42 U.S. Code § 1486 - Financial assistance to provide low-rent housing for domestic farm labor
(a) Application; considerations
Upon the application of any State or political subdivision thereof, or any Indian tribe, or any broad-based public or private nonprofit organization incorporated within the State, or any nonprofit organization of farmworkers incorporated within the State, the Secretary is authorized to provide financial assistance for the provision of low-rent housing and related facilities (which may be located any place within the State) for domestic farm labor, if he finds that—
(1) the housing and related facilities for which financial assistance is requested will fulfill a pressing need in the area in which such housing and facilities will be located, and there is reasonable doubt that the same can be provided without financial assistance under this section;
(2) the applicant will contribute, from its own resources or from funds borrowed under section 1484 of this title or elsewhere, at least 10 per centum of the total development cost;
(3) the types of housing and related facilities to be provided are most practicable, giving due consideration to the purposes to be served thereby and the needs of the occupants thereof, and such housing and facilities shall be durable and suitable for year-around occupancy or use, unless the Secretary finds that there is no need for such year-around occupancy or use in that area; and
(b) Maximum amount of assistance
The amount of any financial assistance provided under this section for low-rent housing and related facilities shall not exceed 90 per centum of the total development cost thereof, as determined by the Secretary, less such amount as the Secretary determines can be practicably obtained from other sources (including a loan under section 1484 of this title).
(c) Prerequisite agreements; rentals; safety and sanitation standards; priority of domestic farm labor
No financial assistance for low-rent housing and related facilities shall be made available under this section unless, to any extent and for any periods required by the Secretary, the applicant agrees—
(1) that the rentals charged domestic farm labor shall not exceed such amounts as may be approved by the Secretary, giving due consideration to the income and earning capacity of the tenants, and the necessary costs of operating and maintaining such housing;
(2) that such housing shall be maintained at all times in a safe and sanitary condition in accordance with such standards as may be prescribed by State or local law, or, in the absence of such standards, in accordance with such minimum requirements as the Secretary shall prescribe; and
(d) Payments; contracts to specify uses of housing
The Secretary may make payments pursuant to any contract for financial assistance under this section at such times and in such manner, as may be specified in the contract. In each contract, the Secretary shall include such covenants, conditions, or provisions as he deems necessary to insure that the housing and related facilities, for which financial assistance is made available, be used only in conformity with the provisions of this section.
(e) Regulations for prevention of waste
The Secretary shall prescribe regulations to insure that Federal funds expended under this section are not wasted or dissipated. The Secretary shall not give priority for funding under this section to any one of the groups listed in subsection (a) of this section over any of the others so listed.
(f) Wages; labor standards; waiver; authority and functions of Secretary
All laborers and mechanics employed by contractors or subcontractors on projects assisted by the Secretary which are undertaken by approved applicants under this section shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on similar construction in the locality, as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with sections 3141–3144, 3146, and 3147 of title 40. The Secretary shall not extend any financial assistance under this section for any project without first obtaining adequate assurance that these labor standards will be maintained on the construction work; except that compliance with such standards may be waived by the Secretary in cases or classes of cases where laborers or mechanics, not otherwise employed at any time on the project, voluntarily donate their services without compensation for the purpose of lowering the costs of construction and the Secretary determines that any amounts thereby saved are fully credited to the person, corporation, association, organization, or other entity, undertaking the project. The Secretary of Labor shall have, with respect to the labor standards specified in this section, the authority and functions set forth in Reorganization Plan Numbered 14 of 1950 (15 F.R. 3176; 64 Stat. 1267), and section 3145 of title 40.
As used in this section—
(1) the term “low-rent housing” means rental housing within the financial reach of families of low income consisting of
(A) new structures (including household furnishings) suitable for dwelling use by domestic farm labor, and
(B) existing structures (including household furnishings) which can be made suitable for dwelling use by domestic farm labor by rehabilitation, alteration, conversion, or improvement;
(2) the terms “related facilities” and “domestic farm labor” shall have the meaning assigned to them in section 1484 (f) of this title;
(3) the term “development cost” shall have the meaning assigned to it in section 1485 (d)(4)  of this title; and
(h) Migrant farmworker housing
Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a)(3) of this section, the Secretary may, upon a finding of persistent need for migrant farmworker housing in any area, provide assistance to eligible applicants for 90 per centum of the development costs of such housing in such area to be used solely by migrant farmworkers while they are away from their residence. Such housing shall be constructed in such a manner as to be safe and weatherproof for the time it is to be occupied, be equipped with potable water and modern sanitation facilities (including a kitchen sink, toilet, and bathing facilities), and meet such other requirements as the Secretary may prescribe.
