The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) presents this month’s report on Fiscal Year 2019 USDA Rural Housing program obligations.
As of the end of June, USDA obligated 74,991 loans, loan guarantees, and grants totaling about $10,659,333,101. This is $2,648,858,105 less than obligation levels from this time last year. At that time, there were 95,558 loans, loan guarantees, and grants obligated totaling $13,308,191,206.
The agency has been operating under several continuing resolutions and a 35-day government shutdown since the beginning of the fiscal year. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 was signed into law on February 15, 2019 which provided funding for the rest of the fiscal year.
Single Family Housing Program Highlights
The Section 502 Guaranteed loan program, the largest of the Single Family Housing programs, obligated $9,898,895,099 (67,456 loan guarantees) down from $12,430,479,360 ( 85,738 loan guarantees) last year.
For the Section 502 Direct program, loan obligations totaled $570,541,542 (3,579 loans), down from $674,685,223 (4,500 loans) this time last year. About 35 percent of the loan dollars went to Very low-income (VLI) applicants. VLI loans represented nearly 40 percent of the total number of Section 502 Direct loans.
The Section 504 Repair and Rehabilitation programs obligated 1,611 loans representing $9,790,531. Loan volume was down from this time last year (2,074 loans representing $12,606,413 million.) There were also about $13,467,007 (1,611 grants) obligated in the Section 504 grant program compared to $2,815,882 (3,073 grants) last year.
USDA’s Section 523 Self Help Housing Grant program funded 14 grants and contracts totaling $13,890,675 down from last year’s 17 grants and contracts totaling $18,944,693.
USDA has also funded 5 credit sales representing $402,961.
Multi-Family Housing Programs
USDA’s Section 538 Multifamily Housing obligated 59 loan guarantees totaling $102,636,987, down from last year’s 87 loan guarantees ($111,684,926.) In the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing program, there were 30 loans totaling $44,551,701 obligated compared to 16 loans totaling $19,555,407 last year. Obligations in the MPR program include 22 MPR loans totaling $116,537 and no grants compared to 15 loans and 2 grants representing $15,650,054 and $251,260 last year.
In the Farm Labor Housing programs, 5 loans and 2 grants have been funded totaling $3,587,261and $1,400,000 respectively. Last year in June, 5 loans and 1 grant were obligated ($7,055,000 and $3,000,000, respectively.)
No Section 533 Housing Preservation grants have been obligated so far this year, compared to 2 grants last year totaling $251,260.
USDA obligated funds for 156,173 rental assistance units under the Section 521 Rental Assistance program totaling $809,159,791. This compares to about 192,696 units ($948,701,481) obligated same time last year. There were also 4,750 Rural Housing Vouchers totaling $21,058,331 compared to 5,025 vouchers representing $21,096,088 this time last year.
* 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 email@example.com.