Rural Research Briefs

Communities impacted by Eligibility Cover

Communities Possibly Impacted by USDA Eligibility Changes

Rural Research Brief: USDA Eligibility Impact

In June 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a list of more than 900 communities that may no longer be eligible for Rural Development (RD) housing assistance based on population increase and changes in rural composition and character. The proposed communities that may become ineligible are located in 420 counties across 49 states and territories.

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) investigated recent USDA-RD loan and program activity in areas that are slated for change in their eligibility status. It is important to note that RD obligation data are not available for the specific communities that may become ineligible. This brief provides a general indication of possible impacts to communities that may lose their USDA eligibility status.