Federal Programs from Rural Development

The Office of Rural Development, within the Department of Agriculture, works to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through its programs, we touch rural America in many ways.

Financial programs support public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. The Office promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks , credit unions and community-managed lending pools.
Section 538 Rural Rental Housing Guaranteed Loans
Rural Development
This program has been designed to increase the supply of affordable multifamily housing in rural areas through partnerships between Rural Development and major lending sources, as well as State and lo...more

Technical and Supervisory Assistance Grants
Rural Development
To assist low-income rural families in obtaining adequate housing to meet their family's needs and/or to provide the necessary guidance to promote their continued occupancy of already adequate housing...more

Housing Application Packaging Grants
Rural Development
To package single family housing applications for very low- and low-income rural residents in colonias and designated counties who wish to buy, build, or repair houses for their own use and to package...more

Direct Housing_Natural Disaster Loans and Grants
Rural Development
To assist qualified recipients to meet emergency assistance needs resulting from natural disaster. Funds are only available to the extent that funds are not provided by the Federal Emergency Managemen...more

Direct Housing_Natural Disaster
Rural Development
To assist qualified lower income rural families to meet emergency assistance needs resulting from natural disaster to buy, build, rehabilitate, or improve dwellings in rural areas. Funds are only avai...more

Rural Community Development Initiative
Rural Development
To develop the capacity and ability of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low income rural communities to improve housing, community facilities, co...more

Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Rural Housing Voucher Demonstration Program
Rural Development
The Rural Housing Voucher Demonstration program is designed to provide rental housing assistance vouchers to tenants in properties that prepay their Rural Development mortgage. The amount of this subs...more

PART 1774 Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Program (SEARCH)
Rural Development
To make predevelopment planning grants for feasibility studies, design assistance, and technical assistance, to financially distressed communities in rural areas with populations of 2,500 or fewer inh...more

Water and Waste Disposal Systems for Rural Communities
Rural Development
To provide basic human amenities, alleviate health hazards and promote the orderly growth of the rural areas of the nation by meeting the need for new and improved rural water and waste disposal facil...more

Technical Assistance and Training Grants
Rural Development
To identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal problems in rural areas; to assist applicants in preparing applications made in accordance with 7 CFR 1780; to improve operation and main...more



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