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NOTICE OF POTENTIAL CHANGES TO ELIGIBLE AREA MAPS FOR USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT HOUSING PROGRAMS

Name
Allen Pickert
Phone
City
Topeka
Release Date

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 Kansas:

Currently eligible communities under review (population):

  1. Saline County- Salina (annexed areas)
  2. Sedgwick County- Wichita (annexed areas)
  3. Johnson County- Olathe (annexed areas)
  4. Johnson County-Overland Park (annexed areas)

Currently eligible communities under review (rural in character):

  1. Butler County- Andover
  2. Ellis County- Hays
  3. Johnson County-Gardner
  4. Geary County- Junction City
  5. Ford County - Dodge City
  6. Finney County- Garden City
  7. Crawford County- Pittsburg

Ineligible communities under review (expansion of ineligible areas):

  1. Sedgwick County- surrounding area of Andover
  2. Harvey County-Newton (annexed areas)

Ineligible communities under review (reconsideration of eligibility):

  1. Sedgwick County- surrounding area of Wichita
  2. Shawnee County- surrounding area of Topeka
  3. Harvey County- surrounding area of Newton
  4. Butler County- surrounding area of El Dorado
  5. Reno County- surrounding area of Hutchinson
  6. Lyon County- surrounding area of Emporia
  7. Riley & Pottawatomie County- surrounding area of Manhattan
  8. Douglas County- surrounding area of Lawrence

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 KSDirect@ks.usda.gov. For details, or questions about specific changes, please contact the Kansas Rural Development Housing Program staff at (785) 624-3244.