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Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 118 / Wednesday, June 20, 2007 / Notices


Bureau Web site, ‘‘American Fact Finder,’’ at factfinder.census.gov.

  • (1)

    25.1% or higher: 30 points.

  • (2)

    14.7% to 25.0%: A total of 2.86

points, rounded to the nearest whole number, for each percentage point above

    • 14.6


  • (3)

    14.6% or less: 0 points.

Example: According to Census 2000, the service area Poverty Rate is 18.0 percent. This is 3.4 points above the National Non- Metropolitan Area Average of 14.6 percent. This proposal would be scored with 10 points (3.4 × 2.86 = 9.7); and

(B) Measured by the degree of deficient housing, based on the combination of the countys percentage of housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities plus the percentage of housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities (referred to as deficient housing factor), as reported in Census 2000 SF 3 Report GCTH7, ‘‘Structural and Facility Characteristics of All Housing Units: 2000.’’ This information may be obtained on the Internet from the U.S. Census Bureau Web site, ‘‘American Fact Finder,’’ at factfinder.census.gov.

(1) Deficient housing factor 13.0 or greater: 30 points.

(2) Factor 5.1 to 13.0: A total of 3.75 points, rounded to the nearest whole number, for each point above 5.0.

(3) Factor 5.0 or lower: 0 points. Example: Of the total housing units in the service area, 5.0 percent lack complete plumbing and 4.5 percent lack complete kitchen facilities, according to Census 2000. Adding these two percentages provides a deficient housing indexof 9.5. This is 4.5 points above the National Non-Metropolitan Area Average of 5.0. This would result in a score of 17 points (9.5 ¥ 5.0 = 4.5 × 3.75 =

    • 16.875)


      • (C)

        For programs serving multi-county

areas, scoring will be determined based upon the combined totals for the counties entire service area. County data (not smaller areas) will be used for evaluation.

(v) The extent to which the program will make use of other financial and contribution- in-kind resources for both technical and supervisory assistance and housing development and supporting facilities. Scoring will be based on the amount of financial assistance from non-Federal sources compared to the applicants grant request for financial assistance for the project. The applicant will receive points as follows:

  • (A)

    525%5 points

  • (B)

    Greater than 25% but equal to or less

than 50%10 points

  • (C)

    Greater than 50%15 points

  • (vi)

    The extent to which the project will be

cost effective. The cost, both direct and indirect, per person benefiting from the program will be measured by the proposed total number of low-income participants who obtain suitable housing within the period of the grant as a result of participation in the comprehensive TSA program, compared to the amount of the TSA grant. Scoring will be based on the TSA grant funds expended per participant who purchases suitable housing.

  • (A)

    $1,000 or less10 points

  • (B)

    Greater than $1,000 but equal to or less

than $1,5005 points

(C) More than $1,5000 points Example: The applicant organizations program of homebuyer training and loan packaging proposes to produce 60 homeowners during the two-year grant. Funding for the program includes a $75,000 TSA grant. The TSA cost per homeowner produced is $75,000 / 60 = $1,250. Therefore, 5 points would be given.

(vii) The extent to which the program is effective in providing expected benefits to low-income families. Measured by the proposed total number of low-income participants who obtain suitable housing within the period of the grant as a result of participation in the comprehensive TSA program. More than 25 but less than 50 new homeowners: 5 points, OR more than 50 new homeowners: 10 points.

(viii) The narrative statement demonstrates the need for the TSA program in the proposed area. This section should describe the area to be served and the need for improved housing, the need for the technical and supervisory assistance proposed, and the method of determining the proposed programs effectiveness. Up to 20 points may be assigned.

(ix) The services the applicant will provide are not presently available in the proposed service area to assist low-income families in obtaining or maintaining occupancy of adequate housing and the extent of duplication of technical and supervisory assistance activities currently provided for low-income families. Measured by comments received. Proposed services not duplicated in the area: 10 points.

(x) The extent of citizen and local government participation and involvement in the development of the preapplication and project and coordination with other Federal, State or local technical and/or supervisory assistance programs. Measured by letter(s) or similar documentation from local government officials, businesses and individuals detailing participation and coordination in the project by groups other than the applicant. Letters of support from local or State government entities stating the project is beneficial and non-duplicative: 5 points.

VI. Award Administration Information

Upon notification that the applicant has been tentatively selected for funding based on its preapplication, the State Office will notify the applicant and provide instructions for preparation of a formal application. The applicant will submit all completed forms required for a formal application and whatever additional needed information that is requested to the Area Office within 30

days. The Area Office will assemble a

formal application docket, which will

include the following: (1) Form SF424 and the information

submitted in accordance with 7 CFR

    • 1944.526

      (a)(2) (preapplication package);

  • (2)

    Any comments received in

accordance with 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review

of Department of Agriculture Programs and Activities.’’ See RD Instruction 1940J (available in any USDA Rural Development Office).

(3) OGC legal determination made pursuant to 7 CFR 1944.526(c)(3).

  • (4)

    Grant Agreement.

  • (5)

    Form RD 19401, ‘‘Request for

Obligation of Funds.’’

(6) Form RD 4001, ‘‘Equal Opportunity Agreement.’’

(7) Form RD 4004, ‘‘Nondiscrimination Agreement.’’

(8) Form AD1047, ‘‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility MattersPrimary Covered Transactions.’’

(9) Form AD1049, ‘‘Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (Grants), Alternative IFor Grantees Other Than Individuals.’’

(10) Form RD 194020, ‘‘Request for Environmental Information.’’

(11) Form RD 194022, ‘‘Environmental Checklist for Categorical Exclusions,’’ Form RD 194021, ‘‘Environmental Assessment for Class I Actions’’ or Exhibit G of 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G entitled, ‘‘Environmental Assessment for Class II Actions.’’

(12) The historical and archaeological assessment.

(13) The detailed budget for the agreement period based upon the needs outlined in the proposal and recommendations by USDA Rural Development.

(14) Verification of Debarment Listing check and Federal Debt Listing check.

(15) Form RD 200638, ‘‘Civil Rights Impact Analysis.’’

Reporting requirements. Form SF269, ‘‘Financial Status Report,’’ and a project performance report will be required of all grantees on a quarterly basis. All grantees shall submit an original and two copies of these reports to the Area Office. The project performance reports will be submitted not later than January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15 of each year.

As part of the grantees preapplication submission required by 7 CFR 1944.526(a)(2)(i), the grantee established the objectives of its TSA program including the estimated number of low- income families to be assisted by the TSA program and its method of evaluation to determine the effectiveness of its program. The project performance report should relate the activities during the report period to the projects objectives and analyze the effectiveness of the program. The grantee will complete a final Form SF269 and a final performance report upon termination or expiration of the grant agreement.

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