(i) Farm labor housing
The Secretary shall utilize not more than 10 per centum of the amounts available for any fiscal year for purposes of this section for financial assistance to eligible private and public nonprofit agencies to encourage the development of domestic and migrant farm labor housing projects under this subchapter.
(j) Domestic farm labor housing available for other families
Housing and related facilities constructed with grants under this section may be used for tenants eligible for occupancy under section 1485 of this title if the Secretary determines that—
(k) Housing for rural homeless and migrant farmworkers
(1) In general
The Secretary may provide financial assistance for providing affordable rental housing and related facilities for migrant farmworkers and homeless individuals (and the families of such individuals) to applicants as provided in this subsection.
(2) Types of assistance
(A) In general
The Secretary may provide the following assistance for housing under this subsection:
(i) An advance, in an amount not to exceed $400,000, of the cost of acquisition, substantial rehabilitation, or acquisition and rehabilitation of an existing structure or construction of a new structure for use in the provision of housing under this subsection. The repayment of any outstanding debt owed on a loan made to purchase an existing structure shall be considered to be a cost of acquisition eligible for an advance under this subparagraph if the structure was not used for the purposes under this subsection prior to the receipt of assistance.
(ii) A grant, in an amount not to exceed $400,000, for moderate rehabilitation of an existing structure for use in the provision of housing under this subsection.
(B) Available assistance
A recipient may receive assistance under both clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A). The Secretary may increase the limit contained in such clauses to $800,000 in areas which the Secretary finds have high acquisition and rehabilitation costs.
(C) Repayment of advance
Any advance provided under subparagraph (A)(i) shall be repaid on such terms as may be prescribed by the Secretary when the project ceases to be used as housing in accordance with the provisions of this subsection. Recipients shall be required to repay 100 percent of the advance if the housing is used for purposes under this subsection for fewer than 10 years following initial occupancy. If the housing is used for such purposes for more than 10 years, the percentage of the amount that shall be required to be repaid shall be reduced by 10 percentage points for each year in excess of 10 that the property is so used.
(D) Prevention of undue benefits
Upon any sale or other disposition of housing acquired or rehabilitated with assistance under this subsection prior to the close of 20 years after the housing is placed in service, other than a sale or other disposition resulting in the use of the project for the direct benefit of low income persons or where all of the proceeds are used to provide housing for migrant farmworkers and homeless individuals (and the families of such individuals), the recipient shall comply with such terms and conditions as the Secretary may prescribe to prevent the recipient from unduly benefiting from the sale or other disposition of the project.
(3) Program requirements
(i) Applications for assistance under this subsection shall be submitted by an applicant in such form and in accordance with such procedures as the Secretary shall establish.
(ii) The Secretary shall require that applications contain at a minimum
(III) a description of any public and private resources that are expected to be made available in connection with the housing,
(IV) a description of the housing needs for migrant farmworkers and homeless individuals (and the families of such individuals) in the area to be served by the housing, and
(V) assurances satisfactory to the Secretary that the housing assisted will be operated for not less than 10 years for the purpose specified in the application.
(iii) The Secretary shall require that an application furnish reasonable assurances that the housing will be available for occupancy by homeless individuals (and the families of such individuals) only on an emergency and temporary basis during the offseason and shall be otherwise available for occupancy by migrant farmworkers (and their families).
(iv) The Secretary shall require that an application furnish reasonable assurances that the applicant will own or have control of a site for the proposed housing not later than 6 months after notification of an award for grant assistance. An applicant may obtain ownership or control of a suitable site different from the site specified in the application. If an applicant fails to obtain ownership or control of the site within 1 year after notification of an award for grant assistance, the grant shall be recaptured and reallocated.
(B) Selection criteria
The Secretary shall establish selection criteria for a national competition for assistance under this subsection, which shall include—
(v) the extent to which the project would meet the needs of migrant farmworkers and homeless individuals (and the families of such individuals) in the State;
(C) Required agreements
The Secretary may not approve assistance for any housing under this subsection unless the applicant agrees—
(i) to operate the proposed project as housing for migrant farmworkers and homeless individuals (and the families of such individuals) in compliance with the provisions of this subsection and the application approved by the Secretary;
Not later than 120 days after November 28, 1990, the Secretary shall by notice establish such requirements as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this subsection.
(B) Limitation on use of funds
No assistance received under this subsection (or any State or local government funds used to supplement such assistance) may be used to replace other public funds previously used, or designated for use, to assist homeless individuals (and the families of such individuals) or migrant farmworkers.
