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USDA Rural Development Obligations FY 18 – October

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

USDA is operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) which provides funding through December 8, 2017 based on last year’s appropriation levels. Congress will need to pass a final appropriations bill or another CR to keep the government operating after that date.

As of the end of October, USDA obligated 10,832 loans, loan guarantees, and grants totaling about $1.55 billion. This is about $124.9 million less than obligation levels from the same time last year when there were 12,053 loans, loan guarantees, and grants obligated totaling about $1.68 billion. Obligations are likely lower due to the timing for fund apportionment to the agency.

Single Family Housing Program Highlights

The Section 502 Guaranteed loan program, the largest of the Single Family Housing programs, obligated $1.5 billion (10,366 loan guarantees) down from $1.6 billion (11,678) at the same time last year.

For the Section 502 Direct program, there have been over $55.1 million (394 loans), also up from $38.2 million (302 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 36.2 percent.

The Section 504 Repair and Rehabilitation programs obligated 66 loans representing $385,836. As in the other single family housing programs, loan volume was up from this time last year (66 loans representing $433,590.) No grants were obligated in October.

There were no other obligations for Single Family Housing programs in October.

Multi-Family Housing Programs.

USDA obligated 188 Rural Housing Vouchers totaling $762,506. There were no vouchers were obligated in October last year. There were also 3 MPR loans ($1.9 million) and 1 MPR grant (27,040.)

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

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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