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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February 22, 2021

Message from the Editorial Board 12-1

Dear Readers, The year 2020 was a challenging one, to say the least. In March, most of the world went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, due to unenforced protocols, a lacking social safety net, and government incompetence, nearly 500,000 people in America have died from the…

August 3, 2020

USDA Mixed Status Rule Clears OIRA

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared USDA’s proposed rule that prohibits mixed-immigration status families from living in federally subsidized housing. The proposed rule, “Implementation of the Multi-Family Housing U.S.…

July 27, 2020

USDA Rural Development Issues Post-CARES Act Protections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Rural Development sent a July 20 email to its Multifamily Housing partners providing three Q&As on how its Multifamily Housing programs will be affected as the CARES Act eviction moratorium and resident protections end on July 25. The protections…