(5) Limitation on administrative expenses
No recipient may use more than 5 percent of an advance or grant received under this subsection for administrative purposes.
For purposes of this subsection:
(A) The term “applicant” means a State, political subdivision thereof, Indian tribe, any private nonprofit organization incorporated within the State that has applied for a grant under this subsection.
(B) The term “homeless individual” has the same meaning given the term under section 11302 of this title.
(C) The term “migrant farmworker”—
(i) means any person (and the family of such person) who
(I) receives a substantial portion of his or her income from primary production of agricultural or aquacultural commodities, the handling of such commodities in the unprocessed stage, or the processing of such commodities, without respect to the source of employment, and
(II) establishes residence in a location on a seasonal or temporary basis, in an attempt to receive an income as described in subclause (I); and
 See References in Text note below.
Source(July 15, 1949, ch. 338, title V, § 516, as added Pub. L. 88–560, title V, § 503(a),Sept. 2, 1964, 78 Stat. 796; amended Pub. L. 91–609, title VIII, § 801(c), (d),Dec. 31, 1970, 84 Stat. 1806; Pub. L. 95–557, title V, § 505,Oct. 31, 1978, 92 Stat. 2112; Pub. L. 96–153, title V, § 509,Dec. 21, 1979, 93 Stat. 1136; Pub. L. 96–399, title V, § 507(d),Oct. 8, 1980, 94 Stat. 1670; Pub. L. 98–181, title I[title V, § 513], Nov. 30, 1983, 97 Stat. 1247; Pub. L. 100–242, title III, § 305(b),Feb. 5, 1988, 101 Stat. 1895; Pub. L. 100–628, title X, § 1043(b),Nov. 7, 1988, 102 Stat. 3273; Pub. L. 101–625, title VII, § 714(a),Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 4292; Pub. L. 106–400, § 2,Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1675.)
References in Text
Reorganization Plan Numbered 14 of 1950, referred to in subsec. (f), is set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
Section 1485 (d)(4) of this title, referred to in subsec. (g)(3), was redesignated section 1485 (e)(4) of this title by Pub. L. 100–242, title II, § 242(1),Feb. 5, 1988, 101 Stat. 1890.
In subsec. (f), “sections 3141–3144, 3146, and 3147 of title 40” substituted for “the Davis-Bacon Act, as amended (40 U.S.C. 276a—276a–5)” and “section 3145 of title 40” substituted for “section 2 of the Act of June 13, 1934, as amended (40 U.S.C. 276c)” on authority of Pub. L. 107–217, § 5(c),Aug. 21, 2002, 116 Stat. 1303, the first section of which enacted Title 40, Public Buildings, Property, and Works.
Subsec. (k)(6) of this section, which required the Secretary to submit an annual report to Congress summarizing the activities carried out under subsec. (k) and setting forth the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Secretary as a result of the activities, terminated, effective May 15, 2000, pursuant to section 3003 ofPub. L. 104–66, as amended, set out as a note under section 1113 of Title 31, Money and Finance. See, also, item 18 on page 103 of House Document No. 103–7.
2000—Subsec. (k)(7)(B). Pub. L. 106–400made technical amendment to reference in original act which appears in text as reference to section 11302 of this title.
1990—Subsec. (k). Pub. L. 101–625added subsec. (k).
1988—Subsec. (g)(4). Pub. L. 100–242added par. (4).
Subsec. (j). Pub. L. 100–628added subsec. (j).
1983—Subsec. (i). Pub. L. 98–181added subsec. (i).
1980—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 96–399inserted reference to Indian tribe in provisions preceding par. (1).
1979—Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 96–153added subsec. (h).
1978—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 95–557inserted “The Secretary shall not give priority for funding under this section to any one of the groups listed in subsection (a) of this section over any of the others so listed”.
1970—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 91–609, § 801(d)(1), authorized financial assistance for broad-based nonprofit organizations incorporated within the State and nonprofit organizations of farmworkers incorporated within the State and provided for low-rent housing and related facilities “(which may be located within the State)”.
Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 91–609, § 801(d)(2), substituted “10 per centum” for “one-third”.
Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 91–609, § 801(d)(3), inserted “, and such housing and facilities shall be durable and suitable for year-around occupancy or use, unless the Secretary finds that there is no need for such year-around occupancy or use in that area;”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 91–609, § 801(d)(4), substituted “90 per centum” for “two-thirds”.
Subsec. (g)(1). Pub. L. 91–609, § 801(c), substituted “structures (including household furnishings)” for “structures” in cls. (A) and (B).