STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA, March 16, 2018 - USDA Rural Development has received no comments on areas being reviewed for continued eligibility under the USDA Rural Housing programs.  During the review, all comments were considered. 

Based on the review of the areas within the state of Oklahoma, using the 2015 American Community Survey data, comments received, and rural area guidance located in Handbook HB-1-3550, Chapter 5, the rural eligibility designation is proposed to change for the following areas:

Oklahoma

1) Ardmore, OK-city limits will be revised to reflect current corporate city limits

2) Bartlesville, OK-no change

3) Bixby, OK-no change

4) Broken Arrow, OK-no change

5) Choctaw, OK-no change

6) Claremore, OK-city limits will be revised to reflect current corporate city limits

7) Duncan, OK-city limits will be revised to reflect current corporate city limits

8) El Reno, OK-city limits will be revised to reflect current corporate city limits

9) Enid, OK-no change

10) Glenpool, OK-will become an ineligible area because they are no longer rural in character due to population

11) Guthrie, OK-no change

12) Lawton, OK-no change

13) Muskogee, OK-no change

14) Oklahoma City, OK-no change

15) Owasso, OK-will become an ineligible area because they are no longer rural in character due to population

16) Ponca City, OK-city limits will be revised to reflect current corporate city limits

17) Sand Springs, OK-city limits will be revised to reflect current corporate city limits

18) Sapulpa, OK-city limits will be revised to reflect current corporate city limits

19) Shawnee, OK-no change

Areas that will now be considered as no longer being  rural or rural in character can be viewed at https://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do by clicking on either "Single Family Housing Guaranteed", "Single Family Housing Direct" or Multi-Family Housing" and then selecting "Proposed Ineligible Areas" tab. 

The proposed changes will become effective on June 4, 2018.  For details, or questions about specific changes, please contact the Oklahoma Rural Development Housing Program Director at (580-726-3347, Ext. 113)