Farm Worker Housing Loan Funds Available in New York
February 12, 2018
Farm Credit East is currently accepting applications for farm worker housing construction and improvement loans from the New York State Farm Worker Housing (FWH) Loan Program. These loans are available to New York agricultural producers, including fruit, vegetable, greenhouse and nursery, equine, and dairy operations.
“The New York State Farm Worker Housing loan program has been a tremendous tool for farms seeking to build or improve housing for their farm laborers,” said Mike Haycook, Farm Credit East vice president and coordinator of the NYS FWH program.
The FWH loan program is administered by Farm Credit East in partnership with New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), and provides no-interest loans to help finance improvement of existing housing or the construction/purchase of new housing for farm workers.
The program is administered as a revolving loan fund, with loan repayments made by the borrowers applied to the balance of available funds. Applicants must demonstrate the need to improve seasonal or year-round farm worker housing, which they own or operate, in order for the housing to comply with the applicable state building and health codes or to construct new seasonal or year-round farm worker housing. The funds cannot be used for housing for the farm owner’s family.
Agricultural producers may apply to borrow up to $100,000 per year for farm worker housing projects. An upfront, one-time fee is applied to cover administrative costs. There are no other fees or interest applied for the term of the loan. The loans are repaid in equal, annual payments of principal. The term of the loan may not exceed ten years.
To apply for a loan, contact your local Farm Credit East office. You can also click here to view a video, featuring Mike Haycook, to learn more about this program. Agricultural producers may apply at any time; however, funds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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Contact: Kristie Matuszewski