Each issue of HAC’s Rural Voices magazine focuses on a single topic important to rural communities, with subjects ranging from housing for older rural residents to the future of housing finance to citizen-led design. Local rural housing professionals from around the country write most of the articles, sharing their expertise, best practices, and even the mistakes they’ve learned from. To hear when a new issue of the magazine is published, sign up for HAC’s email list or watch for announcements in the HAC News and on social media.

Fall 2007: Making it Work: Combating Rural Homelessness

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  • View from Washington by Marcy Kinnaman
  • Shelter in the Desert: The Center for Family Solutions
  • Customizing Solutions for Rural Appalachia: Hazard Perry County Community Ministries
  • Harvest Time: Using HMIS to End Homelessness in Rural Michigan
  • Using Family to Fight Homelessness: The Millennium Center in Southwest Georgia
  • Working Towards a Common Goal: The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
  • Rural Revelations: The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Partners with Communities to End Rural Homelessness

Summer 2007: More Than Housing at Stake: Preserving Rural Rental Properties

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  • View from Washington by Tim Thompson
  • Preservation Barriers and Opportunities
  • USDA Has High Hopes for MPR
  • Section 538 Guaranteed Loans: A Resource to Help Preserve Section 515 Developments
  • State Agencies Dig Deep to Preserve Rural Properties
  • Tax Credits and Tiers: HoneyTree’s Story
  • Working to Reverse Declining Rural Housing Markets in Iowa
  • Who You Gonna Call (To Finance Rural Preservation)

Spring 2007: Reinvesting in Rural Communities: Celebrating 30 Years of the Community Reinvestment Act

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  • A Primer on CRA
  • Financing Hope
  • Opening Doors in Rural Communities
  • Sharpening CRA for a New Era
  • If Not for CRA…
  • CRA at 30 and Rural Community Development
  • View from Washington by Barry Wides
  • From Bad to Worse: A Summary of Rural housing Provisions in the Proposed 2008 Budget

Conference 2006: Building Capacity, Building Homes

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  • Intermediary Roundtable on Capacity Building
  • HAC’s Principles of Partnership
  • Capacity Building: Vision and Mission
  • Capacity Building: Leadership
  • Capacity Building: Resources
  • Capacity Building: Outreach and Community Support
  • Capacity Building: Products and Services
  • View from Washington: USDA’s Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program

Summer 2006: Appalachia: Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future

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  • Growth Patterns and Rural Housing in Appalachia
  • Volunteers Work in Appalachia – ASP Style
  • The Ripple Effect: The Impact of Revolving CHDO Proceeds on Local Communities
  • When Poverty Collides with Affluence in Appalachia
  • Appalachian Ruin
  • The Evolution of the Nonprofit Housing Network in Central Appalachia
  • View From Washington: Interviews with Appalachian Regional Commission

Spring 2006: CDBG Works for Rural Communities

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  • View from Washington: The State Community Development Block Grant Turns 25
  • Survey Shows Negative Effect of Cuts to CDBG
  • The Ultimate Recycling Project
  • CDBG Revitalizes Towns and Small Cities in Kentucky
  • Taking Steps to Assist Rural Communities
  • Creating Infrastructure in the Border Colonias
  • The Sunnybrooke Housing Production Project
  • Following a Roadmap to Community Success
  • “If Not for CDBG…”
  • CDBG QUICKS

Winter 2005 – 06: After the Disaster: Rural Communities Respond

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  • Revisiting Buffalo Creek
  • From a Brownfi eld to a Brighter Future
  • Laying the Groundwork for Success
  • Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action
  • Pulling Together: Rural and Urban Communities Respond
  • When Communities Own Their Way of Life and Shape Their Future
  • View from Washington: Hurricane Katrina: Federal Policy Update

Fall 2005: Rural Housing Goes GREEN

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  • Demystifying Green Building and its Cost
  • Green Communities Initiative Demonstrates Challenges and Successes for Rural Developers
  • Getting Started on Green Affordable Housing
  • Green Building Techniques: Land Planning and Site Development
  • Green Building Techniques: Use of Materials
  • Green Building Techniques: Resource Conservation
  • Green Building Techniques: Energy Efficiency
  • Green Building Techniques: Healthy Homes

Summer 2005: Farmworker Housing: Turning Challenges into Successes

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  • Farm Labor Housing: An Overview
  • Farmworker Housing Summit Inspires Collaboration
  • From Services to Housing: Meeting the Needs of Midwest Farmworkers
  • Successful Farmworker Housing Goes Beyond Roofs and Walls
  • Rural Neighborhoods Learns Ways to House Unaccompanied Workers
  • Changing Partners: Shifting Paradigms in Housing
  • Jonathan Court: A Portrait of Patience and Perseverance

Springr 2005: Telling Our Story: Marketing Affordable Housing

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  • Understanding Public Opinion on Low-Income Housing: A Report from Recent Polling
  • Changing Perceptions and Fostering Ideas: Language and Communications Matter
  • Working to Change the Public’s Opinion of Affordable Housing: Minnesota Housing Partnership
  • Educating the Nation about Housing Needs: The Campaign for Affordable Housing
  • Developing a National Campaign about Rural Needs: Stand Up for Rural America
  • Advocating for Change: The Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina
  • Partnering to Recruit Residents and to Advocate for Affordable Housing: CHISPA
  • Showing Families the Possibilities: Marquette County Habitat for Humanity
  • Selling to Funders and Your Community: Stop Abusive Family Environments, Inc.
  • Humanizing the Issues: Enterprise Corporation of the Delta/Hope Community Credit Union
  • VIEW FROM WASHINGTON: RURAL AMERICA NEEDS CDBG