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USDA Rural Development Obligations FY 17 – July

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) presents this month’s report on Fiscal Year 2017 USDA Rural Housing program obligations.

As of the end of July, USDA obligated 121,665 loans, loan guarantees, and grants totaling about $16.7 billion. This is about $2.29 billion more than obligation levels from the same time last year when there were 108,061 loans, loan guarantees, and grants obligated totaling about $14.42 billion.

Single Family Housing Program Highlights

The Section 502 Guaranteed loan program, the largest of the Single Family Housing programs, obligated $15.7 billion (109,516 loan guarantees) up from $13.3 billion (95,400) at the same time last year.

For the Section 502 Direct program, there have been over $771 million (5,596 loans), up from $770 million (5,728 loans) in loan obligations this time last year. Very low-income (VLI) loan obligations as a percentage of the total Section 502 Direct loan dollars was 36.8 percent, exceeding the 34.9 percent VLI obligation level at the same time last year.

The Section 504 Repair and Rehabilitation programs obligated 2,605 loans representing $14.6 million. As in the other single family housing programs, loan volume was up from this time last year (2,417 loans representing $13.1 million.) There were also $22.9 million (3,774 grants) obligated in the Section 504 grant program compared to $25.8 million (4,217 grants) at the same time last year.

There were also 5 credit sales of Single Family properties totaling $410,780.

Multi-Family Housing Programs.

USDA’s Section 538 Multifamily Housing obligated 71 loan guarantees totaling $121.6 million, down from 79 loan guarantees ($142.4 million.) In the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing program, there were 10 loans totaling $10.5 million obligated. No Section 515 loans were obligated this time last year. For the Farm Labor Housing programs, USDA obligated 7 loans totaling $10.6 million and 0 grants compared to 7 loans ($5.2 million and 6 grants ($9.6 million) this time last year. There were also 30 MPR loans and 2 grants totaling $21.4 million and $53,200 respectively, compared to 97 loans ($80.9 million) and 3 grants ($801,900) this time last year.

USDA obligated funds for 194,472 rental assistance units under the Section 521 Rental Assistance program totaling $1.09 billion. This compares to about 252,792 units ($1.16 billion) obligated same time last year. There were also 5,011 Rural Housing Vouchers totaling $19.8 million compared to 4,718 vouchers representing $17.2 million this time last year.

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* The Rural Housing Service (RHS) monthly obligation reports are produced by the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) 1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 606, Washington, DC 20005. The monthly figures derive from HAC tabulations of USDA –RHS 205c, d, and f report data. For questions or comments about the obligation reports, please contact Michael Feinberg at 202-842-8600 or