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Rural Housing

Family standing on a porch.

Rural communities face unique housing challenges from environmental agents, geographic isolation, underinvestment, lack of technical services, and high costs. Rural citizens, and the programs serving them, rely on accurate and current information to best address their needs. Find available federal- and state-government informational resources for rural housing here.

Information and Financial Resources

Housing Repair Resources

Search Library Resources

USDA Employees

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides a wide range of electronic resources to authorized USDA employees via DigiTop. You can search several resources at once using NAL's SEARCH tool, Navigator or Google Scholar. Searching databases individually can yield more manageable results. NAL librarians are happy to help you with your searches.  You will also find tips for using advanced search techniques on our How to Search page.   If you find items that aren't available in full-text, reach out to our document delivery staff to request it.

These DigiTop resources should be the most useful when searching for rural housing information :

Business Source Premier

CAB Abstracts


Environment Complete

GeoBase and GeoRef

JSTOR Life Sciences Archive

Natural Science Collection


Non-USDA staff

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides public access to USDA created electronic resources via our SEARCH tool.  The default search box searches our catalog and articles database (AGRICOLA), PubAg, and the NAL Digital Collections.  Links at the top of the SEARCH page allow you to search each of those resources individually.   You will find tips on using advanced search techniques on our How to Search page.

Many databases NAL uses are also available through public and university libraries.  You might also try Google Scholar.  Your local librarian can help you develop the most effective Internet searches and obtain full text articles. 

Historical Information

Housing in Rural America

Better Homes In America Guidebook 1926 - cottage

This digital exhibit features material from the National Agricultural Library's (NAL) Special Collections, Digital Collections, and General Collection.  It provides a snapshot of housing types, plans, programs, policies, and trends in rural America.

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