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HAC Conference: 502 Packaging Training

For those of you attending HAC’s Rural Housing Conference this December! This year, HAC is offering a three-day advanced course covering USDA Rural Development’s Section 502 Direct Loan Program at the December Conference. The course provides invaluable insight as to how this homeownership financing resource can be utilized. Learn how to assist potential borrowers and work in partnership with RD staff, as well as other nonprofit organizations and regional intermediaries to deliver successful Section 502 loan packages. This course is intended for and specifically framed for those experienced in utilizing Section 502 and other affordable mortgage products. Participants will learn regulations and practical applications of the loan program, while developing a strong understanding of 502 direct underwriting and packaging standards. Following the course, participants are encouraged to take the online packaging exam. Plan to arrive on Monday, December 1st as class begins at 8:30am on December 2nd. Review and be familiar with USDA Handbook HB-1-3550 and remember to bring your...
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Rural Revitalization Success Story

Download NRHC’s Success Story Template HERE!
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Social Media Webinar: How to Create a Social Media Strategy

The focus of this webinar was on how to create an effective social media strategy, regardless of your organization’s limited resources. By providing this webinar, in addition to other critical resources and information, NRHC aims to help build the capacity of rural housing organizations and to help raise awareness of the issues impacting rural families and their communities. NRHC would like to thank Capital One for its generous support of this webinar and our organization. You can download a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation here. Check our other Social Media resources, including: Advocacy Toolkit: Creating a Social Media Strategy Advocacy Toolkit: Using Local and Social Media to Support Your Advocacy Free Social Media Technical Assistance for all NRHC Members. To become a member, click...
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NRHC 2014 Impact Survey

In recent years, funding for USDA Rural Housing programs has been cut significantly, making it more difficult for nonprofit organizations and state and local governments to improve housing conditions in their communities. To help protect these resources, rural housing and community development organizations must find new and better ways to document their impact and effectiveness. That’s why we are inviting all rural housing organizations to participate in our 2014 Impact Survey.   Click here to download the 2014 NRHC Impact Survey TODAY! The more organizations that participate, the better we can document the critical role rural housing organizations play in planning, developing, financing, and building affordable housing. For that reason, please free to send this survey to other rural housing organizations in your communities and ask them to participate. Please complete the survey and return it to Sarah Mickelson at sarah@rapoza.org by October 10, 2014. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us directly via email or at 202-393-5229. And, remember to submit the survey only once; a number of organizations are assisting NRHC in disseminating this survey, so you may receive it from many sources. Thank you in advance for helping make this survey a...
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Special Offer to New Members

In order for NRHC to continue to be successful, we need your support. That’s why NRHC is offering new members a one-year membership for $250, including subscriptions to our Budget Bulletin and Rural Housing Reporter publications. Join Today! We are in a period of unprecedented austerity in the federal budget. Both Congress and the White House have supported spending cuts that negatively impact rural communities. While both parties have neglected rural housing and community development programs, USDA has been especially unsupportive. Yet, despite these challenges, NRHC has successfully supported and expanded housing opportunities in rural America. Through a combination of old-fashioned shoe leather, action-oriented research, and strong advocacy from local housing and community development organizations, NRHC has fought off sequestration, lousy USDA budgets, and Congressional inaction to preserve—and, in some cases, increase—funding for rural housing and community development programs. We encourage you to visit our website, check out some of our reports (like our most recent report on Rural America’s Rental Housing Crisis), and feel free to contact me (sarah AT rapoza DOT org) if you have any questions. Thank you for your support! Sarah...
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