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Ttaking_stock2010_Cover_thbaking Stock: Rural People, Poverty, and Housing in the 21st Century 

Print Copy: $30.00

Nearly 30 years ago the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) published Taking Stock, one of the first comprehensive assessments of rural poverty and housing conditions in the United States. Since the 1980s, HAC has prepared an updated Taking Stock every ten years following the release of decennial Census data. Now HAC presents the newest edition of Taking Stock, using data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey (ACS) to describe the social, economic, and housing characteristics of rural Americans.
December 2012, 160 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-58064-171-5

 

 New Publications/Updates

 

From Service to Shelter: Housing Veterans in Rural America
Print Copy: $6.00
April 2014, Rural Research Report 

Housing Remains Unaffordable for Minimum Wage Workers
Print Copy: $2.00
HAC's analysis of Out of Reach 2014 from the National Low Income Housing Coalition
April 2014, Rural Research Note 

Looking to the Future: Youth and Housing in Rural America
Print Copy: $4.00
March 2014 edition of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. 

A Perplexing Year for Rural Housing: Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 USDA Rural Housing Program Obligations
Print Copy: $2.00
February 2014, Rural Research Note

Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 USDA Rural Housing Program Obligations Year End Report
Print Copy: $10.00
In Fiscal Year 2013, USDA’s Rural Development (RD) Agency obligated approximately $23.4 billion in loans, grants, and loan guarantees which were used to build, purchase, repair, or support 177,387 units of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in rural areas.
January 2014, Rural Research Report 

Filling the Gaps, Creating Housing Options for Seniors in Rural Communities
Print Copy: $4.00
Fall 2013 edition of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine

As Overall USDA Rural Development Program Funding Shrinks, the Need for Rental Assistance has Grown
Print Copy: $3.00
This research note discusses the importance of USDA Rural Development's 515 rental assistance program for rural communities.
November 2013, Rural Research Note 

Housing Our Heroes: Veteran in Rural America
Print Copy: $3.00
This research briefs examines the demographics and housing conditions for veterans in the U.S.
November 2013, Rural Research Brief 

Housing in Central Appalachia
Print Copy: $4.00
This excerpt from Taking Stock details the housing, economic and social characteristics in the Central Appalachian region.
November 2013, Rural Research Note 

Housing Conditions for Farmworkers
Print Copy: $4.00
This excerpt from Taking Stock details the housing, economic and social characteristics for Farmworkers.
November 2013, Rural Research Note 

Housing in the Lower Mississippi Delta
Print Copy: $4.00
This excerpt from Taking Stock details the housing, economic and social characteristics of the Lower Mississippi Delta region.
October 2013, Rural Research Note 

What is the QRM? And what does it mean for rural mortgage markets?
Print Copy: $2.00
October 2013, Rural Policy Note

Housing  on Native American Lands
Print Copy $4.00
This excerpt from Taking Stock details the housing conditions prevalent on Native American Lands. 
September 2013, Rural Research Report

Housing in the Border Colonias
Print Copy: $4.00 
This excerpt from Taking Stock details the housing, economic and social characteristics of the Border Colonias region.
September 2013, Rural Research Report 

Rural Poverty Increases, While the U.S. Poverty Rate Remains Unchanged

Print Copy: $2.00
HAC's Analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012 report reveals that the number of people in poverty in rural America increased by 400,000 from 2011-2012.
September 2013, Rural Research Note 

Understanding Rural Homelessness
Print Copy: $2.00
Rural homelessness differs from urban and suburban homelessness. The image of an individual sleeping on the street, clearly visible to those passing by, is much less frequent in rural America.
August 2013, Rural Policy Note

Hunger and Housing in Rural America: Intersecting Challenges and Solutions
Print Copy: $4.00
Summer 2013 Issue of Rural Voices,  HAC's quarterly magazine.

