Registration For Stakeholder Assistance For USDA Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants Opening

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

SALEM, NJ. — US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Multi-Family Housing will host stakeholder listening sessions on the Off-Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance Grants program. Under this program, private and public nonprofit grantees provide technical assistance to organizations and groups qualified to apply for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing grants. 

Off-Farm Labor Housing projects are created to increase the amount of affordable housing available for farm laborers  According to the 

According to the USDA, for Section 514 and 516 programs, farm labor is considered “a service or services in connection with cultivating the soil or raising or harvesting any agriculture or aquaculture commodity; or in catching, netting, handling, planting, drying, packing, grading, storing, or preserving in the unprocessed stage, without respect to the source of employment (but not self-employed), any agriculture or aquaculture commodity; or delivering to storage, market, or a carrier for transportation to market or to processing any agricultural or aquacultural commodity in its unprocessed stage.”

Stakeholders will be invited to provide feedback to agency staff on the program and how technical assistance can expand opportunities for the development of Off-Farm Labor Housing.

Listening sessions will be held on Wednesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Participants may choose the session that is most convenient for their schedule. A meeting confirmation notice will be emailed to registrants.

To register, click on the following links: 

Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance Listening Session #1: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 @ 3:00PM to 4:00PM EDT

Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance Listening Session #2: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 2:00PM to 3:00PM EST

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