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Volume 11 - Number 7

April 6, 2018

USDA Revises Eligibility Maps for Rural Housing Service Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced proposed changes to the maps the Rural Housing Service uses to determine whether certain areas are eligible for its single-family and multifamily housing programs. RHS reviews the areas it covers every five years to determine which ones would be eligible for USDA home-loan guarantees. The proposed maps are based on RHS’s 2017-2018 review of data collected from the U.S. Bureau of Census 2015 American Community Survey. The ACS provides information about changes in the U.S. population, housing and workforce. The current RHS maps are based on RHS’s 2012-2013 review of the 2010 U.S. Census. The proposed maps will become effective on June 4, 2018. Properties located in areas that have been reclassified from rural to non-rural on the maps’ effective date may qualify for RHS’ housing programs if they meet certain conditions. First, the ...

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