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
Home Improvements [hud.gov]
Listing of federal loan and community-based programs for housing repair.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) [DHHS]
Information on government grants made to states and tribal organizations for heating or cooling assistance, energy crisis intervention, and low-cost residential weatherization or other energy-related home repair.
Repairing and Improving a Home [USA.gov]
Find help with home repairs and modifications. Learn about the free Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income households to improve the energy efficiency of homes.
Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants [rd.usda.gov]
Provides "loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards."
National Housing Data
American Housing Survey [census.gov]
This comprehensive national survey provides current information on housing size, quality, and composition of existing housing stock.
"[H]ousing data present[s] a comprehensive picture of housing in America."
National Statistics [nahb.org]
An array of industry statistics including building permits, material-pricing trends, employment, and new/used home sales.
Manufactured Home Financing [manufacturedhousing.org]
Financing a manufactured home can differ from site-built housing. Learn more and find industry resources.
Financing Manufactured (Mobile) Homes [hud.gov]
Title I loans are used to finance the purchase or refinance of a manufactured home and/or lot. This resource outlines the Title I program and guidelines for the borrowing process.
Housing Programs for Native Americans
Native American Direct Loan [va.gov]
Native American Housing [nal.usda.gov]
Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) [hud.gov]
Office of Tribal Relations [usda.gov]
Housing Programs for Veterans
Home Loan Program [va.gov]
Veteran Homelessness [hudexchange.info]
Housing in Rural America
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.