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USDA Acts to Help Rural Residents and Businesses Affected by COVID-19

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USDA Acts to Help Rural Residents and Businesses Affected by COVID-19

USDA Rural Development, a mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Flood Insurance, HUD, USDA and Labor Programs Extended Through Sept. 30

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Flood Insurance, HUD, USDA and Labor Programs Extended Through Sept. 30

Congress approves spending bills that will keep the National Flood Insurance Program and key HUD and USDA programs funded through Sept. 30, 2020.

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Executive Order on Reducing Poverty Could Impact Housing Programs

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Multifamily by on April 13, 2018 0 Comments
Executive Order on Reducing Poverty Could Impact Housing Programs

On April 10, President Trump released an executive order, “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility,” that is designed to guide agencies that administer public assistance programs to effectively reform the welfare system.

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Rural Housing Service Proposes Changes to Eligibility Maps

Filed in Housing Finance, Multifamily by on March 26, 2018 0 Comments
Rural Housing Service Proposes Changes to Eligibility Maps

The USDA Rural Housing Service (RHS) has proposed changes to certain areas eligible to receive financing for RHS housing programs. The changes could affect whether certain communities will still have access to Section 502 loans, which are used primarily to help low-income households buy homes.

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USDA to Lower Lending Fees

Filed in Housing Finance by on September 6, 2016 1 Comment
USDA to Lower Lending Fees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that lenders who use the USDA’s Rural Housing Service’s Single-Family Housing Guarantee Program will pay lower fees beginning on Oct. 1, the first day of fiscal year 2017.

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Building Communities Together with USDA Rural Development

Filed in Homeownership, Housing Finance by on June 30, 2016 9 Comments
Building Communities Together with USDA Rural Development

As USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator, I’ve heard time and time again about the lack of good affordable housing stock in rural America.

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RHS Releases Final Rule for Single Family Loan Program

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Housing Finance by on February 9, 2016 0 Comments
RHS Releases Final Rule for Single Family Loan Program

The USDA Rural Housing Service published a final rule on Feb. 8 implementing changes to its Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program. The final rule is designed to streamline the program in several ways.

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USDA Investing $3.7 Million to Repair Rural Housing

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USDA Investing $3.7 Million to Repair Rural Housing

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is moving forward with investing $3.7 million to help rural families repair and rehabilitate their homes

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Senate Moves in Positive Direction for USDA Rental Assistance

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations, Multifamily by on September 23, 2015 0 Comments

In the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rental Assistance (RA) section of the draft Senate short-term spending bill, there is language that extends funding for rental assistance contracts until mid-December. When NAHB learned 50 properties would experience a rental assistance shortfall by Sept. 30, the association vigorously advocated for congressional and regulatory action to properly fund these […]

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USDA to Raise Upfront Fee on No-Downpayment Loans from 2% to 2.75%

Filed in Housing Finance by on July 1, 2015 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) is increasing its upfront fee paid by borrowers on a no-downpayment loan from 2% to 2.75% effective Oct. 1. According to an RHS official, the difference in monthly payments is $4.83 for a typical $135,000 loan.

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