Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants

To provide decent, safe, and sanitary low-rent housing and related facilities for domestic farm laborers.


Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Examples of funded projects are the projects sponsored by the Homestead Housing Authority in Homestead, Florida, or The Boulder County Housing Authority, Boulder, Colorado.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

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.

Office - Consult your local telephone directory for Rural Development Area Office number.

If no listing, contact appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog or on the internet at

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

During fiscal year 2005, 818 new units were built and 1,222 units were rehabilitated or developed as multiple family-type housing and on-farm individual-type housing units.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The loans and grants may be used for construction, repair, or purchase of year-round or seasonal housing; acquiring the necessary land and making improvements on land for housing; and developing related support facilities including central cooking and dining facilities, small infirmaries, laundry facilities, day care centers, other essential equipment and facilities or recreation areas.

Funds may also be used to pay certain fees and interest incidental to the project.

Restrictions on the use of funds are: Developers' fees, resident services, cost of unrelated commercial space, costs associated with other lenders/grantors.

Housing financed with labor housing loan or grant funds must be occupied by domestic farm laborers, individuals who derive a substantial portion of their income from farm labor, and their families.

The occupants must also be a U. S. citizen or permanent resident.