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The purpose of the Joe Serna Jr., Farmworker Housing Grant Program (FWHG) is to finance the new construction, rehabilitation, and acquisition of owner-occupied and rental units for agricultural workers, with a priority for lower income households.

Eligible activities include activities incurring costs in the development of homeowner or rental housing for agricultural workers, including land acquisition, site development, construction, rehabilitation, design services, operating and replacement reserves, repayment of predevelopment loans, provision of access for the elderly or disabled, relocation, homeowner counseling, and other reasonable and necessary costs.

Projects may serve:
(Multifamily/Rental): Eligible beneficiaries of the funds are households who derive, or prior to retirement or disability derived, 50% or more of the combined household income from agricultural employment.
(Single Family/Homeowner): Eligible beneficiaries of the funds are households with at least one person who derives, or prior to retirement or disability derived, a substantial portion of his or her income from agricultural employment.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
Cooperative housing corporations & limited partnerships where all the general partners are nonprofit mutual or public benefit corporations

To be eligible to receive funding, the Applicant shall demonstrate to the Department's satisfaction that:
-For rental housing developments, an Applicant must have developed and owned at least one rental housing project of similar type and size as the proposed project within the last five years and have staff with demonstrated experience in managing at least one project occupied primarily by agricultural workers and their families.
-For single-family new construction or owner-occupied rehabilitation projects, an Applicant must have successfully sponsored and supervised a similar program for a period of at least two years within the last ten years.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Feb 20, 2020
Due Date Notes
The Department will begin accepting Program applications Over-the-Counter from 8:00 a.m. on February 20, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 20, 2020 or until such time as the Department has received enough eligible applications to reasonably use all funds currently available.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Dec 26, 2019
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Match Required?
California Department of Housing and Community Development
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Multifamily Rental Project Maximum (Project without Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) or using 4 percent LIHTC): $10,000,000
Multifamily Rental Project Maximum (Project using 9 percent LIHTC): $5,000,000
Single-Family Homeownership Projects Maximum: $3,000,000
Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Maximum: $2,000,000
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