What You Need to Know to Access SHARES and E-Forms
- Overview: Self-Help Automated Reporting and Evaluation System (SHARES)
- Who Updates SHARES?
- Who to Contact for Help with SHARES
- Browser Requirements
- How to Register for a USDA eAuthentication Level 2 Account
- USDA Links to SHARES and E-Forms
OVERVIEW: SELF-HELP AUTOMATED REPORTING AND EVALUATION SYSTEM (SHARES)
SHARES is a web-based software application provided by USDA, Rural Development to manage, track, and evaluate the status of grants in the Self-Help Housing Section 523 Grant Program. It also really helps Rural Development keep track of the total stats for the program nationwide, which in turn, helps advocate for federal funding. So please, do your best to keep it up to date! USDA, RD makes your SHARES data available to all parties who provide assistance to this program.
This information page is to assist Self-Help Housing grantees to access SHARES and E-Forms. Be sure to check this page periodically for updates or additional information. Please contact your Self-Help Specialist to request additional topics for this information page.
WHO UPDATES SHARES?
When a new grantee first gets approved, the regional contractor sends a request to RD to add a new grantee into SHARES. When RD confirms the new grantee is added, the regional contractor adds the grant into SHARES and notifies the grantee that their grant is available for updating. We ask all grantees to have their SHARES information updated by the 5th of each month. This will ensure the numbers are accurately included in the monthly reports sent to RD. Any grantees doing Purchase/Repair, should at a minimum, input their 502 loan information in SHARES.
WHO TO CONTACT FOR HELP WITH eAUTH OR SHARES
Phyllis Rosica, Region III Self-Help Program Analyst
Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) is the USDA recommended browser for accessing both SHARES and E-Forms. If you are using an earlier version of Internet Explorer than IE 11, you need to update to IE 11.
(NOTE: USDA tech support recommends avoiding using Chrome for either SHARES or E-Forms. If you experience problems using Chrome, switching to IE 11 usually resolves any issues.)
Make sure usda.gov is added to your Compatibility View Settings in IE 11. Click on this link to view or download instructions: How to-set up IE 11 Compatibility View settings
HOW TO REGISTER FOR A USDA eAUTHENTICATION LEVEL 2 ACCOUNT
A USDA Level 2 eAuthentication account is required to access SHARES or E-Forms. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to visit the USDA account registration page to create one. Enter all required information and respond to any questions to complete your Level 2 account registration. Once you have registered, your eAuth account is ready to access SHARES or E-Forms. RD has updated this process to be completed entirely online.
Use this link to navigate to the USDA account registration page to create your eAuthentication account:
Use these links to login to SHARES or E-Forms:
(NOTE: Remember to save these links as Favorites in IE 11)
E-Forms login page:
Shares login page: