[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 89 (Monday, May 11, 2009)]
[Pages 21775-21780]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-10645]



Rural Housing Service

Notice of Funds Availability for the Section 533 Housing 
Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2009

    Announcement Type: Initial Notice inviting applications from 
qualified applicants for Fiscal Year 2009.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA): 10.433.

SUMMARY: The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency within Rural 
Development, announces that it is soliciting competitive applications 
under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. The HPG program is 
a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private non-
profit organizations, which may include, but not be limited to, faith-
based and community organizations, and other eligible entities grant 
funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and 
rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program 
assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in 
repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such 
units available to low- and very low-income persons. This action is 
taken to comply with Agency regulations found in 7 CFR part 1944, 
subpart N, which require the Agency to announce the opening and closing 
dates for receipt of preapplications for HPG

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funds from eligible applicants. The intended effect of this Notice is 
to provide eligible organizations notice of these dates.

DATES: The closing deadline for receipt of all applications in response 
to this Notice is 5 p.m., local time for each Rural Development State 
Office on July 10, 2009. The application closing deadline is firm as to 
date and hour. RHS will not consider any application that is received 
after the closing deadline. Applicants intending to mail applications 
must provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or before the 
closing deadline date and time. Acceptance by the United States Postal 
Service or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile (FAX) 
and postage due applications will not be accepted.


Paperwork Reduction Act

    The reporting requirements contained in this Notice have been 
approved by the Office of Management and Budget under Control Number 

Program Administration

I. Funding Opportunities Description

    The funding instrument for the HPG Program will be a grant 
agreement. The term of the grant can vary from 1 to 2 years, depending 
on available funds and demand. No maximum or minimum grant levels have 
been established at the National level. You should contact the Rural 
Development State Office to determine the allocation.

II. Award Information

    For Fiscal Year 2009, $10,088,166.45 is available for the HPG 
Program. The total includes $688,166.45 in carryover funds. A set-aside 
of $600,000 has been established for grants located in Empowerment 
Zones, Enterprise Communities, and Rural Economic Area Partnership 
Zones and other funds will be distributed under a formula allocation to 
states pursuant to 7 CFR part 1940, subpart L, ``Methodology and 
Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Program Funds.'' Decisions on 
funding will be based on pre-applications.

