarded for applications to the following programs:

Housing Preservation Grants: This program offers grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing occupied by low and very low-income people. Rural areas and towns with 20,000 or fewer people, and federally recognized tribal lands, can apply. For more information, click here.

Preference will be given to rural areas and towns with 20,000 or fewer people and federally-recognized Tribal lands. Requirements include that applicants have the necessary background and experience with proven ability to perform the responsibility of repair and rehabilitation of low-income housing. Applicants are also required to make quarterly progress reports and a final audit on their accomplishments.

Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants: This program provides funding to construct, improve, repair and purchase housing for domestic farm laborers. For more information, click here.

Preference will be given to projects that will support recommendations made in the report to the President from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to help improve life in rural America. Eligible applicants include farmers, associations of farmworkers, most state and local government entities, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes. A full list of funding uses and eligible applicants can be found by clicking here.

Applicants must also meet the eligibility requirements of the underlying USDA program. 

For additional details, see page 30106 of the June 27 Federal Register. 

The congressman is hoping that the USDA will award aforementioned grants and loans to residents in the 15th District of Texas to strengthen underrepresented communities and economies.

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