USDA Rural Development Farm Labor Housing Application Workshop

Please join us Monday, August 6, from 9:00 am to noon, at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette, 111 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette, LA to participate in a Farm Labor Housing Application Workshop. Off-Farm and On-Farm Labor Housing programs will be discussed at this workshop.

A representative from Farm Labor Housing technical assistance provider Tierra Del Sol will also be available to answer any questions.

Off-Farm Labor Housing

Through the USDA Rural Development Farm Labor Housing (FLH) program, pre-applications are currently being accepted for the FLH Direct Loans and Grants. This program provides funding to construct, improve, repair and purchase housing for domestic farmworkers in rural and urban areas to house nearby farm labor. The funds can also be used for related support facilities such as to lease a site or to build housing units, day care centers or community rooms.

Eligible applicants for grant and loans includes broad-based non-profit organization, including community and Faith-Based organizations, non-profit organization of farmworkers, federally recognized Indian tribe, State or local Government, or a public agency (such as a housing authority). Also, eligible for off-farm FLH loans are nonprofit entities as its general partner unable to provide necessary housing and unable to obtain similar credit elsewhere that would allow for rents within the payment ability of eligible residents. Grants are available if you qualify and can be used to construct new off-farm FLH units and related facilities as well as for purchase and rehab of non-FLH. Pre-applications are due Aug. 27, 2018

On-Farm Labor Housing

On-Farm Labor Housing projects are designed to increase the supply of affordable housing for farmworkers and are specific to the farm where those laborers work. Loans funds are provided to farm owners and associations of farmers who wish to provide housing to the farmworkers they employ.  Applications are accepted at any time during the year.

You can contact the Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Department by emailing scott.pousson@la.usda.gov or (318) 473-7962.