III. Eligibility Information

    7 CFR part 1944, subpart N provides details on what information 
must be contained in the preapplication package. Entities wishing to 
apply for assistance should contact the Rural Development State Office 
to receive further information, the State allocation of funds, and 
copies of the preapplication package. Eligible entities for these 
competitively awarded grants include state and local governments, non-
profit corporations, which may include, but not be limited to faith-
based and community organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, 
and consortia of eligible entities.
    Federally recognized Indian tribes, pursuant to 7 CFR 1944.674, are 
exempt from the requirement to consult with local leaders including 
announcing the availability of its statement of activities for review 
in a newspaper.
    As part of the application, all applicants must also provide a Dun 
and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. As 
required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), all grant 
applicants must provide a DUNS number when applying for Federal grants, 
on or after October 1, 2003. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at 
no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 
1-866-705-5711. Additional information concerning this requirement is 
provided in a policy directive issued by OMB and published in the 
Federal Register on June 27, 2003 (68 FR 38402-38405).
    To comply with the President's Management Agenda, the Department of 
Agriculture is participating as a partner in the new Government-wide 
Grants.gov site in FY 2009. Housing Preservation Grants [Catalog of 
Federal Domestic Assistance 10.433] is one of the programs 
included at this Web site. You may access the electronic grant 
application for Housing Preservation Grants at: http://www.grants.gov. 
If you are an applicant under the Housing Preservation Grant Program, 
you may submit your application to the Agency in either electronic or 
paper format. Please be mindful that the application deadline for 
electronic format differs from the deadline for paper format. The 
electronic format deadline will be based on Eastern Standard Time. The 
paper format deadline is local time for each Rural Development State 
    Users of Grants.gov will be able to download a copy of the 
application package, complete it off line, and then upload and submit 
the application via the Grants.gov site. You may not e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to USDA Rural Development; 
however, the Agency encourages your participation in Grants.gov.
    The following are useful tips and instructions on how to use the 
Web site:
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site as well as the hours of operation. USDA Rural Development strongly 
recommends that you do not wait until the application deadline date to 
begin the application process through Grants.gov. To use Grants.gov, 
applicants must have a DUNS number.
     You may submit all documents electronically through the 
Web site, including all information typically included on the 
Application for Rural Housing Preservation Grants, and all necessary 
assurances and certifications.
     Your application must comply with any page limit 
requirements described in this Notice.
     After you electronically submit your application through 
the Web site, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement from 
Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number.
     RHS may request that you provide original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
     If you experience technical difficulties on the closing 
date and are unable to meet the 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) 
deadline, print out your application and submit it to your State 
Office, you must meet the closing date and local time deadline.
     Please note that you must locate the downloadable 
application package for this program by the CFDA Number or FedGrants 
Funding Opportunity Number, which can be found at http://www.fedgrants.gov.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    Applicants wishing to apply for assistance must make its statement 
of activities available to the public for comment. The applicant(s) 
must announce the availability of its statement of activities for 
review in a newspaper of general circulation in the project area and 
allow at least 15 days for public comment. The start of this 15-day 
period must occur no later than 16 days prior to the last day for 
acceptance of pre-applications by USDA Rural Development.
    Applicants must also contact the Rural Development State Office 
serving the place in which they desire to submit an application to 
receive further information and copies of the application package. 
Rural Development will date and time stamp incoming applications to 
evidence timely receipt, and, upon request, will provide the applicant 
with a written acknowledgment of receipt. A listing of Rural 
Development State Offices, their addresses, telephone numbers, and 
person to contact follows:

    Note:  Telephone numbers listed are not toll-free.

