Announcement Type: Initial Notice inviting applications from qualified applicants for Fiscal Year 2010.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA): 10.433.
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency within Rural Development, announces that it is soliciting competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. The HPG program is a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private non-profit organizations, which may include, but not be limited to, faith-based and community organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons. This action is taken to comply with RHS regulations found in 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N, which require RHS to announce the opening and closing dates for receipt of preapplications for HPG funds from eligible applicants. The intended effect of this Notice is to provide eligible organizations notice of these dates.
If submitting a paper application the closing deadline for receipt of all applications in response to this Notice is 5 p.m., local time for each Rural Development State Office on June 28, 2010. If submitting the application in electronic format, the deadline for receipt is 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on [same date as paper application]. The application closing deadline is firm as to date and hour. RHS will not consider any application that is received after the closing deadline. Applicants intending to mail applications must provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or before the closing deadline date and time. Acceptance by the United States Postal Service or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile (FAX) and Start Printed Page 22096postage due applications will not be accepted.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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The reporting requirements contained in this Notice have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under Control Number 0575-0115.
I. Funding Opportunities Description
The funding instrument for the HPG Program will be a grant agreement. The term of the grant can vary from 1 to 2 years, depending on available funds and demand. No maximum or minimum grant levels have been established at the National level. You should contact the Rural Development State Office to determine the allocation.
II. Award Information
For Fiscal Year 2010, $10,146,815.03 is available for the HPG Program. The total includes $746,815.03 in carryover funds. Funds will be distributed under a formula allocation to states pursuant to 7 CFR part 1940, subpart L, “Methodology and Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Program Funds.” Decisions on funding will be based on pre-applications.
III. Eligibility Information
7 CFR part 1944, subpart N provides details on what information must be contained in the preapplication package. Entities wishing to apply for assistance should contact the Rural Development State Office to receive further information, the State allocation of funds, and copies of the preapplication package. Eligible entities for these competitively awarded grants include state and local governments, non-profit corporations, which may include, but not be limited to faith-based and community organizations, Federally recognized Indian tribes, and consortia of eligible entities.
Federally recognized Indian tribes, pursuant to 7 CFR 1944.674, are exempt from the requirement to consult with local leaders including announcing the availability of its statement of activities for review in a newspaper.
As part of the application, all applicants must also provide a Dunn and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. As required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), all grant applicants must provide a DUNS number when applying for Federal grants, on or after October 1, 2003. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711. Additional information concerning this requirement is provided in a policy directive issued by OMB and published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2003 (68 FR 38402-38405).
The Department of Agriculture is participating as a partner in the Government-wide Grants.gov site. Electronic applications must be submitted through the grants.gov Web site at: http://www.grants.gov, following the instructions found on the Web site. Please be mindful that the application deadline for electronic format differs from the deadline for paper format. The electronic format deadline will be based on Eastern Standard Time. The paper format deadline is local time for each Rural Development State Office.
IV. Application and Submission Information
Applicants must contact the Rural Development State Office serving the state in which they desire to submit an application to receive further information and copies of the application package. Rural Development will date and time stamp incoming applications to evidence timely and untimely receipt, and, upon request, will provide the applicant with a written acknowledgment of receipt. A listing of Rural Development State Offices, their addresses, telephone numbers, and person to contact follows:
Telephone numbers listed are not toll-free.
