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Off-Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.405
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Housing Service
Letter of Intent (Required): Jul 15, 2022
Application: Nov 1, 2022

Jonathan Bell

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The Off-Farm Labor Housing program provides low interest loans and need-based grants to develop affordable housing for year-round, migrant, seasonal, retired, and/or disabled domestic farm laborers.

The primary use of the funds includes construction, improvement, repair, and purchase of housing for domestic farm laborers. In some cases, funds may also be used for operating and rental assistance, and other related activities, such as buying and improving land, purchasing household furnishings, and paying loan interest.

Key priorities include:

  • Assisting rural communities in recovering economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly disadvantaged communities
  • Ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to RD programs and benefits from RD funded projects
  • Reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities

Eligible applicants include:

  • Farmers, associations of farmers, and family farm corporations
  • Associations of farmworkers and nonprofit organizations
  • State and local governmental entities
  • Federally-recognized tribes
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $15,000 per unit (total loan and grant)
Estimated total program funding:

  • Loans - $5,500,000
  • Grants - $17,000,000

Grant funds may be awarded based on need and may not exceed 90% of project cost.

Loans have a 33 year payback period at a 1% fixed rate.

Application process

Application instructions are available on the program website.


  • Funding for Repairs: Pre-Applications Due May 9, 2022 and final applications must be submitted by September 12, 2022.
  • Funding for new construction is currently not available.
  • Third Round: Pre-Applications Due July 15, 2022 and final applications must be submitted by November 1, 2022.
Tagged as
COVID-19 · Capital funding · Community and economic development · Environmental health · Farmers and farmworkers · Housing and homelessness · Migrants · People with disabilities

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