Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
Uses and Use Restrictions
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.
The rental unit must pass a Rural Development health and safety inspection.
The owner must be willing to accept a Rural Development voucher.
Use at HUD Section 8 or other Federally-assisted public housing, is prohibited.
The Rural Development voucher may not be used in combination with the Rural Development Rental Assistance program.
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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
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, immediately prior to the foreclosure or prepayment, Rural Development will send the primary tenant a letter offering the family a voucher.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Public Law 111-8) 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)).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
The voucher is renewable, annually, subject to the availability of appropriations to the USDA.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
On an annual basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released on a monthly basis.
Post Assistance Requirements
No reports are required.
No audits are required for this program.
No Data Available.
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 09 $6,400,000; FY 10 est $16,000,000; FY 11 est $18,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Director, Portfolio Management Division, USDA, Rural Development, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 0782, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-0782 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202) 720-1615.
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