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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April 27, 2020

Senators Push Funding for Rural Housing Assistance in Next Emergency Package

Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) led a bipartisan group of 16 senators in a letter sent on April 17 to Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) urging them to include emergency funding to help rural renters in the next COVID-19 emergency relief package. The…