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USDA Rural Development Obligations FY 18 – July

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) presents this month’s report on Fiscal Year 2018 USDA Rural Housing program obligations.

As of the end of July, USDA obligated 107,385 loans, loan guarantees, and grants totaling about $14.97 billion. This is about $1.73 billion less than obligation levels from the same time last year when there were 121,655 loans, loan guarantees, and grants obligated totaling about $16.71 billion.

Single Family Housing Program Highlights

The Section 502 Guaranteed loan program, the largest of the Single Family Housing programs, obligated $13.92 billion (95,949 loan guarantees) down from $15.71 billion (109,516) at the same time last year.

For the Section 502 Direct program, there have been over $822.2 million (5,426 loans), also down from $771.4 million (5,596 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 33.5 percent, down from 36.8 percent at the same time last year.

The Section 504 Repair and Rehabilitation programs obligated 2,386 loans representing $14.6 million. As in the other single family housing programs, loan volume was down from this time last year (2,605 loans representing $14.6 million.) There were also $21.1 million (3,428 grants) obligated in the Section 504 grant program compared to $22.8 million (3,774 grants) at the same time last year.

Obligations in the Mutual Self-Help program totaled 23 grants and contracts totaling $18 million compared to 26 grants and contracts totaling $20.3 million last year.

Multifamily Housing Program Highlights

USDA’s Section 538 Multifamily Housing obligated 98 loan guarantees totaling $125.3 million, up from 71 loan guarantees ($121.6 million.) In the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing program, there were 16 loans totaling $19.6 million obligated compared to 10 loans totaling $10.5 million this time last year. There were also 15 MPR loans and 2 grants totaling $10.5 million and $251,260 respectively, compared to 30 loans ($21.4 million) and 2 grants ($53,220) this time last year.

In the Farm Labor Housing program, there were 6 loans ($8.5 million) and 4 grants ($7.9 million) compared to 7 loans ($10.7 million) and no grants at this time last year. One Housing Preservation Grant has been obligated ($21,417) versus none last year.

USDA obligated funds for 193,148 rental assistance units under the Section 521 Rental Assistance program totaling $950.6 million. This compares to about 194,472 units ($1.093 billion) obligated same time last year. There were also 5,526 Rural Housing Vouchers totaling $23.2 million compared to 5,011 vouchers representing $19.8 million this time last year.

There were no other obligations for Multi-Family Housing programs in July.

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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