Special Oklahoma Tornado Supplement to Picking Up the Pieces: Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After a Disaster
Print Copy: $2.00
On May 19th and May 20th, 2013, tornados as large as a mile-wide ravaged significant areas of Central Oklahoma. Many affected families and individuals are only now coming to terms with the reality of the devastation. This guide provides general information for those affected by the storms.
2013, 3 pages, Publication Supplement

7 Issues Facing Rural America
Print Copy: $4.00
The Spring 2013 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. 

Poverty in the United States - Map poverty-map-web-400w 

Print Copy: $5.00
June 2012 - Poster

 

LIST OF HAC PUBLICATIONS (alphabetical by title)

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Accounting & Financial Operations for Nonprofits in Rural Housing
Print copy: $4.00
Provides an overview of critical accounting and financial areas for which nonprofits are responsible.
2nd ed. 2004, 42 pages, ISBN 1-58064-050-8

Administration Proposes Eliminating Many Rural Housing Programs in FY 2009 Budget
Print copy: $1.00
Summarizes selected portions of President Bush’s proposed Fiscal Year 2009 budget and discusses their implications for rural housing. Budget analyses for past years are also available upon request.
2008, 4 pages

Affordable Green Building in Rural Communities
Print copy: $5.00
Explains how community organizations succeed in developing affordable green housing despite unique rural challenges.
2007, 52 pages, ISBN 1-58064-155-5

Affordable Green Building in Rural Communities
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2007

Affordable Housing Program, The
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2006

Affordable Rural Senior Housing

Print Copy: $4.00
Winter 2011 - 2012 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's Quarterly Magazine.

After the Disaster: Rural Communities Respond
Print copy: $4.00
Winter 2005-2006 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

America's Rural Heroes: Housing for Rural Veterans
Print copy: $4.00
September 2012 Issue of Rural Voices,  HAC's quarterly magazine

Analysis of the Supplemental Poverty Measure
Print Copy: $1.00
- November 29, 2011

Appalachia: Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future
Print copy: $4.00
Summer 2006 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Aspiring Homeowners Receive Assistance
Print copy: $4.00
Winter 1998-1999 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

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Best Practices in Revolving Loan Funds for Rural Affordable Housing
Print copy: $5.00
Analyzes four case studies of rural revolving loan funds, identifies similarities and differences, and provides specific advice for those seeking to establish such funds.
2003, 71 pages, ISBN 1-58064-127-X

Border Colonias Region: Challenges and Innovative Approaches to Effective Community Development
Print copy: $5.00
Detailed case studies highlight successful approaches to improving housing and infrastructure conditions in the colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border. Also outlines the key challenges faced by colonia residents, and some broad policy recommendations based on the experiences of local groups.
1998, 69 pages, ISBN 1-58064-084-2

Brief History of Rural Mutual Self-Help Housing in the United States, A
Print copy: $4.50
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been funding mutual self-help housing since the early 1960s. The self-help housing model uses homeowner contributed labor to reduce the costs of their homes. This report provides a historical overview of the USDA program, including a brief narrative summary and detailed tables, updated through Fiscal Year 2011.
2011, 80 pages, ISBN 1-58064-014-1

Building a Brighter Future in the Colonias
Print copy: $4.00
Winter 2009 - 10 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. Nonprofit organizations working across the region illustrate the work being done to organize colonias residents, build affordable housing, and improve infrastructure in the colonias.

Building Affordable ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes
Print copy: $4.00
This guide serves as a tool for rural nonprofit organizations building ENERGY STAR qualified homes, outlining the basic steps, providing advice from home energy raters, and sharing best practices from affordable housing developers in the field.
2009, 24 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-161-6

Building Capacity, Building Homes
Print copy: $4.00
Summer 2006 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

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Case Studies on Lending in Indian Country
Print copy: $4.00
Describes some partnerships between tribes and lenders to produce privately funded housing on trust lands.
1996, 19 pages, ISBN 1-58064-017-6

Case Studies on Rural Housing and Welfare Reform
Print copy: $7.00
Presents case studies of seven rural counties with high rates of welfare use. Discusses gaps in service provision and housing assistance. Describes collaborative ventures between social service and affordable housing providers.
2001, 93 pages, ISBN 1-58064-114-8

CDBG Works for Rural Communities
Print copy: $4.00
Summer 2006 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Celebrating 30 Years of Building Rural Communities
Print copy: $4.00
Fall 2001 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Commitment to Capacity, A
Print Copy: $5.00
This report examines HAC's loan fund on the occassion of its fortieth year of funding rural affordable housing. 
June, 2012

