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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USDA Releases Tenant Rights and Grievance Procedure Materials

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development mission, which oversees the Rural Housing Service, released two new resources to ensure tenants of USDA-financed rental properties benefit from fair housing practices. The first, a “Tenant Rights and Responsibilities” brochure, covers…