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The National Leader in Rural Housing Research

For more than four decades HAC has analyzed rural housing markets and disseminated information on housing conditions and characteristics for low-income rural Americans. To improve living conditions in rural areas, housing providers, policymakers and the public need access to reliable information and data. Through HAC’s newsletter, magazines, issue summaries, and library of more than 150 studies and reports on housing issues in rural America, HAC’s research and information constantly evolves to keep partners and policy makers informed.

Comprehensive research, studies, and analysis on a wide range of topics important to rural Americans and their housing.

Fiscal Year 2021 USDA Rural Development Housing Activity Report - Cover

Fiscal Year 2021 USDA Rural Development Housing Activity Report

Since the 1950s, USDA has provided financial assistance for the…
In Search of "Good" Rural Data Cover Image

In Search of “Good” Rural Data

The Housing Assistance Council has long been working to address…

A series of Briefs highlighting social, economic and housing issues and data in rural America.

The Persistence of Poverty in Rural America - Rural Research Brief Cover - 2021
Housing Assistance Council

The Persistence of Poverty in Rural America

Persistently poor counties are classified as having poverty rates…
An Update on Maturing Mortgages in USDA’s Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Program
Housing Assistance Council

An Update on Maturing Mortgages in USDA’s Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Program

Rural America is Losing Affordable Rental Housing at an Alarming…
Race and Ethnicity in Rural America - Rural Research Brief
Housing Assistance Council

The United States is Becoming More Racially Diverse – And So is Rural America

Race and ethnicity are central and often complex components of…

Rural Research Notes present summary findings from HAC and other research and analyses on social, economic, and housing characteristics of rural Americans.

Rural Research Note: Covid-19 in Rural America
HAC

Rural COVID Cases are Starting to Decline, but the Delta Variant Hit Rural Communities Particularly Hard

The Housing Assistance Council presents updated data on the COVID-19…
Rural America Now Has More Than 5 Million Reported Cases and Over 100,000 Deaths from Covid-19

Rural America Now Has More Than 5 Million Reported Cases and Over 100,000 Deaths from Covid-19

COVID-19 in Rural America - September 1, 2021 As of August 31,…
POPULATION GROWTH IN RURAL AMERICA WAS SMALL - AND UNEVEN - BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020
Housing Assistance Council

Population Growth in Rural America was Small – and Uneven – Between 2010 and 2020

A Census in Rural America 2020 Update Using Census 2010 and…