Housing Assistance: An Inventory of Fiscal Year 2010 Programs, Tax Expenditures, and Other Activities

U.S. Government Accountability Office

Section 523 Self-Help Housing

Administering Agency/Entity Department of Agriculture
Short Description Provides loans to nonprofit organizations to purchase and develop land. Housing on the bulding sites is to be built by the mutual self-help method (groups of low-income families helping build their own homes). Each family is expected to contribute at least 700 hours of labor in building homes for each other. Participating families generally have low incomes and are unable to pay for homes built by the contract method.
Primary Purpose Assistance for buying, selling, or financing a home
Type of Housing Supported Homeownership
Type of Assistance Direct loan
Fiscal Year 2010 Obligations None; no loans were made in fiscal year 2010.

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