Alabama State Office, Suite 601, Sterling Centre, 4121 Carmichael 

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Montgomery, Alabama 36106-3683, (334) 279-3454, TDD (334) 279-3495.
Anne Chavers, Alaska State Office, 800 West Evergreen, Suite 201, 
Palmer, Alaska 99645, (907) 761-7740, TDD (907) 761-8905.
Debbie I. Davis, Arizona State Office, Phoenix Courthouse and 
Federal Building, 230 North First Avenue, Suite 206, Phoenix, 
Arizona 85003-1706, (602) 280-8768, TDD (602) 280-8706.
Carol Torres, Arkansas State Office, 700 West Capitol Avenue, Room 
3416, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3225, (501) 301-3258, TDD (501) 
Clinton King, California State Office, >430 G Street, 4169, 
Davis, California 95616-4169, (530) 792-5821, TDD (530) 792-5848.
Debra Moretton, Colorado State Office, 655 Parfet Street, Room E100, 
Lakewood, Colorado 80215, (720) 544-2923, TDD (800) 659-2656.
Mary Summerfield, Connecticut, Served by Massachusetts State Office.
Delaware and Maryland State Office, 1221 College Park Drive, Suite 
200, Dover, Delaware 19904, (302) 857-3615, TDD (302) 857-3585.
Pat Baker, Florida & Virgin Islands State Office, 4440 N.W. 25th 
Place, Gainesville, Florida 32606-6563, (352) 338-3465, TDD (352) 
Elizabeth M. Whitaker, Georgia State Office, Stephens Federal 
Building, 355 East Hancock Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30601-2768, (706) 
546-2164, TDD (706) 546-2034.
Dawn Pilgrim, Hawaii State Office, (Services all Hawaii, American 
Samoa, Guam, and Western Pacific), Room 311, Federal Building, 154 
Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, (808) 933-8300, TDD (808) 
Gayle Kuheana, Idaho State Office, Suite A1, 9173 West Barnes Drive, 
Boise, Idaho 83709, (208) 378-5628, TDD (208) 378-5644.
Joyce Weinzetl, Illinois State Office, 2118 West Park Court, Suite 
A, Champaign, Illinois 61821-2986, (217) 403-6222, TDD (217) 403-
Barry L. Ramsey, Indiana State Office, 5975 Lakeside Boulevard, 
Indianapolis, Indiana 46278, (317) 290-3100 (ext. 426), TDD (317) 
Mary Hawthorne, Iowa State Office, 210 Walnut Street Room 873, Des 
Moines, Iowa 50309, (515) 284-4666, TDD (515) 284-4858.
Mary Beth Juergens, Kansas State Office, 1303 SW First American 
Place, Suite 100, Topeka, Kansas 66604-4040, (785) 271-2700, TDD 
(785) 271-2767.
Mike Resnik, Kentucky State Office, 771 Corporate Drive, Suite 200, 
Lexington, Kentucky 40503, (859) 224-7325, TDD (859) 224-7422.
Beth Moore, Louisiana State Office, 3727 Government Street, 
Alexandria, Louisiana 71302, (318) 473-7962, TDD (318) 473-7655.
Yvonne R. Emerson, Maine State Office, Post Office Box 405, Bangor, 
Maine 04402-0405, (207) 990-9110, TDD (207) 942-7331.
Bob Nadeau, Maryland, Served by Delaware State Office.
Massachusetts, Connecticut, & Rhode Island State Office, 451 West 
Street Suite 2, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002, (413) 253-4315, TDD 
(413) 253-4590.
Paul Geoffroy, Michigan State Office, 3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 200, 
East Lansing, Michigan 48823, (517) 324-5192, TDD (517) 337-6795.
Kelly Darland, Minnesota State Office, 375 Jackson Street Building, 
Suite 410, St. Paul, Minnesota 55125, (651) 602-7804, TDD (651) 602-
Thomas Osborne, Mississippi State Office, Federal Building, Suite 
831, 100 West Capitol Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39269, (601) 965-
4325, TDD (601) 965-5850.
Darnella Smith-Murray, Missouri State Office, 601 Business Loop 70 
West, Parkade Center, Suite 235, Columbia, Missouri 65203, (573) 
876-9303, TDD (573) 876-9480.
Becky Eftink, Montana State Office, 900 Technology Boulevard, Suite 
B, Bozeman, Montana 59771, (406) 585-2515, TDD (406) 585-2562.
Deborah Chorlton, Nebraska State Office, Federal Building, Room 152, 
100 Centennial Mall N, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508, (402) 437-5557, TDD 
(402) 437-5093.
Lanae Brasch, Nevada State Office, 1390 South Curry Street, Carson 
City, Nevada 89703-9910, (775) 887-1222 (ext. 14), TDD (775) 885-
Mona Sargent, New Hampshire State Office, Concord Center, Suite 218, 
Box 317, 10 Ferry Street, Concord, New Hampshire 03301-5004, (603) 
