The Orange County Farmworker Housing Rehabilitation Program is made available through annual grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under this program, applicant farmers who are owners of rental housing which is occupied by low-income farmworkers (less than 80% of the County Median) are offered 0% deferred loans in order to repair and upgrade their units of farmworker housing. The properties must be used as residences for seasonal or year-round farmworkers at rental rates that do not exceed 30% of the farmworkers household income. The owner must agree to make the assisted units available for this purpose for a period of 5-20 years. The County will provide a grant for a maximum of 75% of the total cost of the project while the owner must provide a cash match of a minimum of 25% of the total cost. This is a once-a-year funding cycle with an application available in the first quarter of each calendar year.
Eligible work includes removal of health code and building code violations, new roofs, windows, heating, plumbing, replacement of manufactured housing, and other construction repairs.