Well built, affordable housing is essential to the vitality of communities in rural America. Housing Programs give families and individuals the opportunity to buy, build, repair, or own safe and affordable homes located in rural America. Eligibility for these loans, loan guarantees, and grants is based on income and varies according to the average median income for each area.
**NOTICE** USDA, Rural Development (RD) recently received reports of homeowners receiving letters offering special assistance through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and Making Home Affordable trial programs for loans that are delinquent. The letter provides a payment plan and asks the customer to complete a form to be faxed or mailed which contains private information (social security number, signature). Do not respond to this inquiry, this is not a legitimate request. If you receive a suspicious call or letter regarding your RD home loan do not follow the instructions and call us at 1-800-414-1226 to speak to a representative. If you suspect you have been a victim of identity fraud you should contact your local authorities.
Low interest, fixed-rate Homeownership loans are provided to qualified persons directly by USDA Rural Development. Financing is also offered at fixed-rates and terms through a loan from a private financial institution and guaranteed by USDA Rural Development for qualified persons. Neither one of these home loan programs require a down payment.
USDA Rural Development also offers competitive grants to public and private non-profit Self-Help Housing organizations and Federally Recognized Tribes to enable hardworking families to build their own homes.
Rural Development Single Family Housing Programs:
- Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans
- Single Family Housing Home Loan Guarantees
- Housing Preservation Grant
- Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grants
- Rural Housing Site Loans
Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants provide funds to elderly and very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards, perform necessary repairs, improve or modernize a home, make homes accessible for people with disabilities, or make homes more energy efficient so these very-low-income families use less of their income on utility bills.
For more information about Single-Family Housing Programs or to find out if you are qualified contact your local USDA Rural Development office.