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H-2A Employers Gain Access to Section 514 Housing Loans
In the FY18 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1625 – generally referred to as the “Omni” or “Omnibus”), passed by Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2018, includes a provision permanently changing the statutory language governing the Section 514 farm labor housing loan program. Section 514 housing loans are administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) and offer low-interest loans (1% fixed interest rate) for periods up to 33 years, available to purchase or upgrade farm labor housing. Previously, employers of H-2A employees were specifically excluded from participating in the program, but this change adds permanent language to the statute expanding eligibility from U.S. citizens and green card holders to now cover housing for “a person legally admitted to the United States and authorized to work in agriculture.”
More information about the Section 514 program is available from USDA:
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