Community Land Trusts and Rural Housing
Print copy: $4.00
Examines use of communal ownership of land for the development or preservation of housing for low- and very low-income households. Describes the conceptual, legal, and financial structures of a community land trust (CLT), explores the application of the CLT model to rural low-income housing development, and offers case studies of several developed and planned rural housing CLTs.
1993, 34 pages, ISBN 1-58064-058-3

Conducting Homeless Counts on Native American Lands: A Toolkit
Print Copy: $4.50
This flexible toolkit highlights steps, tools, and methods that can be used to complete an accurate homeless count on AIANHH lands. The toolkit is based upon past research as well as interviews with key stakeholders in the field.
2013, 50 pages, ISBN 1-58064-174-6 

Connecting the Dots: A Location Analysis of USDA’s Section 515 Rental Housing and Other Federally Subsidized Rental Properties in Rural Areas
Print copy: $10.00
Examines where Section 515 rental developments are located with respect to other federally subsidized rentals and reviews their role in their rural communities’ rental housing networks. Discusses the policy implications of the research findings and makes recommendations.
2008, 64 pages

Continua of Care Best Practices: Comprehensive Homeless Planning in Rural America
Print copy: $8.00
Examines four rural jurisdictions that have successfully implemented HUD's continuum of care model, which urges a collaborative approach to homeless assistance.
2002, 61 pages, ISBN 1-58064-122-9

Cost Based Appraisals on Native American Trust Lands: A Longitudinal Analysis
Print copy: $4.00
Investigates issues contributing to difficulties in applying standard appraisal procedures on Indian reservations, and presents a longitudinal analysis of changes in value of homes built on trust lands.
1999, 23 pages, ISBN 1-58064-099-0

Creating the Village: How Mutual Self-Help Housing Builds Community
Print copy: $5.00
Describes how mutual self-help construction does more than simply build affordable homes: it builds neighborhoods, strengthens families, and creates wealth.
2005, 40 pages, ISBN 1-58064-139-3

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Designing and Implementing Rural Individual Development Account Programs
Print copy: $4.00
Uses surveys, a location analysis, and case studies to examine rural implementation of Individual Development Accounts, which are matched savings accounts that help low-income families accumulate money to achieve specific asset-building goals such as home purchases or repairs. Identifies characteristics of successful rural IDA programs and policy changes that could further increase their usefulness.
2006, 43 pages, ISBN 1-58064-143-1

Developing Organizations and Leaders
Print copy: $4.00
Winter 1999-2000 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

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Easing the Transition: Housing Assistance for TANF Recipients
Print copy: $5.00
Identifies specific obstacles rural welfare leavers face when they search for affordable housing and describes how states have addressed these obstacles.
2005, 32 pages, ISBN 1-58064-138-5

Effects of Housing Development on a Rural Community's Economy, The
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 1997

Environmental Concerns in Choosing a Site for Rural Housing Development
Print copy: $4.00
Presents information on a variety of environmental issues and how to conduct preliminary or detailed research about a site.
Revised ed. 2000, 68 pages, ISBN 1-58064-045-1

Environmental Concerns in Choosing a Site for Rural Housing Development
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 1996

Environmental Review: A Guide for Applicants Seeking HUD or USDA Rural Development Financial Assistance
Print copy: $5.00
Describes environmental review processes required for rural housing development when requesting financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.
2007, 60 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-157-9

Estimating Potential Changes to USDA RD's Eligible Area Designations
Print $2.00
September 2011, Research Note

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Fair Housing, the Zoning Process, and Land Use Politics in Rural Areas
Print copy: $5.50
Examines the role of land use and zoning politics in NIMBY situations, and how fair housing issues may be raised. Outlines common patterns and characteristics of NIMBY conflicts, using examples from four cases to illustrate creative responses.
1998, 35 pages, ISBN 1-58064-091-5

Fair Market Rent Out of Reach for Many, Especially for Minimum Wage Earners
Print Copy: $2.00
An average wage for renters in nonmetropolitan America id="mce_marker"0.01, which falls $3 short of the hourly Housing Wage necessary to afford FMR housing.
2013, 3 pages, Rural Research Note 

Faith-Based Initiatives and Housing Development
Print copy: $4.00
Summer 2001 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Farmworker Housing: Turning Challenges into Successes
Print copy: $4.00
Summer 2005 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Federal Programs and Local Organizations: Meeting the Housing Needs of Rural Seniors
Print copy: $5.00
Case studies show how rural counties have accessed substantial federal funding for elderly housing.
2001, 50 pages, ISBN 1-58064-111-3

Foreclosure in Rural America: An Update
The diversity of rural mortgage markets, combined with a lack of access to accurate data, create ongoing challenges to understanding and addressing the mortgage default and foreclosure problem in rural America. This report provides new information to update, What is the Housing Foreclosure Situation in Rural America?, HAC's initial report and assessment of the foreclosure situation in rural America.
February 2011, 19 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-166-7, Rural Housing Research Note.