223-6046, TDD (603) 229-0536.
Sandra Hawkins, New Jersey State Office, 5th Floor North, Suite 500, 
8000 Midlantic Drive, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054, (856) 787-7773, 
TDD (856) 787-7784.
Derrick S. Waltz, New Mexico State Office, 6200 Jefferson Street, 
NE, Room 255, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109, (505) 761-4944, TDD 
(505) 761-4938.
Susan Ellzey, New York State Office, The Galleries of Syracuse, 441 
South Salina Street, Suite 357 5th Floor, Syracuse, New York 13202, 
(315) 477-6453, TDD (315) 477-6447.
Kathryn Boerner, North Carolina State Office, 4405 Bland Road, Suite 
260, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609, (919) 873-2062, TDD (919) 873-
Rebecca Dillard, North Dakota State Office, Federal Building, Room 
208, Post Office Box 1737, Bismarck, North Dakota 58502, (701) 530-
2046, TDD (701) 530-2113.
Barry Borstad, Ohio State Office, Federal Building, Room 507, 200 
North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-2477, (614) 255-2409, TDD 
(614) 255-2554.
Cathy Simmons, Oklahoma State Office, 100 USDA, Suite 108, 
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074-2654, (405) 742-1076, TDD (405) 742-1007.
Tim Henderson, Oregon State Office, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 
801, Portland, Oregon 97232-1274, (503) 414-3340, TDD (503)414-3387.
Barb Brandon
Pennsylvania State Office, One Credit Union Place, Suite 330, 
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-2996, (717) 237-2282, TDD (717) 237-
2261, Martha E. Hanson.
Puerto Rico State Office, IBM Building, Suite 601, Munoz Rivera 
Ave., 654, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918, (787) 766-5095 
(ext. 256), TDD (787) 766-5332, Jan Vargas.
Rhode Island, Served by Massachusetts State Office.
South Carolina State Office, Strom Thurmond Federal Building, 1835 
Assembly Street, Room 1007, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, (803) 
765-5870, TDD (803) 765-5697, Lila Moses.
South Dakota State Office, Federal Building, Room 210, 200 Fourth 
Street, SW., Huron, South Dakota 57350, (605) 352-1132, TDD (605) 
352-1147, Roger Hazuka or Pam Reilly.
Tennessee State Office, Suite 300, 3322 West End Avenue, Nashville, 
Tennessee 37203-1084, (615) 783-1300, TDD (615) 783-1397, Abby 
Texas State Office, Federal Building, Suite 102, 101 South Main, 
Temple, Texas 76501, (254) 742-9769, TDD (254) 742-9712, Olivia 
Utah State Office, Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, 125 South 
State Street, Room 4311, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, (801) 524-4308, 
TDD (801) 524-3309, Janice Kocher.
Vermont State Office, City Center, 3rd Floor, 89 Main Street, 
Montpelier, Vermont 05602, (802) 828-6021, TDD (802) 223-6365, Heidi 
Virgin Islands, Served by Florida State Office.
Virginia State Office, Culpeper Building, Suite 238, 1606 Santa Rosa 
Road, Richmond, Virginia 23229, (804) 287-1596, TDD (804) 287-1753, 
CJ Michels.
Washington State Office, 1835 Black Lake Boulevard, Suite B, 
Olympia, Washington 98512, (360) 704-7706, TDD (360) 704-7760, Bill 
Western Pacific Territories, Served by Hawaii State Office.
West Virginia, Parkersburg West Virginia County Office, 91 Boyles 
Lane, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26104, (304) 422-9070, TDD (304) 
284-4836, Penny Thaxton.
Wisconsin State Office, 4949 Kirschling Court, Stevens Point, 
Wisconsin 54481, (715) 345-7608 (ext.111), TDD (715) 345-7614, Sara 
Wyoming State Office, Post Office Box 82601, Casper, Wyoming 82602-
5006, (307) 233-6716, TDD (307) 233-6733, Alan Brooks.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information, applicants 
may contact Bonnie Edwards-Jackson, Finance and Loan Analyst, Multi-
Family Housing Preservation and Direct Loan Division, USDA Rural 
Development, Stop 0781, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20250-0781, telephone (202) 690-0759 (voice) (this is not a toll free 
number) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD-Federal Information Relay Service) or 
via e-mail at, [email protected].

