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USDA Rural Development supports rural prosperity in Oregon by investing in modern infrastructure such as high-speed internet and water and waste treatment systems. We help eligible rural Oregonians buy or rent affordable housing, and we can partner with you to build or improve essential community facilities such as hospitals, libraries, and schools. We 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 also 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.

Scroll down to learn more about how we can help you and your community or visit our Oregon contact page.

USDA Rural Development has completed its 2020 decennial United States census review for all areas under its jurisdiction to identify areas that no longer qualify as rural for USDA Rural Housing programs.  Based on the review of the areas within the state of Oregon, using 2020 US census data, and rural area guidance located in Handbook HB-1-3550, Chapter 5, the rural eligibility designation has changed for the following areas:

Areas whose rural eligibility designations expanded the existing ineligible area (Expansion of the ineligible areas around the city limits to include all annexed areas since 1990).  These areas did not qualify as rural for USDA Housing Programs:

  1. Albany – Albany-Lebanon MSA, Linn County.
  2. Bend – Bend MSA, Deschutes County.
  3. Eugene – Eugene-Springfield MSA, Lane County.
  4. Grants Pass – Grants Pass MSA, Josephine County.
  5. Medford - Medford MSA, Jackson County.
  6. Salem – Salem MSA, Marion County.
  7. Sherwood – Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA, Washington County.
  8. Wilsonville – Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA, Clackamas County.

Changes become effective October 1, 2023. 

The updated rural area map can now be viewed on our eligibility websiteUsers will need to click on the program, for example: “Single Family Housing Direct”, and then click on “Proposed Eligibility Areas” from the menu options.

For a full list of changes, additional details, or questions about specific changes, please contact the Oregon Rural Development Housing Program staff at (866) 923-5626, ext. 1 or (503) 414-3380.

Questions? Contact your local USDA Rural Development office!

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Oregon Contact Information

Oregon Rural Development State Office 
1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 1801
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 414-3300   Toll Free:  (866) 923-5626
Relay Service: 711 

Questions about Multifamily Housing ProgramsCall: 1-800-292-8293