Formulas for Success: Housing Plus Services in Rural America
Print copy: $4.00
Examines a variety of ways rural organizations are implementing "housing plus services" models, providing coordinated affordable housing and social services to special needs populations. Includes case studies and a funding and information resources guide.
2006, 46 pages, ISBN 1-58064-146-6

From Bad to Worse: Rural Housing in the Administration’s FY 2008 Budget
Print copy: $3.00
Analyzes selected portions of President Bush’s proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 budget and discusses their implications for rural housing. Includes a program-by-program review of funding requests for USDA Rural Development and for HUD, as well as relevant programs in other departments.
2007, 24 pages, ISBN 978- 1-58064-154-8

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Get Smart? Growth, Development and Rural Housing
Print copy: $4.00
Winter 2001-2002 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Going for Green
Print copy: $4.00
Spring 2010 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. Learn more about nonprofit organizations working on building green affordable housing across the nation.

Guide to Appealing Rural Housing Service/Rural Development Decisions, A
Print copy: $4.00

Explains what decisions made by USDA Rural Development staff can be appealed, and how the appeals process works.
1998, 40 pages, ISBN 1-58064-048-6

Guide To Best Practices In Rural Rental Preservation, A
Print copy: $3.00
This guide offers a number of possible best practices for preservation of affordable apartments financed under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Section 515 Rural Rental Housing program.
2008, 30 pages

Guide to Federal Housing and Community Development Programs for Small Towns and Rural Areas, A
Print copy: $7.00
One of HAC's most popular publications. Provides brief descriptions of the uses of program funds and eligibility requirements for federal housing and development programs administered by USDA Rural Development (RD), the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and others. Includes contacts for further information about each program.
2003, 110 pages, ISBN 1-58064-126-1

Guide to Fundraising for Rural Nonprofits: Strategies for Raising Operating Funds
Print copy: $3.50
Shows rural housing nonprofits how to begin raising operating funds and explains how to develop a fundraising strategy. Includes a list of funders that have provided support for rural housing in the past.
2nd ed. 2004, 32 pages, ISBN 1-58064-083-4

Guide to Nonprofit Housing Organizations Serving the Colonias, A
Print copy: $7.00
Directory of organizations, programs, and resources that serve residents in the colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border, including contact information and descriptions as well as an analysis of colonias organizations.
2005, pages, ISBN 1-58064-135-0

Guide to the Community Reinvestment Act for Housing in Rural America, A
Print copy: $8.00
Explains how CRA impacts banks and savings and loan institutions and provides four case studies showing how rural organizations have used CRA.
2002, 70 pages, ISBN 1-58064-124-5

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HAC News
E-mail subscription or print subscription: free
The classic "little yellow newsletter," providing essential information on affordable rural housing. Includes national program and policy updates, summaries of Federal Register filings, findings from recent research reports, and much more. Subscribers also receive notices about HAC training sessions and conferences.
Every two weeks, 1 page, ISSN 1093-8036

HOME, CDBG, and Farmworker Housing Development
Print copy: $3.50
Presents four case studies of projects that have successfully and creatively developed or rehabilitated farmworker housing using the Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs.
1997, 70 pages, ISBN 1-58064-001-X

Homebuyer Education and Counseling: Examining Rural Provider Networks in Texas, Florida and South Dakota
Print copy: $4.00
A preliminary examination of the existing education and counseling organizational capacity identifies different problems in each state studied.
2000, 31 pages, ISBN 1-58064-106-7

Homeownership as an Asset in Rural America
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2005

Homeownership Education and Counseling
Print copy: $4.00
Spring 2003 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Housing and Water: The Critical Connection

Print copy: $4.00
Fall 2011 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's Quarterly Magazine.