Alabama State Office
Suite 601, Sterling Centre
4121 Carmichael Road
Montgomery, Alabama 36106-3683
TDD (334) 279-3495
Alaska State Office
800 West Evergreen, Suite 201
Palmer, Alaska 99645
TDD (907) 761-8905
Debbie I. Davis
Arizona State Office
Phoenix Courthouse and Federal Building
230 North First Avenue, Suite 206
Phoenix, Arizona 85003-1706
TDD (602) 280-8706
Arkansas State Office
700 West Capitol Avenue, Room 3416
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3225
TDD (501) 301-3063
California State Office
430 G Street, #4169
Davis, California 95616-4169
TDD (530) 792-5848
Colorado State Office
655 Parfet Street, Room E100
Lakewood, Colorado 80215
TDD (800) 659-2656
Served by Massachusetts State Office
Delaware and Maryland State Office
1221 College Park Drive, Suite 200
Dover, Delaware 19904
TDD (302) 857-3585
Florida & Virgin Islands State Office
4440 N.W. 25th Place
Gainesville, Florida 32606-6563
TDD (352) 338-3499
Georgia State Office
Stephens Federal Building
355 East Hancock Avenue
Athens, Georgia 30601-2768
TDD (706) 546-2034
Hawaii State Office
(Services all Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and Western Pacific)
Room 311, Federal Building
154 Waianuenue Avenue
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
TDD (808) 933-8321
Idaho State Office
9173 West Barnes Drive
Boise, Idaho 83709
TDD (208) 378-5644
Illinois State Office
2118 West Park Court, Suite A
Champaign, Illinois 61821-2986
TDD (217) 403-6240
Barry L. Ramsey
Indiana State Office
5975 Lakeside Boulevard
Indianapolis, Indiana 46278
(317) 290-3100 (ext. 426)
TDD (317) 290-3343
Iowa State Office
210 Walnut Street Room 873
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
TDD (515) 284-4858
Mary Beth Juergens
Kansas State Office
1303 SW First American Place, Suite 100Start Printed Page 22097
Topeka, Kansas 66604-4040
TDD (785) 271-2767
Kentucky State Office
771 Corporate Drive, Suite 200
Lexington, Kentucky 40503
TDD (859) 224-7422
Louisiana State Office
3727 Government Street
Alexandria, Louisiana 71302
TDD (318) 473-7655
Yvonne R. Emerson
Maine State Office
Post Office Box 405
Bangor, Maine 04402-0405
TDD (207) 942-7331
Served by Delaware State Office
Massachusetts, Connecticut, & Rhode Island State Office
451 West Street Suite 2
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
TDD (413) 253-4590
Michigan State Office
3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 200
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
TDD (517) 337-6795
Minnesota State Office
375 Jackson Street Building, Suite 410
St. Paul, Minnesota 55125
TDD (651) 602-7830
Mississippi State Office
Federal Building, Suite 831
100 West Capitol Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39269
TDD (601) 965-5850
Missouri State Office
601 Business Loop 70 West
Parkade Center, Suite 235
Columbia, Missouri 65203
TDD (573) 876-9480
Montana State Office
900 Technology Boulevard, Suite B
Bozeman, Montana 59771
TDD (406) 585-2562
Nebraska State Office
Federal Building, Room 152
100 Centennial Mall N
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
TDD (402) 437-5408
Nevada State Office
1390 South Curry Street
Carson City, Nevada 89703-9910
(775) 887-1222 (ext. 14)
TDD (775) 885-0633
New Hampshire State Office
Suite 218, Box 317
10 Ferry Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301-5004
TDD (603) 229-0536
New Jersey State Office
5th Floor North, Suite 500
8000 Midlantic Drive
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054
TDD (856) 787-7784
Derrick S. Waltz
New Mexico State Office
6200 Jefferson Street, NE, Room 255
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
TDD (505) 761-4938
New York State Office
The Galleries of Syracuse
441 South Salina Street, Suite 3575th Floor
Syracuse, New York 13202
TDD (315) 477-6447
North Carolina State Office
4405 Bland Road, Suite 260
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
TDD (919) 873-2003
North Dakota State Office
Federal Building, Room 208
Post Office Box 1737
Bismarck, North Dakota 58502
TDD (701) 530-2113
Ohio State Office
Federal Building, Room 507
200 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-2477
TDD (614) 255-2554
Oklahoma State Office
100 USDA, Suite 108
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074-2654
TDD (405) 742-1007
Oregon State Office
1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 801
Portland, Oregon 97232-1274
TDD (503) 414-3387
Pennsylvania State Office
One Credit Union Place, Suite 330
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-2996
TDD (717) 237-2261
Puerto Rico State Office
IBM Building, Suite 601
Munoz Rivera Ave. #654
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918
(787) 766-5095 (ext. 256)
TDD (787) 766-5332
Served by Massachusetts State Office
South Carolina State Office
Strom Thurmond Federal Building
1835 Assembly Street, Room 1007
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
TDD (803) 765-5697
South Dakota State Office
Federal Building, Room 210
200 Fourth Street, SW
Huron, South Dakota 57350
TDD (605) 352-1147
Roger Hazuka or Pam Reilly
Tennessee State Office
3322 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37203-1084
TDD (615) 783-1397
Texas State Office
Federal Building, Suite 102
101 South Main
Temple, Texas 76501
TDD (254) 742-9712
Utah State Office
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building
125 South State Street, Room 301
Salt Lake City, Utah 84138
TDD (801) 524-3309
Vermont State Office
City Center, 3rd Floor
89 Main Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
TDD (802) 223-6365
Served by Florida State Office
Virginia State Office
Culpeper Building, Suite 238
1606 Santa Rosa RoadStart Printed Page 22098
Richmond, Virginia 23229
TDD (804) 287-1753
Washington State Office
1835 Black Lake Boulevard, Suite B
Olympia, Washington 98512
TDD (360) 704-7760
Western Pacific Territories
Served by Hawaii State Office
Parkersburg West Virginia County Office
91 Boyles Lane
Parkersburg, West Virginia 26104
TDD (304) 284-4836
Wisconsin State Office
