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Get this benefit for free by applying for the California Farmworker Housing Program

In the heart of California's sprawling agricultural landscapes, farmworkers toil tirelessly to bring fresh produce to our tables. These hardworking individuals, essential to our food supply chain, often face challenges in accessing safe and affordable housing. Recognizing this need, the California government established the California Farmworker Housing Program (CFHP). This initiative aims to provide farmworkers and their families with an opportunity to secure comfortable housing, fostering improved living conditions and enhanced well-being

The California Farmworker Housing Program: An Overview

The California Farmworker Housing Program was established to address the critical housing needs of agricultural workers throughout the state. The program is designed to provide financial assistance, resources, and support to farmworkers and their families, enabling them to access affordable housing options. By offering this benefit, the program aims to improve the overall quality of life for these individuals who play a vital role in the state's agricultural industry.

Get this benefit for free by applying for the California Farmworker Housing Program

California Farmworker Housing Program Program Benefits

The CFHP offers a range of benefits to eligible farmworkers and their families

Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

Eligibility criteria for the California Farmworker Housing Program may vary depending on the specific program and its funding sources. Typically, applicants must demonstrate that they are engaged in agricultural work, such as planting, harvesting, or packing crops, and meet income requirements. The application process typically involves submitting necessary documentation, such as proof of income and employment in the agricultural sector.

National Farmworker Jobs Program


To apply for the program, interested individuals should

Farmworker Housing

California is the largest producer of agricultural goods in the country, and is one of the largest agricultural producing regions in the world. Farmworkers play a key role in the operation and delivery of the state’s food system. Despite this, farmworkers face a number of economic disadvantages compared to California’s population as a whole

Farmworkers tend to have low incomes; higher risk of living in poverty; and limited access to safe, healthy, and affordable housing choices.  Although it is difficult to determine the number of farmworkers (both migratory and permanent), estimates range from. 391,700 to 802,662 depending on the source.

Characteristics of the farmworker population have changed during the past two decades. There has been a decrease in the number of single farmworkers. In 1990, 41 percent of farmworkers lived alone. In 2012, 75 percent of farmworkers worked alongside or lived with family members.


In addition to policy work on farmworker housing, HCD administers the following programs

HCD also operates California's Office of Migrant Services (OMS) in order to provide safe, stable, and affordable rental housing during the peak harvest season for migrant farmworkers and their families. In 2015-16, HCD administered funding that created or rehabilitated 1,880 migrant farmworker rental homes, which are operated during harvest season.

California's 2015-16 Budget Act provided $3.5 million in General Fund appropriation, which combined with $6.7 million of remaining Proposition 1C funds, allowed for $10.2 million in facility improvements in a number of the 24 existing OMS housing centers. HCD allocated these funds to rehabilitate wastewater systems at several of the these housing centers.

Office of Migrant Services – Water Conservation Grant: As part of the Drought State of Emergency declared January 17, 2014, Governor Brown charged the California Department of General Services (DGS) with "immediate implementation of water reduction plans for all state facilities." DGS made $513,155 available for OMS centers as part of an interagency agreement with HCD. HCD subsequently increased each OMS center's operating budget to fund water improvements such as water-efficient showerheads and toilets.

Eligible Activities California Farmworker Housing Program

Homeownership Development Project, Technical Assistance for Self-Help Housing Projects, First-Time Homebuyer Assistance, Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Assistance, and Acquisition of Manufactured Housing. 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.

Eligible Applicants Farmworker Housing Program

To be eligible to apply for funding, the Applicant shall be a Local Public Entity, Local Public Agency, Tribal Entity, Nonprofit Corporation, Limited Liability Company, or Limited Partnership 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.

(Multifamily/Rental) Eligible beneficiaries of the funds are households who derive, or prior to retirement or disability derived, 50% or more of the combined household income from agricultural employment.

Loan Closing Documents

Check the list for Publications and Loan Documents pertaining to all NOFAs. See also Management Memos pertaining to the program. Check the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) under which your loan was funded for additional information. Important Notice: The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is providing the following sample loan documents for general information purposes only. The Department reserves the right to make changes to its documents at any time prior to the closing of an individual loan. Final loan documents will be modified to reflect the specific terms and conditions applicable to the particular loan and property.