Community Development Digest

Rural community development

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USDA's Rural Housing Agency Likely Headed to HUD

Rural housing development, long under the Agriculture Department’s (USDA) administrative umbrella, may be shifted to HUD. Our sources at HUD describe efforts to merge the two Cabinet-level agency housing programs in HUD as one of the chief topics under consideration for the department’s reorganization plan. The plan is required under President Donald Trump’s March 13 executive order, “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganization of the Executive Branch.”

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CFDL Loan Program Aims to Enhance Rural Communities

The CFDL program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

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