4949 Kirschling Court
Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481
(715) 345-7608 (ext. 111)
TDD (715) 345-7614
Wyoming State Office
Post Office Box 82601
Casper, Wyoming 82602-5006
TDD (307) 233-6733
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For general information, applicants may contact Bonnie Edwards-Jackson, Finance and Loan Analyst, Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Direct Loan Division, USDA Rural Development, Stop 0781, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0781, telephone (202) 690-0759 (voice) (this is not a toll free number) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD-Federal Information Relay Service) or via e-mail at Bonnie.Edwards@wdc.usda.gov.
V. Application Review Information
Applicants wishing to apply for assistance must make their statement of activities available to the public for comment. The applicant(s) must announce the availability of its statement of activities for review in a newspaper of general circulation in the project area and allow at least 15 days for public comment. The start of this 15-day period must occur no later than 16 days prior to the last day for acceptance of pre-applications by USDA Rural Development.
All applications for Section 533 funds must be filed with the appropriate Rural Development State Office or grants.gov and must meet the requirements of this Notice and 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N. Pre-applications determined not eligible and/or not meeting the selection criteria will be notified by the Rural Development State Office. All adverse determinations are appealable pursuant to 7 CFR part 11. Instructions on the appeal process will be provided at the time the applicant is notified of the adverse decision.
If submitting a paper application, applicants will file an original and two copies of Standard Form (SF) 424, “Application for Federal Assistance,” and supporting information with the appropriate Rural Development State Office. A pre-application package, including SF-424, is available in any Rural Development State Office. If an electronic application is submitted, applicants will upload the information at grants.gov. All preapplications shall be accompanied by the following information which Rural Development will use to determine the applicant's eligibility to undertake the HPG program and to evaluate the preapplication under the project selection criteria of 7 CFR 1944.679:
(a) A statement of activities proposed by the applicant for its HPG program as appropriate to the type of assistance the applicant is proposing, including:
(1) A complete discussion of the type of and conditions for financial assistance for housing preservation, including whether the request for assistance is for a homeowner assistance program, a rental property assistance program, or a cooperative assistance program;
(2) The process for selecting recipients for HPG assistance, determining housing preservation needs of the dwelling, performing the necessary work, and monitoring/inspecting work performed;
(3) A description of the process for identifying potential environmental impacts in accordance with 7 CFR 1944.672, and the provisions for compliance with Stipulation I, A-G of the Programmatic Memorandum of Agreement, also known as PMOA, (RD Instruction 2000-FF, available in any Rural Development State Office or at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/regs/pdf/2000ff.pdf) in accordance with 7 CFR 1944.673(b);
(4) The development standard(s) the applicant will use for the housing preservation work; and, if not the Rural Development standards for existing dwellings, the evidence of its acceptance by the jurisdiction where the grant will be implemented;
(5) The time schedule for completing the program;
(6) The staffing required to complete the program;
(7) The estimated number of very low- and low-income minority and nonminority persons the grantee will assist with HPG funds; and, if a rental property or cooperative assistance program, the number of units and the term of restrictive covenants on their use for very low- and low-income;
(8) The geographical area(s) to be served by the HPG program;
(9) The annual estimated budget for the program period based on the financial needs to accomplish the objectives outlined in the proposal. The budget should include proposed direct and indirect administrative costs, such as personnel, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, contracts, and other cost categories, detailing those costs for which the grantee proposes to use the HPG grant separately from non-HPG resources, if any. The applicant budget should also include a schedule (with amounts) of how the applicant proposes to draw HPG grant funds, i.e., monthly, quarterly, lump sum for program activities, etc.;
(10) A copy of an indirect cost proposal as required in 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016, and 3019, as applicable, when the applicant has another source of Federal funding in addition to the Rural Development HPG program;
(11) A brief description of the accounting system to be used;
(12) The method of evaluation to be used by the applicant to determine the effectiveness of its program which encompasses the requirements for quarterly reports to Rural Development in accordance with 7 CFR 1944.683(b) and the monitoring plan for rental properties and cooperatives (when applicable) according to 7 CFR 1944.689;
(13) The source and estimated amount of other financial resources to be obtained and used by the applicant for both HPG activities and housing development and/or supporting activities;
(14) The use of program income, if any, and the tracking system used for monitoring same;
(15) The applicant's plan for disposition of any security instruments held by them as a result of its HPG activities in the event of its loss of legal status;
(16) Any other information necessary to explain the proposed HPG program; and
(17) The outreach efforts outlined in 7 CFR 1944.671(b).
