In counties in which a disaster has been declared by the Governor pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code and for a period of 12 months after the declaration, the department may provide grants from the fund established by subdivision (b) of Section 50517.5, subject to the following terms and conditions, which are applicable only to this section:
(a) Grants may be made to local public entities, nonprofit corporations, and housing owners comprised of either homeowners who are agricultural employees or
owners of rental property used primarily by agricultural households.
(b) The department may enter into master agreements with nonprofit corporations or local public entities or it may enter into contracts directly with housing owners to carry out the activities authorized by this section.
(c) The department may make grants directly to housing owners or through master agreements for the cost of preparation of applications for funds, and supervision of expenditures from the fund, including, but not limited to estimates, work writeups, bidding supervision, and inspections. Funds granted pursuant to this subdivision shall not be secured by, and subject to, the liens required by Section 50517.5.
(d) The department, either directly or through master agreements, may provide grants to housing owners which shall be used
for housing rehabilitation or acquisition and rehabilitation, and related costs, other than those costs accruing pursuant to subdivision (c). Only those funds from the fund which are actually utilized pursuant to this subdivision shall be secured by, and subject to, the liens required by Section 50517.5.
(e) The department may waive the matching requirements of subdivision (c) of Section 50517.5.