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

Restructuring Program
Number: 10.447
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Rural Housing Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
10.447 The Rural Development (RD) Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program (MPR)
Federal Agency (030):
Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture
Authorization (040):
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).
Objectives (050):
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.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
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.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Owners or buyers of financially viable Section 515 financed rental or Section 514/516 labor housing properties.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Low-income rural residents needing safe, decent, and sanitary rental housing are eligible.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program (MPR) Pre-application is available electronically at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RD_NOFAs.html 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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The MPR program is awarded through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announced in the Federal Register.
Award Procedure (093):
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.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
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.
Appeals (096):
Applicant may request reconsideration on the basis of pertinent facts concerning the application.
Renewals (097):
Non selected applicants may reapply under the next Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Typically, participants compete for funding via the NOFA; 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.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Tracking and monitoring reports are required for Rural Rental and Farm Labor Housing. Since this is a Demonstration Program, procedures for tracking and monitoring expenditures are under development. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Quarterly or annual financial statements completed using agreed-upon procedures and performance standards described in the RHS Multi-Family Housing Audit Program.
Records (113):
Business records must be retained.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 12 Not Seperately Identifiable; FY 13 Not Seperately Identifiable; and FY 14 Not Seperately Identifiable
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
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.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Not Applicable.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Refer to the NOFA which lists contacts at the National Office and consult your local telephone directory for Rural Development District or State Office numbers or visit the website http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app.
Headquarters Office (152):
USDA, Rural Development, Preservation and Direct Loan Division, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Mail Stop 0782, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-0781 Phone: (202) 720-1604.
Website Address (153):
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Proposals will be selected based on eligibility and ranking and scoring criteria listed in the NOFA.