Housing Assistance Council Annual Report, 2009
Describes the activities of HAC over 2009. 24 pages

Housing Assistance Council Loan Funds 1971-2001: 30 Years of Supporting Affordable Housing in Rural Communities
Describes the results of HAC's lending over its 30-year history.
2001, 24 pages, ISBN 1-58064-112-1

Housing Counseling in Rural America
Print copy: $7.00
Examines differences between rural and urban housing counseling needs, describes some of the counseling programs presently used in rural areas, and discusses possible ways of measuring counseling's effectiveness.
1997, 114 pages, ISBN 1-58064-003-6

Housing for Families and Unaccompanied Migrant Farmworkers
Print copy: $4.00
Through case studies, examines the need for and availability of housing suitable for migrant farmworkers traveling with families or unaccompanied.
1997, 56 pages, ISBN 1-58064-005-2

Housing for Persons with Disabilities in Rural Areas
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2001

Housing in Rural America
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2010

Housing in the Colonias
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2005

Housing in the Lower Mississippi Delta

Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2010

Housing in the Rural Midwest
Print copy: $4.00
Summer 1999 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Housing on Native American Lands

Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2006

Housing Problems in Central Appalachia
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2001

HUD Programs Information Sheets
Print copy: $1.00

HUD Report Finds Continued Increase in Worst Case Housing Needs 
Print Copy: $2.00
Nearly 8.5 million low-income families experience worst case needs and risk losing their homes due to struggles to pay rent or substandard conditions according to a new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report to Congress this month.
2013, 2 pages, Rural Research Note 

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Immigration and Housing in Rural America
Print copy: $5.00
Analyzes data on the growing foreign-born population in rural places, with case studies on the housing situations in three communities.
2007, 50 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-156-2

Improvement of Housing and Infrastructure Conditions in the Lower Mississippi Delta
Print copy: $4.00
Documents some successful approaches to improving housing and infrastructure in the Delta.
2000, 44 pages, ISBN 1-58064-101-6

Improving HMDA: A Need To Better Understand Rural Mortgage Markets
Print copy: $1.00

This Rural Housing Research note describes The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and provides an example of the limitations of available lending information for rural areas.
2010, 8 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-167-8, Rural Housing Research Note.

Initiatives in the Mississippi Delta
Print copy: $4.00
Spring 2000 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Innovative Designs for Nontraditional Households in Rural Areas
Print copy: $4.00
Examines case studies of innovative housing designs for nontraditional rural households.
2001, 40 pages, ISBN 1-58064-119-9

It's Not Hard Building Green: Green Affordable Housing in Rural America
Print copy: $4.00
Fall 2008 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. It is a review of best practices for green buliding in rural America.

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Lending on Native American Lands: A Guide for Rural Development Staff
To inquire about the availability of print copies, contact a USDA Rural Development office.
Update of a 1996 guide, prepared for USDA Rural Development to help housing program staff understand issues in lending on Native lands. Includes information about new USDA regulations and policies, and about resources from other sources. Sets out processes for USDA staff to use in making, closing, and servicing loans.
2006, 189 pages

Lessons from Disasters
Print copy: $4.00
Fall 2000 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Lessons in Leadership
Print copy: $4.00
Conference 2004 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Leveraging Funds for Section 514/516 Farmworker Housing Development
Cost for print copy: $5.50
Discusses the impact of changing how USDA's Section 514/516 farmworker housing program funds are awarded, describes state programs, and includes case studies of innovative ways local developers have combined Section 514/516 and other financing sources to develop housing for farmworkers.
1998, 38 pages, ISBN 1-58064-088-5

Linking Rural Housing and Social Services: Case Studies
Cost for print copy: $5.00
Information about successfully handling an important housing trend. Describes eight local rural programs that connect permanent housing with social services such as job training and placement, welfare and other income maintenance programs, and health care.
1998, 52 pages, ISBN 1-58064-082-6

Losing the Dream: The Foreclosure Crisis in Rural America
Print copy: $4.00
Spring 2008 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. Examines the impact of the mortgage crisis in rural places and programs that have helped families keep their homes.

