Recommendations to the Millennial Housing Commission

The National Rural Housing Coalition (NRHC) is a national membership organization that advocates for better housing and community development programs and policies for rural areas. NRHC is pleased to provide the Millennial Housing Commission with the following recommendations on rural housing issues.

The Right to a Decent Home: A Pastoral Response to the Crisis in Housing

A Statement of the Catholic Bishops of the United States, November 20, 1975, citing research by the National Rural Housing Coalition showing that in 1976:

  • The one percent of the population with incomes over $50,000 will receive more than ten percent of both direct and indirect housing subsidies (an estimated $1.4 billion in 1976).
  • The fourteen percent of the population with incomes below $3,000 will receive less than seven percent of either direct or indirect housing subsidies ($0.9 billion).

1996 NRHC Board and Executive Committee

Many familiar names!

Letter to Nixon From Senators on Farmworker Housing Shortage

Letter from Senators Kennedy, Cranston, Hatfield, Stevenson, Case, Williams, Javits, Brooke, Hart, McGovern, Tunney, Moss, and Harris to Nixon.

Rural Housing Alliance News Service: George Rucker Testimony

Nearly one million families In rural areas, on the average, can only afford $14 a month for rent according to George Rucker, research director of the Rural Housing Alliance who testified today on the nation’s rural housing needs before the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs.

Rucker used this and similar data to show that existing rural housing programs are unable to serve low-income rural families. His testimony supported legislation CS. 2190) which would establish an Emergency
Rural Housing Administration authorized to provide whatever subsidies are needed to house the rural poor.

Peter Carey Testifies on the FY 2008 USDA Budget

Madame Chairwoman my name is Peter Carey, I am the Executive Director of Self Help Enterprises and I am also past president and current board member of the National Rural Housing Coalition.

The lead federal agency for providing assistance to our nation’s small towns and farming communities is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through their rural development programs. Congress and the Administration have already made substantial cuts in federal rural development spending. Over the last 6 years, federal spending on rural housing loan and community development programs has been reduced by more than 20%. The Administration’s Fiscal 2008 budget takes square aim at these programs which are critical to the survival of rural America.

Joe Myer Testifies on National Housing Trust proposal

Chairman Frank, Ranking Member Baucus, Congressman Michael Castle from my home state of Delaware, and Members of the Committee, my name is Joe Myer and I am the Executive Director of NCALL, Research, Inc. and a current board member of the National Rural Housing Coalition.

We are pleased to offer our support for the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act. Reinvigoration of federal housing policy is long overdue. The resources that this legislation makes available will have a positive impact on the quality and quantity of affordable housing across the nation. Given high levels of housing distress in rural areas, the recent reductions in federal rural housing assistance and the low level of support for rural housing by other programs and entities, the National Rural Housing Coalition is especially pleased to endorse this legislation.

Congress Deals Rural Housing Organizations a Mixed Hand

Press Release: Congress holds on passing rural housing funding, despite strong indications for the need and history of strong bipartisan support

Rural Organizations Join in Opposition to White House Proposal to Shift USDA Rural Programs to HUD

Press release.

Letter: Congressional Rural Housing Caucus Forms

Dear Chairman, As required by the rules of the House, we are writing to officially inform you of our intention to form the Congressional Rural Housing Caucus, and to request the registration of the Caucus as a Congressional Member Organization (CMO) with the Committee on House Administration.