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V. Application Review Information

    All applications for Section 533 funds must be filed with the 
appropriate Rural Development State Office and must meet the 
requirements of this Notice and 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N. Pre-
applications determined not eligible and/or not meeting the selection 
criteria will be notified by the Rural Development State Office.
    All applicants will file an original and two copies of Standard 
Form (SF) 424, ''Application for Federal Assistance,'' and supporting 
information with the appropriate Rural Development State Office. A pre-
application package, including SF-424, is available in any Rural 
Development State Office. All preapplications shall be accompanied by 
the following information which Rural Development will use to determine 
the applicant's eligibility to undertake the HPG program and to 
evaluate the preapplication under the project selection criteria of 
Sec.  1944.679 of 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N.
    (a) A statement of activities proposed by the applicant for its HPG 
program as appropriate to the type of assistance the applicant is 
proposing, including:
    (1) A complete discussion of the type of and conditions for 
financial assistance for housing preservation, including whether the 
request for assistance is for a homeowner assistance program, a rental 
property assistance program, or a cooperative assistance program;
    (2) The process for selecting recipients for HPG assistance, 
determining housing preservation needs of the dwelling, performing the 
necessary work, and monitoring/inspecting work performed;
    (3) A description of the process for identifying potential 
environmental impacts in accordance with Sec.  1944.672 of 7 CFR part 
1944, subpart N, and the provisions for compliance with Stipulation I, 
A-G of the Programmatic Memorandum of Agreement, also known as PMOA, 
(RD Instruction 2000-FF, available in any Rural Development State 
Office) in accordance with Sec.  1944.673(b) of 7 CFR part 1944, 
subpart N;
    (4) The development standard(s) the applicant will use for the 
housing preservation work; and, if not the Rural Development standards 
for existing dwellings, the evidence of its acceptance by the 
jurisdiction where the grant will be implemented;
    (5) The time schedule for completing the program;
    (6) The staffing required to complete the program;
    (7) The estimated number of very low- and low-income minority and 
nonminority persons the grantee will assist with HPG funds; and, if a 
rental property or cooperative assistance program, the number of units 
and the term of restrictive covenants on their use for very low- and 
    (8) The geographical area(s) to be served by the HPG program;
    (9) The annual estimated budget for the program period based on the 
financial needs to accomplish the objectives outlined in the proposal. 
The budget should include proposed direct and indirect administrative 
costs, such as personnel, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, 
contracts, and other cost categories, detailing those costs for which 
the grantee proposes to use the HPG grant separately from non-HPG 
resources, if any. The applicant budget should also include a schedule 
(with amounts) of how the applicant proposes to draw HPG grant funds, 
i.e., monthly, quarterly, lump sum for program activities, etc.;
    (10) A copy of a indirect cost proposal as required in 7 CFR parts 
3015, 3016, and 3019, when the applicant has another source of federal 
funding in addition to the Rural Development HPG program;
    (11) A brief description of the accounting system to be used;
    (l2) The method of evaluation to be used by the applicant to 
determine the effectiveness of its program which encompasses the 
requirements for quarterly reports to Rural Development in accordance 
with Sec.  1944.683(b) of 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N and the monitoring 
plan for rental properties and cooperatives (when applicable) according 
to Sec.  1944.689 of 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N;
    (13) The source and estimated amount of other financial resources 
to be obtained and used by the applicant for both HPG activities and 
housing development and/or supporting activities;
    (14) The use of program income, if any, and the tracking system 
used for monitoring same;
    (15) The applicant's plan for disposition of any security 
instruments held by them as a result of its HPG activities in the event 
of its loss of legal status;
    (16) Any other information necessary to explain the proposed HPG 
program; and
    (17) The outreach efforts outlined in Sec.  1944.671(b) of 7 CFR 
part 1944, subpart N.
    (b) Complete information about the applicant's experience and 
capacity to carry out the objectives of the proposed HPG program.
    (c) Evidence of the applicant's legal existence, including, in the 
case of a private non-profit organization, which may include, but not 
be limited to, faith-based and community organizations, a copy of, or 
an accurate reference to, the specific provisions of State law under 
which the applicant is organized; a certified copy of the applicant's 
Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws or other evidence of corporate 
existence; certificate of incorporation for other than public bodies; 
evidence of good standing from the State when the corporation has been 
in existence 1 year or more; and the names and addresses of the 
applicant's members, directors and officers. If other organizations are 
members of the applicant-organization, or the applicant is a 
consortium, pre-applications should be accompanied by the names, 
addresses, and principal purpose of the other organizations. If the 
applicant is a consortium, documentation showing compliance with 
paragraph (4)(ii) under the definition of ``organization'' in Sec.  
1944.656 of 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N must also be included.
    (d) For a private non-profit entity, which may include, but not be 
limited to, faith-based and community organizations, the most recent 
audited statement and a current financial statement dated and signed by 
an authorized officer of the entity showing the amounts and specific 
nature of assets and liabilities together with information on the 
repayment schedule and status of any debt(s) owed by the applicant.
    (e) A brief narrative statement which includes information about 
the area to be served and the need for improved housing (including both 
percentage and the actual number of both low-income and low-income 
minority households and substandard housing), the need for the type of 
housing preservation assistance being proposed, the anticipated use of 
HPG resources for historic properties, the method of evaluation to be 
used by the applicant in determining the effectiveness of its efforts.
    (f) Applicant must submit an original and one copy of Form RD 1940-
20, ``Request for Environmental Information,'' prepared in accordance 
with Exhibit F-1 of RD Instruction 1944-N (available in any Rural 
Development State Office).
    (g) Applicant must also submit a description of its process for:
    (1) Identifying and rehabilitating properties listed on or eligible 
for listing on the National Register of Historic Places;