Lost in the Translation: Smart Growth, Local Planning, and Rural Affordable Housing
Print copy: $4.00
Reports on the growth management initiatives of 13 states and the findings from a roundtable of rural housing experts and smart growth activists about the effect of smart growth on rural housing affordability.
2004, 41 pages, ISBN 1-58064-129-6

Low Income Housing Tax Credit for Nonprofits Developing Rural Rental Housing, The
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2002

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Making Housing Fair - Rural Enforcement and Collaboration
Print copy: $4.00
Summer 2009 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. Reflects on a significant piece of legislation for rural housing, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and its impact in rural communities.

Making it Work: Combating Rural Homelessness
Print copy: $4.00
Fall 2007 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. Illustrates some of the innovative ways rural homeless providers are accessing and using resources.

Making Rural Housing Programs Work in Indian Country: A Guide for Tribes and Tribal Housing Organizations
Print copy: $5.00
Explains ways to use USDA rural housing programs to improve Native American housing and demonstrates the connections between those programs and other resources.
2004, 85 pages, ISBN 1-58064-134-2

Manufactured Housing in Rural America
Print copy: $4.00
Summer 2003 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Housing
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2003

More Than Housing at Stake: Preserving Rural Rental Properties
Print copy: $4.00
Summer 2007 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. Provides updated information on preservation policy and resources, along with in-depth stories about rural preservation deals.

Mortgage Lending in Rural Communities
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2008

Moving Home: Manufactured Housing in Rural America
Print copy: $3.00
Illuminates some of the pros and cons of using manufactured homes to provide affordable, sustainable homeownership. Includes a data analysis and short pieces written by local rural housing providers, national organizations, and a representative of the manufactured housing industry.
2005, 52 pages, ISBN 1-58064-141-5

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Native American Housing
Print copy: $4.00
Spring 2004 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Nonprofit Capacity in the Lower Mississippi Delta Region

Print copy: $5.00
December 2011, 70 pages, ISBN: 978-1-58064-172-2

Nonprofit Capacity Self-Assessment Workbook for Community-Based Housing Organizations, A
Print copy: $4.00
To assist nonprofits to meet grant application requirements and other needs, this workbook helps them assess their own capacity and set goals for improving it.
2000, 42 pages, ISBN 1-58064-110-5

Nonprofit Sustainability: Doing More with Less
Print copy: $4.00
Fall 2009 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. Housing professionals share their experiences and perspectives on how to overcome economic downturns and create sustainable housing programs.

No Refuge From the Fields: Findings From a Survey of Farmworker Housing Conditions in the United States
Executive Summary
Print copy: $4.00
Reports on a survey of farmworker housing, which found that structural problems, broken appliances, and overcrowding were common.
2001, 69 pages, ISBN 1-58064-116-4

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Picking Up the Pieces: A Guide to Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After a Disaster
Cost for print copy: free for victims and community organizations in disaster areas, $5.00 for others

When a disaster strikes a rural area, one of the most serious problems may be a lack of information about resources and assistance available for recovery efforts. HAC's updated guide, Picking Up the Pieces: Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After a Disaster, is intended to help survivors and local organizations identify resources to rebuild their homes and communities. This report emphasizes housing assistance.
2012, 55 pages, ISBN 1-58064-004-4

Picking Up the Pieces: A Guide to Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After Hurricane Katrina
Cost for print copy: free for victims and community organizations in disaster areas, $5.00 for others
Explains federal and state temporary and long term resources for recovery from Hurricane Katrina's devastation in the Gulf Coast Region.
2005, 40 pages, ISBN 1-58064-140-7

Place for Everyone, A
Cost for print copy: $4.00
Spring 1999 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Policy and Rural Housing
Print copy: $4.00
Summer 2000 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Poverty in Rural America
Print copy: $1.00
Brief information sheet. 2010

Poverty in the United States - Map poverty-map-web-400w 

Print Copy: $5.00
June 2012 - Poster

Predatory Lending
Print copy: $4.00
Spring 2002 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Preserving Affordable Manufactured Home Communities In Rural America
Manufactured housing is an important yet often overlooked segment of our nation’s housing stock, especially in rural communities. Despite its importance to the American housing sector, there is a dearth of information on manufactured housing, particularly for homes in community or land-lease settings. This report presents a case study highlighting the process one rural manufactured home community undertook to convert from investor to cooperative resident ownership.
March 2011, 18 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-168-5, Rural Housing Research Note.

