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Welcome! We support rural prosperity in Georgia by investing in modern infrastructure such as high-speed internet, electric service, and water and waste treatment systems. We help eligible rural Georgians buy or rent affordable housing, and we can partner with you to build or improve essential community facilities such as hospitals, first responder stations, libraries, and schools. We also boost rural economic development by funding technical assistance for small business owners and entrepreneurs, helping them design robust business plans, find new markets, and promote their goods and services. We offer loan guarantees to help eligible businesses and manufacturers expand or improve, and we support energy programs that finance renewable systems for agriculture and industry. Because so many of our employees live and work in the very communities we serve, the USDA Rural Development mission is personal to us. It’s this commitment to our neighbors that sets us apart. Rural America is hometown America. More than a great place to live, it’s the people who make up America’s spirit and character.

Scroll down to learn more about how we can help you and your community. Or, visit our Georgia contact page.



USDA Rural Development is conducting a review of all areas under its jurisdiction to identify areas that no longer qualify as rural for housing programs. The last rural area reviews were performed in 2017-2018 using 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) data. Rural area designations are reviewed every five years. This review will utilize the 2020 United States decennial census data.

Based on the 2020 US census data and rural area guidance located in Handbook HB-1-3550, Chapter 5, the rural eligibility designation is under review for the following areas in Georgia:

New ineligible communities under review (expansion of current ineligible areas):
1. South Fulton, GA- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
2. Rome, GA Metro Area
3. Peachtree City, GA-Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area
4. Warner Robins, GA Metro Area
5. Savannah, GA Metro Area
6. Athens-Clarke County, GA Metro Area
7. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metro Area
8. Macon-Bibb County, GA Metro Area
9. Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area
10. Valdosta, GA Metro Area

Currently eligible communities under review (rural in character, contiguous with or expanding from currently ineligible areas):
1. Dalton-Whitfield and Murray Counties
2. Braselton-Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson Counties
3. Hinesville-Liberty County
4. McDonough-Henry County
5. Acworth-Cobb and Bartow Counties
6. Canton-Cherokee County
7. Dallas-Paulding County
8. Conyers-Rockdale County
9. Jekyll Island-Glynn County

The public shall have 90 days from the date of this public notice to submit comments regarding the potential loss of eligibility for Rural Development housing programs. Comments should be sent to Devon.Collins@usda.gov. For details, or questions about specific changes, please contact the Georgia Rural Development Housing Program staff at (706) 552-2549

Questions? Contact your local USDA Rural Development office!

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(706) 552-2541 is our New Home Ownership and Home Repair Programs Contact Number

Georgia Contact Information

Georgia Rural Development State Office
Stephens Federal Building
355 E. Hancock Avenue
Athens, GA 30601
Phone - (706) 546- 2162 | Toll Free - (800) 338-5975 TDD - (706) 546-2034 | Fax2Mail- (855) 452-0956

Questions about Multifamily Housing Programs? Call 1-800-292-8293