Guadalupe Economic Services Corporation (GESC) sought eligibility under the Public Assistance Program for repairs to houses that were part of its lease-to-buy program. GESC claimed that it was eligible for assistance because it provided essential governmental services. Regional staff denied the request because essential governmental services as defined in 44 CFR §206.221 were not being performed in the damaged houses. The houses were primary residences of people who aspired to purchase the properties. The Regional Director denied the first appeal for the same reason.
Is GESC an eligible applicant under the Public Assistance Program?