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    (2) Identifying properties that are located in a floodplain or 
    (3) Identifying properties located within the Coastal Barrier 
Resources System; and
    (4) Coordinating with other public and private organizations and 
programs that provide assistance in the rehabilitation of historic 
properties (Stipulation I, D, of the PMOA, RD Instruction 2000-FF, 
available in any Rural Development State Office).
    (h) The applicant must also submit evidence of the State Historic 
Preservation Office's, also known as SHPO, concurrence in the proposal, 
or in the event of nonconcurrence, a copy of SHPO's comments together 
with evidence that the applicant has received the Advisory Council on 
Historic Preservation's advice as to how the disagreement might be 
resolved, and a copy of any advice provided by the Council.
    (i) The applicant must submit written statements and related 
correspondence reflecting compliance with Sec.  1944.674(a) and (c) of 
7 CFR part 1944, subpart N regarding consultation with local government 
leaders in the preparation of its program and the consultation with 
local and state government pursuant to the provisions of Executive 
Order 12372.
    (j) The applicant is to make its statement of activities available 
to the public for comment prior to submission to Rural Development 
pursuant to Sec.  1944.674(b) of 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N. The 
application must contain a description of how the comments (if any were 
received) were addressed.
    (k) The applicant must submit an original and one copy of Form RD 
400-1, ``Equal Opportunity Agreement,'' and Form RD 400-4, ``Assurance 
Agreement,'' in accordance with Sec.  1944.676 of 7 CFR part 1944, 
subpart N.
    Applicants should review 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N for a 
comprehensive list of all application requirements.

VI. Selection Criteria

    The Rural Development State Offices will utilize the following 
project selection criteria for applicants in accordance with Sec.  
1944.679 of 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N:
    (a) Providing a financially feasible program of housing 
preservation assistance. ``Financially feasible'' is defined as 
proposed assistance which will be affordable to the intended recipient 
or result in affordable housing for very low- and low-income persons.
    (b) Serving eligible rural areas with a concentration of 
substandard housing for households with very low- and low-income.
    (c) Being an eligible applicant as defined in Sec.  1944.658 of 7 
CFR part 1944, subpart N.
    (d) Meeting the requirements of consultation and public comment in 
accordance with Sec.  1944.674 of 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N.
    (e) Submitting a complete preapplication as outlined in Sec.  
1944.676 of 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N.
    For applicants meeting all of the requirements listed above, the 
Rural Development State Offices will use weighted criteria in 
accordance with 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N as selection for the grant 
recipients. Each preapplication and its accompanying statement of 
activities will be evaluated and, based solely on the information 
contained in the preapplication, the applicant's proposal will be 
numerically rated on each criteria within the range provided. The 
highest-ranking applicant(s) will be selected based on allocation of 
funds available to the state.
    (a) Points are awarded based on the percentage of very low-income 
persons that the applicant proposes to assist, using the following 

