Housing response funds are available to agricultural producers to provide safe housing options for farmworkers. $10 million is available for producers to be reimbursed for hotel/motels for farmworkers and for alternative on-site housing assistance based on the needs of the producer’s specific operation.
Producers will be responsible for securing hotels/motels or alternative on-site housing. Producers can begin applying for funds starting June 10, 2020.
The Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program provides three opportunities for housing assistance in order for producers to provide safe housing to farmworkers who would have traditionally had access to employer-provided housing. Housing assistance is available for the difference between traditional on-farm occupancy and temporary occupancy.
Temporary Modifications to On-Farm Housing
Materials and supplies purchased by a producer on or after March 27, 2020 to complete temporary modifications to on-farm housing, including existing or temporary housing, are eligible for a one-time payment of up to $100/occupancy unit provided with modifications that are necessary to comply with OR-OSHA’s temporary rules. Use of a hotel/motel is not considered a modification.
Temporary On-Farm Alternative Housing
Producers who rent or otherwise secure temporary on-farm alternative housing (e.g., modular office units, trailers, RVs, tents, etc.) on or after May 11, 2020 can receive assistance for up to $350/month per occupancy unit provided by a temporary option, based upon receipts. This includes portable toilets and portable handwashing stations (i.e. portable sanitation units) needed to comply with OR-OSHA’s temporary housing rules.
Producers who secure hotel/motel housing for workers on or after May 11, 2020 can receive assistance up to the standard government rates to comply with the reduced occupancy levels in OR-OSHA’s temporary rules.
To be eligible for grant funds under the program, an applicant must be:
- An agricultural producer to which OR-OSHA temporary rule 437-001-0749 applies. An agricultural producer includes an person who leases, rents, manages as a full service management company, or owns Oregon land, whether the land is publicly-owner, privately-owned, or Tribal land, on which crops are cultivated or livestock is raised; and
- Registered to do business and in good standing with the Oregon Secretary of State.
In addition, to be eligible for housing assistance under this program, and applicant must:
- Exhaust/maximize their traditional on-farm occupancy under the OR-OSHA temporary rules; and,
- Maintain OR-OSHA compliance.
Costs associated with temporary, on-site alternative housing or hotel/motel to provide safe housing to farmworkers in order to comply with the reduced occupancy requirements under OR-OSHA’s temporary rules. Example of calculating eligible costs:
EXAMPLE: A producer has a traditional OR-OSHA occupancy rate for 15 beds. Under the temporary OR-OSHA rules, the occupancy rate has been reduced by 5 beds. The producer hires and intends to house 15 farmworkers and rents a mobile office trailer unit to house the 5 displaced workers and retain the OR-OSHA registration of 15. The producer also needs one additional portable sanitation unit as required under the temporary rules. The producer is eligible for:
- A one-time payment of up to $100 for modifications for each occupancy provided, not to exceed OR-OSHA registered occupancy;
- A monthly payment of up to $350 for each temporary housing occupancy unit and associated portable sanitation provided.
This equates to a maximum reimbursable amount of up to:
$1,500 one-time modification payment ($100 modification/occupancy x 15 occupancies provided = $1,500), or
$1,750 monthly payment ($350/occupancy x 5 occupancies and associated portable sanitation provided x 1 month = $1,750)
Program Funding Limitation
The Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program funding has a maximum benefit of $20,000 in combined housing and field sanitation assistance and $1,000 in transportation assistance to any individual producer applying for assistance throughout the 2020 harvest season. Producers that have costs in excess of $21,000 may also submit documentation of those excess costs. If any program funds remain at the end of the harvest season in October, additional payments may be equitably distributed to producers.
How and When to Apply
Applications will be accepted beginning June 10, 2020 and will be processed in the order received. Financial assistance will be available for eligible costs incurred on or after May 11, 2020. It is anticipated that the Food Security and Farmworker Safety housing assistance will be available through October 25, 2020.
financial assistance application can be submitted via email to
FSFSapplication@oregon.gov or via fax to 503-986-0199. If you are unable to access the application online, please call 503-986-0058 to request that an application be faxed to you.
Applicants should be prepared to provide the following information with their application:
Application If you are applying for Field Sanitation and/or Transportation along with Housing assistance, please fill out only one applica.
Solicitud de asistencia financiera