Preserving Rural Rental Housing
Print copy: $4.00
Winter 2004-2005 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Preserving Rural Rental Housing: A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations, Public Agencies, and Others
Explains ways to preserve USDA Section 515 rental housing.
2008, 32 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-159-3

Primer for Beginning Rural Housing Developers, A
Print copy: $4.00
A starting point for local rural organizations interested in learning to develop housing for low-income persons. Provides a basic overview of the housing development process, giving the reader the understanding necessary to move on to more detailed development information.
2011, 37 pages, ISBN 1-58064-033-8

Programs that Work: USDA RD Sections 502 & 523
Print copy: $4.00
Special Edition 2011 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Public Housing Authorities: Partnering in Rural Communities
Print copy: $4.00
Spring 2009 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. Explores the many ways in which rural PHAs have become vital partners in community development efforts.

Public Relations Guide for Rural Housing Organizations
Print copy: $5.00
Explains public relations for rural housing organizations, focusing on techniques that are effective but require little time or resources.
2005, 75 pages, ISBN 1-58064-132-6

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Rural Reentry: Housing Options and Obstacles for Ex-Offenders
Print copy: $5.00 
December 2011, 54 pages, ISBN: 978-1-58064-173-9

 

Race & Ethnicity in Rural America

Print Copy: $2.00
April 2012 - Research Note

Race, Place, and Housing: Housing Conditions in Rural Minority Counties
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Examines housing conditions, trends, and needs in rural counties with consistently high minority populations.
2004, 48 pages, ISBN 1-58064-133-4

Reinvesting in Rural Communities: Celebrating 30 Years of the Community Reinvestment Act
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Spring 2007 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Rehabilitating Affordable Rural Housing
Cost for print copy: $4.00
Winter 2008 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Rental Housing in Rural America
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Brief information sheet. 2003

Rental Housing in Rural Areas
Cost for print copy: $4.00
Fall 1999 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Run While You Still Can: Subprime Demand and Predatory Lending in Rural Areas
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Examines the growth of subprime mortgage lending and predatory lending in metro and nonmetro counties through data analysis and a case study. Recommends ways to increase access to mainstream credit to protect rural communities from predatory lending.
2004, 80 pages, ISBN 1-58064-131-8

Rural Boomtowns: The Relationship Between Economic Development and Affordable Housing
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Examines four case studies, finding that rapid economic development may cause shortages of affordable housing.
2000, 44 pages, ISBN 1-58064-102-4

Rural CHDOs: Building Capacity, Building Homes
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Fall 2010 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine. CHDOs from across the country share their experiences, describing the certification process, as well as the challenges and opportunities of being a rural CHDO.

Rural Fair Housing Complaints and Enforcement
This report provides an analysis of over 91,000 fair housing complaints in HUD’s TEAPOTS dataset. The analysis of TEAPOTS data includes information on the number and types of fair housing violations filed with HUD and FHAP agencies in rural counties from fiscal year (FY) 1998 to FY 2008.
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March 2011, 35 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-165-4

Rural Homelessness
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Brief information sheet. 2006

Rural Housing and Health
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Fall/Winter 2002 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Rural Housing and the Federal Budget Process
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Brief information sheet. 2001

Rural Housing and the Federal Legislative Process
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Brief information sheet. 2001

Rural Housing and Welfare Reform: HAC's 1997 Report on the State of the Nation's Rural Housing
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Analyzes data on income, demographics, and housing conditions for all rural residents and for those receiving welfare before welfare reform took effect.
1997, 72 pages, ISBN 1-58064-060-5

Rural Housing Goes Green
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Fall 2005 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Rural Housing Issues and Recommendations
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Brief information sheet. 2007

Rural Housing Production
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Summer 2002 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Rural Development (USDA) Housing Programs Information Sheets
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[Rural Development's] Rural Housing Service's Section 502 Rural Homeownership Direct Loan Program: A Guide for Applicants
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Explains requirements for the Section 502 direct loan program, which provides mortgage loans to low- and very low-income households purchasing homes in rural areas, and how to apply.
1999, 210 pages, ISBN 1-58064-008-7

[Rural Development's] Rural Housing Service's Section 504 Loan and Grant Program for Very Low-Income Homeowners: A Guide for Applicants
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Explains requirements for the Section 504 loan and grant program, which provides home repair funds for very low-income homeowners in rural areas, and how to apply.
1999, 90 pages, ISBN 1-58064-009-5