(b) Complete information about the applicant's experience and capacity to carry out the objectives of the proposed HPG program.
(c) Evidence of the applicant's legal existence, including, in the case of a private non-profit organization, which may include, but not be limited to, faith-Start Printed Page 22099based and community organizations, a copy of, or an accurate reference to, the specific provisions of State law under which the applicant is organized; a certified copy of the applicant's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws or other evidence of corporate existence; certificate of incorporation for other than public bodies; evidence of good standing from the State when the corporation has been in existence 1 year or more; and the names and addresses of the applicant's members, directors and officers. If other organizations are members of the applicant-organization, or the applicant is a consortium, pre-applications should be accompanied by the names, addresses, and principal purpose of the other organizations. If the applicant is a consortium, documentation showing compliance with paragraph (4)(ii) under the definition of “organization” in 7 CFR 1944.656 must also be included.
(d) For a private non-profit entity, which may include, but not be limited to, faith-based and community organizations, the most recently audited statement and a current financial statement dated and signed by an authorized officer of the entity showing the amounts and specific nature of assets and liabilities together with information on the repayment schedule and status of any debt(s) owed by the applicant.
(e) A brief narrative statement which includes information about the area to be served and the need for improved housing (including both percentage and the actual number of both low-income and low-income minority households and substandard housing), the need for the type of housing preservation assistance being proposed, the anticipated use of HPG resources for historic properties, the method of evaluation to be used by the applicant in determining the effectiveness of its efforts.
(f) A statement containing the component for alleviating any overcrowding as defined by 7 CFR 1944.656.
(g) Applicant must submit an original and one copy of Form RD 1940-20, “Request for Environmental Information,” prepared in accordance with Exhibit F-1 of RD Instruction 1944-N (available in any Rural Development State Office or at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/regs/forms/1940-20.pdf).
(h) Applicant must also submit a description of its process for:
(1) Identifying and rehabilitating properties listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places;
(2) Identifying properties that are located in a floodplain or wetland;
(3) Identifying properties located within the Coastal Barrier Resources System; and
(4) Coordinating with other public and private organizations and programs that provide assistance in the rehabilitation of historic properties (Stipulation I, D, of the PMOA, RD Instruction 2000-FF, available in any Rural Development State Office or at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/regs/pdf/2000ff.pdf.
(i) The applicant must also submit evidence of the State Historic Preservation Office's, (SHPO), concurrence in the proposal, or in the event of nonconcurrence, a copy of SHPO's comments together with evidence that the applicant has received the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's (Council) advice as to how the disagreement might be resolved, and a copy of any advice provided by the Council.
(j) The applicant must submit written statements and related correspondence reflecting compliance with 7 CFR 1944.674(a) and (c) regarding consultation with local government leaders in the preparation of its program and the consultation with local and state government pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order 12372.
(k) The applicant is to make its statement of activities available to the public for comment prior to submission to Rural Development pursuant to 7 CFR 1944.674(b). The application must contain a description of how the comments (if any were received) were addressed.
