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Recent announcements are listed below. If you are looking for an announcement not listed here, try press releases, blog posts or our home page for Updates, or contact Dan Stern at 202-842-8600, ext. 137 or e-mail

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HAC’s Rural Research Note Homeownership in Rural America
-July 18, 2012

USDA releases NOFAs for Farm Labor Housing and Preservation Revolving Loan Fund; will hold call on FLH NOFA July 26
-updated July 18, 2012

14 cosponsors join Rep. Fortenberry’s amendment continuing area eligibility for USDA housing programs
– updated July 11, 2012

EPA to host Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Zoning and Development Codes webinar on July 19, 2012.
-July 13, 2012

House Passes FY13 Spending Bill for HUD (information about USDA FY13 funding is also available)
-July 2, 2012

HAC map of “Poverty in the United States” is now available for download or purchase
-June 28, 2012

House Passes FY13 Spending Bill for HUD (information about USDA FY13 funding is also available)
-July 2, 2012

The State of the Nation’s Housing 2012 report has been released
-June 14, 2012

Joe Belden’s interview on “Trends in Rural Housing” with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
-June 12, 2012

FY13 USDA appropriations: House proposes lower funding, tells USDA to plan housing spending in advance
-updated June 6, 2012

HAC responds to Wall Street Journal article on USDA foreclosures
-updated with link to HAC’s published Letter to the Editor, June 7, 2012

HAC contributes to the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog, “What does an Affordable Rural Rental Housing Strategy Look Like?”
-May 23, 2012

House votes to Eliminate the American Community Survey (ACS)
-May 11, 2012

Senate Committee acts on FY13 funding for HUD and USDA
-updated May 1, 2012 with details of USDA bill

Minorities account for three-quarters of rural population growth, according to HAC’s latest Rural Research Note on Race and Ethnicity
-April 18, 2012

HAC Awards Nearly $360,000 for Rural Senior Housing
-March 13, 2012

HAC’s 2005 report, A Guide to Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After a Disaster, explains federal and state temporary and long term resources for rebuilding housing after a disaster.

Materials from HAC’s Overview of the 2013 Budget Webinar now available
-February 21, 2012

HAC’s final comments to HUD on the proposed changes to the HOME rule, or view in PDF
-February 14, 2012

Administration Releases FY13 Budget
USDA rural housing programs
HUD housing programs
-February 13, 2012

HAC Awards $2.5 Million for Local Self-Help Homeownership Programs
-February 3, 2012

USDA announces plan for Sec. 502 guaranteed borrowers to refinance to lower interest rates
– February 1, 2012

USDA Closures Include Offices that Help Rural Americans Get Affordable Mortgages
-January 12, 2012

Add your reaction to HAC’s comments on HUD’s proposed HOME rule changes
-February 3, 2012

USDA to close 43 RD offices as part of new “Blueprint for Stronger Service”
– January 10, 2012

RD allows Food Stamps to be included in Sec. 502 repayment income
– January 10, 2012

RD adds square footage to Sec. 502 “modest housing” requirements
– January 10, 2012

New HAC research:
Nonprofit Capacity in the Mississippi Delta Region and,
Rural Reentry: Housing Options and Obstacles for Ex-Offenders.
-December 9, 2011

Senate will not vote on McCain amendment to eliminate SHOP funding for FY12
December 2011

“Pinky” Clifford speaks out on housing conditions on the Pine Ridge Reservation
-December 2, 2011

HAC Research Brief: Analysis of the Supplemental Poverty Measure
– November 29, 2011

President signs bill setting FY12 funding levels for USDA and HUD
-updated November 18, 2011

Download the latest issue of Rural Voices magazine, Housing and Water: The Critical Connection, published jointly with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)
-November 14, 2011

Materials from HAC’s Housing Seniors in Rural America: Aging in Place in a Shifting Landscape symposium in Seattle, WA are now available for download
-November 14, 2011

HAC Awards $9.2 Million for Local Self-Help Homeownership
-November 8, 2011

Rural Research Note: Rurality in the United States
-November 3, 2011

Materials from the Rural Senior Housing Grant Walkthrough Webinar are now available for download
-October 20, 2011

New grant opportunity for rural senior housing
-October 3, 2011

HAC Research: Estimating Changes to USDA Rural Development’s Eligible Areas Designations (Audio File Posted)
-September 27, 2011

Senate rejects Coburn amendment to cut FY12 RD spending by 40%
-November 1, 2011

Senate will not vote on McCain amendment to eliminate SHOP funding for FY12
-November 1, 2011

National Rural Housing Sign on Letter: Oppose amendment that would slash Rural Development funding
-October 26, 2011

McCain to offer amendment eliminating SHOP funding for FY12
-October 18, 2011

Administration asks Senate to cut rural housing spending for FY12
-October 18, 2011

Learn more about Vermont’s SASH program for services and housing
-September 20, 2011

NALCAB announces asset building grants
-September 19, 2011

USDA and HUD testify against moving rural housing programs to HUD
-updated September 13, 2011

HUD Announces Recipients of FY10 Rural Innovation Fund Grants
-August 25, 2011

USDA Announcement: Compensation for Claims of Discrimination for Hispanic and Women Farm Loans
-August 15, 2011

Sign up to be a stakeholder in HAC’s rural senior housing initiative
-August 8, 2011

What are we missing? See more about HMDA activities at small lending institutions in HAC’s new report
-August 4, 2011

HAC Submits Comments on Proposed 20% Down Payment Rule
-August 1, 2011

RD Posts Schedule of Upcoming Stakeholder Meetings and Calls on Reforming its Regulations
-July 26, 2011

Data on Section 502 Guaranteed Loans by the National Housing Law Project
– July 19, 2011