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§ 1944.652 Policy. (Revised 06-12-97, SPECIAL PN.)
(a) The policy of RHS is to provide HPG's to grantees to operate a program which finances repair and rehabilitation activities to individual housing, rental properties, or co-ops for very low- and low-income persons. Individual housing that is owner occupied may qualify for replacement housing when it is determined by the grantee that the housing is not economically feasible for repair or rehabilitation. Grantees are expected to:
(1) Coordinate and leverage funding for repair and rehabilitation activities, as well as replacement, with housing and community development organizations or activities operating in the same geographic area; and
(2) Focus the program on rural areas and smaller communities so that it serves very low- and low-income persons.
(b) RHS intends to permit grantees considerable latitude in program design and administration. The forms or types of assistance must provide the greatest long term benefit to the greatest number of persons residing in individual housing, rental properties, or co-ops needing repair and rehabilitation or replacement of individual housing.
(c) Repairs and rehabilitation or replacement activities affecting properties on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places will be accomplished in a manner that supports national historic preservation objectives as specified in § 1944.673 of this subpart.
§ 1944.653 Objective.
The objective of the HPG program is to repair or rehabilitate individual housing, rental properties, or co-ops owned and/or occupied by very low- and low-income rural persons. Grantees will provide eligible homeowners, owners of rental properties, and owners of co-ops with financial assistance through loans, grants, interest reduction payments or other comparable financial assistance for necessary repairs and rehabilitation. Further, individual housing that is owner occupied may qualify for replacement housing when it is determined by the grantee that the housing is not economically feasible for repair or rehabilitation, except as specified in § 1944.659 of this subpart. (Revised 06-12-97, SPECIAL PN.)
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§ 1944.654 Debarment and suspension -- drug-free workplace.
(a) For purposes of this subpart, Exhibit A of RD Instruction 1940-M requires all RHS applicants for an HPG to sign and submit with their preapplication, Form AD-1047, "Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions," which basically states that the applicant has not been debarred or suspended from Government assistance. Further, all grantees after receiving a HPG must obtain a signed certification (Form AD-1048, "Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion - Lower Tier Covered Transactions") from all persons or entities (excluding homeowner recipients) that the grantee does business with as a result of the HPG. Grantees are responsible for informing these persons or entities of the provisions of Exhibit A of RD Instruction 1940-M and of maintaining Form AD-1048 in the grantee's office.
(b) Grantees must also be made aware of the Drug-free Workplace Act of 1988 requirements found in Exhibit A of RD Instruction 1940-M. For this subpart, a grantee is defined as any organization who applies for or receives a direct grant from RHS. All preapplications must include a signed Form AD-1049, "Certification Regarding Drug-free Workplace Requirements (Grants) Alternative I - Grantees Other Than Individuals."
§ 1944.655 [Reserved] (Revised 06-12-97, SPECIAL PN.)
§ 1944.656 Definitions.
References in this subpart to District, State, National and Finance Offices, and to District Director, State Director, and Administrator refer to Rural Development offices and officials and should be read as prefaced by Rural Development. Terms used in this subpart have the following meanings:
Adjusted income. As defined in 7 CFR 3550.54 (c). (Added 06-12-97, SPECIAL PN.)
Applicant or grantee. Any eligible organization which applies for or receives HPG funds under a grant agreement.
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§ 1944.656 (Con.)
Cooperative (co-op). For the purposes of the HPG program, a cooperative (co-op) is one which:
(1) Is a corporation organized as a consumer cooperative;
(2) Will operate the housing on a nonprofit basis solely for the benefit of the occupants; and
(3) Is legally precluded from distributing, for a minimum period of 5 years from the date of HPG assistance from the grantee, any gains or profits from operation of the co-op. For this purpose, any patronage refunds to occupants of the co-op would not be considered gains or profits. A co-op may accept non-members as well as members for occupancy in the project.
Grant agreement. The contract between RHS and the grantee which sets forth the terms and conditions under which HPG funds will be made available. (See Exhibit A of this subpart.)
Homeowner. For the purposes of the HPG program, a homeowner is one who can meet the conditions of income and ownership under § 1944.661 of this subpart.
Household. For the purposes of the HPG program, a household is defined as all persons living all or part of the next 12 months in a unit or dwelling assisted with HPG funds.
Housing preservation. The repair and rehabilitation activities that contribute to the health, safety, and well-being of the occupant, and contribute to the structural integrity or long-term preservation of the unit. As a result of these activities, the overall condition of the unit or dwelling must be raised to meet RHS Thermal Standards for existing structures adopted by the locality/jurisdiction and applicable development standards for existing housing recognized by RHS in subpart A of part 1924 or standards contained in any of the voluntary national model codes acceptable upon review by RHS. Properties included on or eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places are subject to the standards and conditions of § 1944.673 of this subpart. The term "housing preservation" does not apply to replacement housing. (Revised 12-19-07, PN 416.)
HPG. HPG means Housing Preservation Grant (see section 1944.652). (Added 06-12-97, SPECIAL PN.)