(1) More than 80%: 20 points
(2) 61% to 80%: 15 points
(3) 41% to 60%: 10 points
(4) 20% to 40%: 5 points
(5) Less than 20%: 0 points

    (b) The applicant's proposal may be expected to result in the 
following percentage of HPG fund use (excluding administrative costs) 
to total cost of unit preservation. This percentage reflects maximum 
repair or rehabilitation with the least possible HPG funds due to 
leveraging, innovative financial assistance, owner's contribution or 
other specified approaches. Points are awarded based on the following 
percentage of HPG funds (excluding administrative costs) to total 

(1) 50% or less: 20 points
(2) 51% to 65%: 15 points
(3) 66% to 80%: 10 points
(4) 81% to 95%: 5 points
(5) 96% to 100%: 0 points

    (c) The applicant has demonstrated its administrative capacity in 
assisting very low- and low-income persons to obtain adequate housing 
based on the following:
    (1) The organization or a member of its staff has at least one or 
more years experience successfully managing and operating a 
rehabilitation or weatherization type program: 10 points.
    (2) The organization or a member of its staff has at least one or 
more years experience successfully managing and operating a program 
assisting very low- and low-income persons obtain housing assistance: 
10 points.
    (3) If the organization has administered grant programs, there are 
no outstanding or unresolved audit or investigative findings which 
might impair carrying out the proposal: 10 points.
    (d) The proposed program will be undertaken entirely in rural areas 
outside Metropolitan Statistical Areas, also known as MSAs, identified 
by Rural Development as having populations below 10,000 or in remote 
parts of other rural areas (i.e., rural areas contained in MSAs with 
less than 5,000 population) as defined in Sec.  1944.656 of 7 CFR part 
1944, subpart N: 10 points.
    (e) The program will use less than 20 percent of HPG funds for 
administration purposes:

(1) More than 20%: Not eligible
(2) 20%: 0 points
(3) 19%: 1 point
(4) 18%: 2 points
(5) 17%: 3 points
(6) 16%: 4 points
(7) 15% or less: 5 points

    (f) The proposed program contains a component for alleviating 
overcrowding as defined in Sec.  1944.656 of 7 CFR part 1944, subpart 
N: 5 points.
    (g) The proposal contains a component for improving the energy 
efficiency of units rehabilitated. Points will be awarded based on the 
percentage cost related to energy efficiency to total cost of unit 
preservation (excluding administrative costs). Energy efficiency items 
include ENERGY STAR compliance, more efficient heating, ventilation and 
air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, more efficient windows, additional 
attic insulation, and using green renewable materials.

(1) 25 to 100%: 20 points
(2) 15 to 25%: 10 points
(3) 10 to 15%: 5 points

    (h) Applicants requesting grants to be used to repair and or 
rehabilitate Section 515 Rural Rental Housing: 5 points.
    In the event more than one preapplication receives the same amount 
of points, those preapplications will then be ranked based on the 
actual percentage figure used for determining the points. Further, in 
the event that preapplications are still tied, then those 
preapplications still tied will be ranked based on the percentage for 
HPG fund use (low to high). Further, for applications where assistance 
to rental properties or cooperatives is proposed, those still tied will 
be further ranked based on the number of years the units are available 
for occupancy under the program (a minimum of 5 years is

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required). For this part, ranking will be based from most to least 
number of years.
    Finally, if there is still a tie, then a lottery system will be 

VII. Non-Discrimination Statement

    USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on 
the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where 
applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, 
religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, 
reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived 
from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to 
all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means 
for communication of program information (Braille, large print, 
audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 
(voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, 
Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), (202) 720-
6382 (TDD). ``USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and 

    Dated: May 1, 2009.
James C. Alsop,
Acting Administrator, Rural Housing Service.
[FR Doc. E9-10645 Filed 5-8-09; 8:45 am]