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Before enacting the FY14 budget, lawmakers and advocates need to know the critical facts about how these programs impact rural communities. Without Rural Housing programs, many low-income, rural Americans would not have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing.
By October 1, 2013, the USDA will revise its definition of “rural” with data from the 2010 Census. As a result, more than 900 communities currently eligible for USDA Rural Development programs will be cut off from what is often their only source of federal housing funding.
Right now, Congress is drafting the FY14 budgets for two of HUD’s most critical programs operating in rural communities across the nation: the Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Investment Partnership program. As rural advocates–dedicated to promoting better housing and community facilities for low-income rural families–we know first-hand the impact of CDBG and HOME in rural areas.