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Rural America is Losing its Affordable Housing

A new report details looming crisis in affordable rural rental housing.

The Crisis. The increasing lack of affordable housing is not just an urban problem. Rental housing options in rural America are not only sparse, but also declining. An important source of housing in many rural communities are rental homes financed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Today there are over 13,000 USDA rental properties providing more than 415,000 affordable homes to families and individuals across rural America.

No new USDA direct-financed rental housing has been developed in years, and the existing properties are increasingly losing their affordability provisions. The impacts of this trend are problematic for rural renters and communities.

A Platform for Preservation. The Housing Assistance Council conducted a comprehensive assessment of USDA's multi-family housing investments to better understand this issue and inform strategies that preserve this resource for rural communities and residents.  (Report available below)


2018 New Mexico Affordable Housing Needs Assessment

A report produced by MFA about New Mexico's affordable housing needs regionally and statewide. It highlights individual county needs regarding affordability, housing conditions, and several other indicators that should be addressed going forward. 

The New Mexico Economic Forecast

Recent Developments and Outlook

A report produced by BBER for the New Mexico Bankers Association that shows where the economy of New Mexico is and how it looks going forward.  

The Gap

A Shortage of Affordable Homes

A report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition released in March 2019.  This report highlights the gap between the number of affordable units in the nation and the number of units needed.

Housing for a 21st Century Rural America

A Platform for Preservation

The Housing Assistance Council conducted a comprehensive assessment of USDA's multi-family housing investments to better understand this issue and inform strategies that preserve this resource for rural communities and residents.

Housing America's Older Adults 2018

US is unprepared to house its aging population.

A report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies that discusses the need for supportive and accessible housing for seniors in years to come. 

Understanding Whom the LIHTC Serves

Data on Tenants in LIHTC Units as of December 31, 2015

This report, published in March 2018, describes the characteristics and demographic data of households in low-income housing tax credit units.

Getting Started

First Homes Being Built with 2016 National Housing Trust Fund Awards

An interim report published in September 2018 by the National Low Income Housing Coalition that shows how the 2016 National Housing Trust Fund awards are being used so far.  

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

Report to the Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate

A report produced in September 2018 by the Government Accountability Office that discusses cost assessments and risk management.

State Housing Finance Agencies:

At the Center of the Affordable Housing System

A report published in September of 2018 by the National Council of State Housing Agencies that highlights how Housing Finance Agencies impact the affordable housing system in America.

Final LIHTC Costs Analysis 2018

Housing Credit development cost study

Study by ABT Associates, shows Housing Credit development costs in recent years have been, on average, about the same as development costs for all multifamily projects, despite complying with a host of policy constraints that don’t apply to market-rate properties.

Investing in Rural America

Bringing Progress and Economic Opportunity to Rural Communities

A report released in June 2018 by the Joint Economic Committee Democrats and Senator Martin Heinrich about the problems facing rural development and the possible solutions available.  

The State of the Nation's Housing 2018

Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

This report, released in June 2018 by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard, analyzes the nations housing market and highlights problems with cost-burden, affordability, and housing inventory. 

Out of Reach 2018

The High Cost of Housing

The Out of Reach report, released in June 2018 by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, compares the "Housing Wage" to what the actual average rental wage and minimum wage is across the nation.  It highlights the gap between low-income renters and modest housing at Fair Market Rents.  

2018 Fair Housing Trends Report

Making every neighborhood a place of opportunity

Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas

A Report From the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs

Assessment of American Indian and Alaska Native housing conditions in tribal areas.

Designing and Operating Homeownership Programs on Tribal Lands

A comprehensive overview of the steps required to create homeownership programs on tribal lands.

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