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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Housing Assistance Council Releases Latest Edition of Taking Stock Report

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) released in November the fifth edition of its Taking Stock report. HAC publishes the report every decade following the release of data from the Decennial Census in order to provide a comprehensive overview of trends in rural housing around the country. The…

NLIHC Joins Letter with NHLP in Support of Rural Housing Decoupling

NLIHC joined the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) in submitting a letter in support of “decoupling” Section 521 rental assistance from maturing Section 214 and Section 515 mortgages connected to U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) housing to allow households in rural areas…