Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant (JSJFWHG) Program
Finance the new construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of owner-occupied and rental units for agricultural workers, with a priority for lower income households.
Grants and loans to assist development or rehabilitation of various types of housing projects for agricultural worker households. A match of at least 100 percent is required for the primary JSJFWHG program.
Homeowner Grants: For rehabilitation or new home construction: Lien restrictions are required for twenty years. If the unit is sold to a nonfarmworker buyer before completing the tenth year, the full grant amount must be repaid under most circumstances. Between the 10th and 20thanniversaries, the grant is forgiven at a rate of 10 percent per completed year; it is fully forgiven after completing 20 years.
Rental Construction Grants or Loans: Lien restrictions for assisted units are required for 40 years. If assisted units are sold for uses other than farmworker housing before the 40th year, under most circumstances, the grant must be repaid in full. Loans may be made in conjunction with low-income tax credit financing only.
Rental Rehabilitation Grants or Loans: Lien restrictions for assisted units are required for 20 years. If assisted units are sold for uses other than farmworker housing before the 20th year the grant must be repaid in full, under most circumstances. Loans may be made in conjunction with low-income tax credit financing only.
Activities 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 disabled, relocation, homeowner counseling, and other reasonable and necessary costs.
Local government agencies, nonprofit corporations, cooperative housing corporations, limited partnerships where all the general partners are nonprofit mutual or public benefit corporations, and federally recognized Indian tribes. 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.
Applications are invited by issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) or a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), and are either received and reviewed on a continuous basis or rated and ranked on a competitive basis per the RFP or NOFA.
The Department from time to time will hold Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant (JSJFWHG) Program Workshops. Below you will find notification of any workshops being conducted.
- SERNA Mailing List
- Serna Loan Closing Documents
- Homeownership including Manufactured Housing and owner occupied rehabilitation – Single-Family Application – (Microsoft Word) or (Adobe PDF)
- All other rental projects new construction or rehabilitation – Universal Application – (Microsoft Excel)
- SERNA Application Attachments to be used with Universal Application – (Microsoft Excel)
- Program Statute and Regulations
- Market Study Requirements - See NOFA
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)