But some say rural housing hasn’t been a funding priority. Bob Rapoza with the National Rural Housing Coalition points out that since 2010, funding was reduced by $400 million. The USDA’s budget request cuts $100 million more from rural development.
Rapoza: “In the context of the federal budget, what is spent on rural housing is tiny…as compared to what is spent on other things.”
Rapoza says the return outweighs the expense: Construction jobs are created and families get homes.