(l) The applicant must submit an original and one copy of Form RD 400-1, “Equal Opportunity Agreement,” and Form RD 400-4, “Assurance Agreement,” in accordance with 7 CFR 1944.676. These forms can be obtained at any state office or at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/oa/RD-400-1.pdf and http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/regs/forms/0400-04.pdf.
Applicants should review 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N for a comprehensive list of all application requirements.
VI. Selection Criteria
In accordance with 7 CFR 1944.679 applicants and proposed projects must meet the following criteria:
(a) Provide a financially feasible program of housing preservation assistance. “Financially feasible” is defined as proposed assistance which will be affordable to the intended recipient or result in affordable housing for very low- and low-income persons.
(b) Serve eligible rural areas with a concentration of substandard housing for households with very low-or low-income.
(c) Be an eligible applicant as defined in 7 CFR 1944.658.
(d) Meet the requirements of consultation and public comment in accordance with 7 CFR 1944.674.
(e) Submit a complete preapplication as outlined in 7 CFR 1944.676.
VII. Points System
For applicants meeting all of the requirements listed above, the Rural Development State Offices will then use weighted criteria in accordance with 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N as selection for the grant recipients. Each preapplication and its accompanying statement of activities will be evaluated and, based solely on the information contained in the preapplication, the applicant's proposal will be numerically rated on each criteria within the range provided. The highest-ranking applicant(s) will be selected based on allocation of funds available to the state.
(a) Points are awarded based on the percentage of very low-income persons that the applicant proposes to assist, using the following scale:
(1) More than 80%: 20 points.
(2) 61% to 80%: 15 points.
(3) 41% to 60%: 10 points.
(4) 20% to 40%: 5 points.
(5) Less than 20%: 0 points.
(b) The applicant's proposal may be expected to result in the following percentage of HPG fund use (excluding administrative costs) in comparison to the total cost of unit preservation. This percentage reflects maximum repair or rehabilitation results with the least possible HPG funds due to leveraging, innovative financial assistance, owner's contribution or other specified approaches. Points are awarded based on the following percentage of HPG funds (excluding administrative costs) to total funds:
(1) 50% or less: 20 points.
(2) 51% to 65%: 15 points.
(3) 66% to 80%: 10 points.
(4) 81% to 95%: 5 points.
(5) 96% to 100%: 0 points.
(c) The applicant has demonstrated its administrative capacity in assisting very low- and low-income persons to obtain adequate housing based on the following (30 points maximum):
(1) The organization or a member of its staff has at least one or more years experience successfully managing and operating a rehabilitation or weatherization type program: 10 points.
(2) The organization or a member of its staff has at least one or more years experience successfully managing and Start Printed Page 22100operating a program assisting very low- and low-income persons obtain housing assistance: 10 points.
(3) If the organization has administered grant programs, there are no outstanding or unresolved audit or investigative findings which might impair carrying out the proposal: 10 points.
(d) The proposed program will be undertaken entirely in rural areas outside Metropolitan Statistical Areas, also known as MSAs, identified by Rural Development as having populations below 10,000 or in remote parts of other rural areas (i.e., rural areas contained in MSAs with less than 5,000 population) as defined in 7 CFR 1944.656: 10 points.
(e) The program will use less than 20 percent of HPG funds for administration purposes:
(1) More than 20%: Not eligible.
(2) 20%: 0 points.
(3) 19%: 1 point.
(4) 18%: 2 points.
(5) 17%: 3 points.
(6) 16%: 4 points.
(7) 15% or less: 5 points.
(f) The proposed program contains a component for alleviating overcrowding as defined in 7 CFR 1944.656: 5 points.
In the event more than one preapplication receives the same amount of points, those preapplications will then be ranked based on the actual percentage figure used for determining the points for Section VII (a). Further, in the event that preapplications are still tied, then those preapplications still tied will be ranked based on the percentage for HPG fund use (low to high). Further, for applications where assistance to rental properties or cooperatives is proposed, those still tied will be further ranked based on the number of years the units are available for occupancy under the program (a minimum of 5 years is required). For this part, ranking will be based from most to least number of years.
Finally, if there is still a tie, then a lottery system will be used. After the award selections are made all applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by mail.
VIII. Non-Discrimination Statement
USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), (202) 720-6382 (TDD). “USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.”Start Signature
Dated: April 16, 2010.
Administrator, Rural Housing Service.
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