Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Rural Housing Voucher Demonstration Program
The Rural Housing Voucher Demonstration program is designed to provide rental housing assistance vouchers to tenants in properties that prepay their Rural Development mortgage. The amount of this subsidy is the difference between the comparable market rent and the amount of rent being paid by the tenant when prepayment occurs. Prepaying properties may be located anywhere in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-55) for the Rural Development Voucher Program as authorized under Section 542 of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1471 et. seq. (without regard to Section 542(b)).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants must (a) be residing in the Section 515 project on the date of the prepayment of the Section 515 loan or upon foreclosure by Rural Development; (b) the date of the prepayment or foreclosure must be after September 30, 2005; (c) as required by 42 U.S.C. 1436a the tenant must be a citizen, U.S. non-citizen national or qualified alien and will so provide proof of citizenship.
Applicants must be citizens, U.S. non-citizen nationals or qualified aliens and have an adjusted household income at or below 80 percent of area median income as determined annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be eligible for a rural housing voucher.
The applicant must furnish factual evidence that their adjusted household's income is at or below 80 percent of area median income as determined annually by HUD and furnish proof of citizenship to be eligible, or to continue to be eligible, for a rural housing voucher.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
During the prepayment or foreclosure process, Rural Development will evaluate every tenant family to determine if it is low-income. If Rural Development determines a family is low-income, after the foreclosure or prepayment, Rural Development will send the primary tenant a letter offering the family a voucher.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The voucher is renewable, annually, subject to the availability of appropriations to the USDA.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
The monthly housing assistance payment for the Rural Development Voucher Program is the difference between the comparable market rent for the family's former Section 515 unit and the tenant's rent contributon on the date of the prepayment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
On an annual basis. Assistance is awarded/released on a monthly basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
USDA, Rural Development, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 0782
Washington, DC 20250-0782 US
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 17$22,000,000.00; FY 18 est $25,000,000.00; FY 19 est $19,000,000.00; FY 16$17,530,138.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects