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Notice of Acceptance of Proposals for the Section 538 Multi-Family Housing Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2009

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Rural Housing Service, USDA.




Through this Notice, the Agency announces the implementation of a demonstration program under the section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) pursuant to 7 CFR 3565.4 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 and 7 CFR 3565.17 demonstration programs. The Demonstration Program's purpose is to test the viability and efficacy of the concept of a continuous loan note guarantee through the construction and permanent loan financing phases of a project. Those applications that meet the Demonstration Program's qualifying criteria and are selected to participate will be offered one loan note guarantee upon closing of the construction loan that will be in effect throughout both of the project's construction and permanent phases without interruption.

The Agency will permit approximately $10 million in previously obligated program loan authority to participate in this Demonstration Program. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant's risk. The following paragraphs outline the timeframes, eligibility requirements, lender responsibilities, and the overall response and application processes.

Eligible Lenders wishing to have their GRRHP obligated, but unfunded guaranteed 538 applications considered for the FY 2009 Demonstration Program must send a signed request on its letterhead with the proposed project details as outlined in the “Demonstration Program Response Submission Address” section of this Notice. No other applications will be considered.

Demonstration Program Guidelines

The following guidelines are being provided to facilitate a structured implementation of the program:

1. Demonstration guarantee. The Demonstration guarantee is a guarantee that will be offered to selected lenders who submit applications in response to this Notice. The Demonstration guarantee will consist of one loan note guarantee that will be issued upon closing of the construction loan and will be in effect throughout both of the project's construction and permanent financing phases without interruption.

2. Upon approval of an eligible previously obligated guaranteed 538 application from an approved lender, the Agency will modify the outstanding conditional commitment to provide a demonstration guarantee for the construction and permanent financing phases of the project, subject to the availability of funds.

3. Guarantee percentage and payment. Both construction loan advances and permanent loans are eligible for a guarantee subject to the following limitations:

Construction loan advances and permanent loans. The Agency can guarantee the “construction and permanent” financing phases of a project. The Agency cannot, however, guarantee only the “construction” financing phase of a project. Guarantees under the demonstration guarantee will cover construction loan advances and the subsequent permanent loan. The maximum guarantee of construction advances will not at any time exceed the lesser of 90 percent of the amount of principal and interest up to default advanced for eligible uses of loan proceeds or 90 percent of the original principal amount and interest up to default of a loan. Penalties incurred as a result of default are not covered by the guarantee. The Agency may provide a lesser guarantee based upon its evaluation of the credit quality of the loan.

4. A lender making a construction loan must demonstrate an ability to originate and service construction loans.

5 Guarantee during construction. The Agency will issue a demonstration guarantee only to an approved lender.

6. Demonstration guarantee program compliance requirement. For a demonstration guarantee, after the loan note guarantee is issued, the following items will have to be submitted and approved by the Agency within the timeframe stipulated by the Agency:

(i) A certificate of substantial completion;

(ii) A certificate of occupancy or similar evidence of local approval;

(iii) A final cost certification in a form acceptable to the Agency;

(iv) A complete copy of the permanent loan closing docket, if a separate closing is conducted for the permanent loan; and

(v) Any other information necessary for the Agency to comply with its regulations.

Items (i), (ii) and (iii) are only required if the project is constructed. To facilitate the implementation of the program, certain program forms may be addended to include relevant Demonstration Program requirements.

The selected applicants will be subject to the Demonstration Program guidelines in this Notice, and GRRHP's controlling statute, regulations, and handbook as amended. The GRRHP operates under the Housing Act of 1949, as amended, and regulations at 7 CFR part 3565. The GRRHP Origination and Servicing Handbook (HB-1-3565) is available to provide lenders and the general public with guidance on program administration. HB-1-3565, which contains a copy of 7 CFR part 3565 in Appendix 1, can be found at the Rural Development Instructions Web site address​regs/​hblist.html#hbw6.

Demonstration Program Eligibility: GRRHP obligated applications that meet the following criteria will be eligible for consideration to be selected into the Demonstration Program:

1. The project must have been awarded and continue to receive Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

2. The project must have a loan to cost (LTC) ratio equal to or lower than 50%.

3. The Lender must have submitted a timely response to this Notice in accordance with the “Demonstration Program Response Submission Address” section of this Notice.

4. A Lender must have submitted its application under the GRRHP 2008 Notice published February 4, 2008, Start Printed Page 47186Volume 73 FR 6469-6477, the GRRHP 2009 Notice published January 21, 2009, Volume 74 FR, 3551-3558, or the GRRHP 2009 Notice published on June 26, 2009, Volume 74 FR, 30503-30510.

5. The application to be considered must have been obligated from October 1, 2008 to December 18, 2009. However, if Demonstration funds have not been fully utilized by December 18, 2009, the Agency may consider applications obligated on or after October 1, 2007.

6. The Lender must not have closed the construction loan prior to its selection to participate in the Demonstration Program.

Demonstration Program Selection Process

Selections from qualified applications that have requested consideration and met all requirements for this Demonstration Program will be based on priority scores they received on their previously submitted applications, with the highest scoring applications, being selected first, until all available Demonstration Program Authority is used. In the event of a tie, priority will be given to the application that: is in the smaller rural community, and in case of a subsequent tie to the application that has the lowest LTC ratio.

The first round of selections into the Demonstration Program will be made on

September 18, 2009. In the event there are not enough qualified requests for selection into the Demonstration Program to utilize all the available Demonstration Program Authority, then until all funds are exhausted, an additional selection process will be conducted on the 3rd Friday of each the month starting October 16, 2009, with December 18, 2009 being the last selection date. All applicants will be notified of the selection results no later than 30 business days from the date of selection.

Demonstration Program Response Submission Address

Eligible lenders wishing to have their obligated applications considered for selection into the Demonstration Program must submit a signed request (not to exceed one page) on its letterhead that includes the following information:

1. Developer's Name

2. Borrower's Name

3. Project's Name

4. Project's Address (City and State)

5. Project Type (Family, Senior, or Mixed)

6. Project's Total Units

7. Project's Total Development Cost (TDC)

8. Amount of 538 Loan Guarantee

9. Amount of Tax Credits Awarded

10. Amount and Source of Other Financing

11. Loan to Cost (LTC) %

12. Area Population

13. Date obligated or date of Conditional Commitment

Send the Demonstration Program Response Submission Letter with all of the information listed above, along with a copy of the State Office's “Proceed with Application/NOFA Response Selection” letter and a copy of the tax credit award notification to: Tammy S. Daniels, Financial and Loan Analyst, Multi-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Division, Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program, USDA Rural Development, South Agriculture Building, Room 1233, STOP 0781, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0781.

Requests may also be faxed to 202-690-3444 or sent by e-mail (signed PDF copies of the above submissions) to Eligible lenders mailing a request must provide sufficient time to permit delivery to the Submission Address. If all the funds set aside for the Demonstration Program have not been utilized, the Agency will continue to accept requests for inclusion into the FY 2009 Demonstration Program until December 17, 2009. Acceptance by a U.S. Post Office or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Postage due responses and applications will not be accepted.

Paperwork Reduction Act

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the information collection requirements contained in this Notice is approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB Control Number 0575-0174.

Nondiscrimination Statement

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status or family status (not all prohibited basis apply to all programs). Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice or TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll free, (866) 632-9992 (Voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay (800) 720-6382 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

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Dated: September 3, 2009.

Sylvia Bolivar,

Acting Administrator, Rural Housing Service.

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[FR Doc. E9-21859 Filed 9-14-09; 8:45 am]