The Rural Development (RD) Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program (MPR)


To preserve and revitalize existing rural rental housing and farm labor housing projects financed by RHS under Section 515 and Sections 514/516 of the Housing Act of 1949 and to ensure that sufficient resources are available in order to continue to provide safe and affordable housing for very low- and low-income residents.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; E - Direct Loans
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Housing Act of 1949, as amended, Sections 514/516 and 515, and The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-161)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Owners or buyers of financially viable Section 515 financed rental or Section 514/516 labor housing properties.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Low-income rural residents needing safe, decent, and sanitary rental housing are eligible.
Applicants must provide a Capital Needs Assessment (CNA) to identify the physical needs of the property as well as the estimated cost to make the needed repairs over a 20-year period.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program (MPR) Pre-application is available electronically at or through contacting the RD State Office in the state where the project is located. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The MPR program is awarded through a Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) announced in the Federal Register.
Award Procedure
Pre-applications will be scored on the following factors: (1) Contribution of funds from other sources; (2) Owner contribution sufficient to pay transaction costs; (3) Age of Project; (4) Transfer and revitalization of troubled projects; (5) Prior Agency approved CNAs; (6) Energy Conservation, Energy Generation, and Green Property Management; (7) New tenant services to be provided by a non-profit organization at no cost to the project and that are available to all tenants; (8) Consolidation of project Operations; (9) Proposed Sale to Non-profit/Public Housing Authority for properties sold to non-profit organizations under the prepayment process, as explained in 7 CFR Part 3560, subpart N.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Within 45 days from Pre-application submission, pre-applications will be scored and ranked, eligibility will be confirmed, and applicants will be notified of selection for participation and requested to submit full applications.
Applicant may request reconsideration on the basis of pertinent facts concerning the application.
Non selected applicants may reapply under the future Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA).
How are proposals selected?
Proposals will be selected based on eligibility and ranking and scoring criteria listed in the NOSA.
How may assistance be used?
Funds will be used to meet the physical needs of rental and farm labor housing properties financed under Section 515 and Sections 514/516 of the Housing Act of 1949. Related soft costs are also eligible. Owners or buyers are required to agree to a Restrictive Use Covenant for 20 years or the remaining term of any loans or the remaining term of any existing restrictive-use provisions whichever ends later. This ensures the property will be used for low-income housing as defined by the Housing Act of 1949.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Quarterly or annual financial statements completed using agreed-upon procedures and performance standards described in the RHS Multi-Family Housing Audit Program.
Business records must be retained.
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
Debt deferral is the lesser of the remaining term of the existing loan or 20 years. A balloon payment of accrued principal and interest will be due at the end of the deferral period. A revitalization grant for non-profit applicants/borrowers only is limited to the cost of correcting health and safety violations as identified by a CNA. A revitalization zero percent loan will be amortized over 30 years. A soft-second loan with a one percent interest rate will have its interest and principal deferred, to a balloon payment, due at the time the latest maturing Section 514 or 515 loan becomes due. An additional 30-year Section 515 loan at an effective one percent interest rate amortized over a period not to exceed 50 years. An additional 33-year Section 514 loan at an effective one percent interest rate amortized over a period not to exceed 33 years. An additional Section 516 grant not to exceed the lesser of 90 percent of the total development cost, or that portion of the total development cost which exceeds the sum of any amount provided by the applicant from their own resources plus the amount of any Section 514 loans approved for the applicant. Typically, participants compete for funding via the NOSA; a selection process ensues based upon set criteria; applications are ranked and scored nationally. Selections are made based on the project type, ranking and scoring. States are given limits on how many applications are selected with a contingency for fall out.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Refer to the NOSA which lists contacts at Headquarters and consult your local telephone directory for Rural Development District or State Office numbers or visit the website
Headquarters Office
USDA, Rural Development, Preservation and Direct Loan Division,
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Mail Stop 0782
Washington, DC 20250-0781 US
Phone: (202) 720-1604.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Loans) FY 17$37,000,000.00; FY 18 est $40,000,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 16$67,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The underwriting guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following: The maximum soft-second loan will be limited to no more than $5,000 per unit; revitalization grants limited to $5,000 per unit; total assistance provided from a revitalization grant, revitalization zero percent loan, and/or a soft-second loan is limited to $10,000 per unit; and the maximum Section 515 loan or Section 514/516 loan and grant is limited to no more than $20,000 per unit.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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