Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program
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The National Low Income Housing Coalition is providing this data as a public service. NLIHC will continue to update the database. The accuracy of the data is based on information provided by the programs' administrators and user submissions.
The purpose of the Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program (JSJFWHG) is to finance the new construction, rehabilitation, and acquisition of owner-occupied and rental units for agricultural workers, with a priority for lower income households. Eligible activities are those incurring costs in the development of homeowner or rental housing for agricultural workers, including land acquisition, site development, construction, rehabilitation, design services, operating and replacement reserves, repayment of predevelopment loans, provision of access for the elderly or for persons with disabilities, relocation, homeowner counseling, and other reasonable and necessary costs. Eligible beneficiaries of the grants are households with at least one person who derives, or prior to retirement or disability derived, a substantial portion of their income from agricultural employment.
The program is state-funded through Proposition 1C State bond funds. Proposition 1C issued a $2.85 billion bond for affordable housing and infrastructure in 2006. Of this amount, $84 million went to the Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant program.