Rural communities face unique challenges when dealing with the affordable housing crisis. Because development does not generally occur at a large scales in rural areas, construction costs are often higher in rural communities compared to urban areas, which reduces the incentives for private investment. Additionally, a lack of access to credit in many rural areas limits funding for maintenance of existing units.

NLIHC works with our state and national partners to advocate for increased funding for USDA and HUD programs, particularly those that provide funding to non-profits that support the creation of affordable housing.

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July 15, 2019

House Committee Passes Bill to Preserve Affordable Rural Rental Housing

The House Financial Services Committee on July 11 unanimously passed the “Strategy and Investment in Rural Housing Preservation Act of 2019” (H.R. 3620), which aims to preserve affordable homes and avoid displacement in rural areas. The bill, introduced by Representative Lacy Clay (D-MO), would…

July 15, 2019

HUD Lists PHAs Interested in MTW Cohorts #1 and #2

Forty-four public housing agencies (PHAs) submitted letters indicating their interest in participating in the Moving to Work (MTW) so-called “rent reform” Cohort #2. Another 52 PHAs submitted letters of interest in participating in the “MTW flexibility” Cohort #1. HUD will now review the…

July 15, 2019

HUD Lists PHAs Interested in MTW Cohorts #1 and #2

Forty-four public housing agencies (PHAs) submitted letters indicating their interest in participating in the Moving to Work (MTW) so-called “rent reform” Cohort #2. Another 52 PHAs submitted letters of interest in participating in the “MTW flexibility” Cohort #1. HUD will now review the…

June 17, 2019

Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims to Support Manufactured Homes

Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tim Scott (R-SC), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced legislation on June 12 to support state and local governments that wish to include manufactured housing as an affordable housing solution when applying for federal funding. The “HUD…