[Rural Development's] Rural Housing and Community Development Service Housing Preservation Grant Program: A Guide for Applicants
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Explains requirements for the Section 533 grant program, which provides funds for repair and reconstruction of rural housing, and how to apply. Includes sample application.
1995, 170 pages, ISBN 1-58064-036-2

[Rural Development's] Rural Housing Service's Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program: A Guide for Developers
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Explains requirements for the Section 538 program, which guarantees loans for the development of multifamily rental housing for low-and moderate-income tenants in rural areas.
2000, 50 pages, ISBN 1-58064-104-0

Rural Housing Research Note: What is the Housing Foreclosure Situation in Rural America?
White paper, October 2009, 23 pages.

Rural Infrastructure
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Summer 2004 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Rural Land Acquisition and Pre-Development Guide, A
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An updated version of a classic HAC guide. Explains the site evaluation and acquisition process, step by step.
2001, 88 pages, ISBN 1-58064-109-1

Rural Research Notes - Taking Stock 2012

Rural Research Notes is a series presenting data and findings from the recently released 2010 Census and American Community Survey (ACS).


The Rural Research Notes series will preview HAC’s decennial Taking Stock report - a comprehensive assessment of rural America and its housing. Since the 1980s, HAC has presented Taking Stock every ten years following the release of Census data.  The newest Taking Stock report will be published in 2012.

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 - Research Notes

Rural Research Notes: Poverty 09

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Brief Information sheet. 2009

Rural Rental Housing: HAC's 1999 State of the Nation's Rural Housing Report
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Uses data and discussions with experts to describe rural renters, their homes, and their housing challenges.
2000, 56 pages, ISBN 1-58064-098-2

Rural Rental Housing Prepayment and Preservation
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Brief information sheet. 2006

Rural Rental Housing Preservation: Current Policy Issues
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Brief information sheet. 2006

Rural Rental Housing Preservation: Legislative Proposals
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Brief information sheet. 2007

Rural Rental Housing Preservation: Purchase Processes
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Brief information sheet. 2006

Rural Rental Housing Preservation and Nonprofit Capacity to Purchase and Preserve Section 515 Projects
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Identifies the locations of Section 515 rental developments and nonprofit housing groups. Includes two case studies of successful nonprofit buyouts of Section 515 projects, maps, and county-by-county information on projects, markets, and nonprofits.
2002, 179 pages, ISBN 1-58064-121-0

Rural Seniors and Their Homes
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Describes the demographic characteristics and housing conditions of elderly rural residents. Provides examples of successful assistance to low-income rural seniors, using both public and private funding, and examines reductions in federal funding.
2004, 40 pages, ISBN 1-58064-128-8

Rural Seniors and Their Homes
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Brief information sheet. 2011

Rural Voices

Cost for print subscription: first subscription free, additional copies $16.00/year, $4.00/single copy
Magazine covering rural housing and development issues. Articles on current topics like green building, analyses of rural housing conditions around the country, and descriptions of solutions that work, written by the community-based rural housers who make them work. Published quarterly. 20-24 pages. ISSN 1093-8044.


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-November 3, 2011



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Section 8 Homeownership: A Guide for Rural Housing Practitioners
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Identifies ways that community organizations can help lower income rural Americans purchase homes with aid from the relatively new Section 8 Homeownership Program.
2005, 29 pages, ISBN 1-58064-137-7

Self-Help Housing
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Fall 2003 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Self-Help Housing Development Process in Rural Areas, The
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Describes the mutual self-help process from start to finish. Best practices illustrate land acquisition issues, management of self-help building groups and ways to secure affordable permanent financing.
1997, 54 pages, ISBN 1-58064-026-5

"Should We Do It Ourselves or Hire Someone Else?": A Rural Property Management Planning Guide
Available in text format or in PDF format.
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Introduces rural nonprofits to the issues they need to consider when deciding whether to manage their own properties or hire professional management companies.
2000, 32 pages, ISBN 1-58064-107-5

Strengthening Community-Based Housing in the Mid-South Delta: A Policy Development Paper
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Presents recommendations for increasing housing development capacity in the Mid-South Delta region.
2001, 76 pages, ISBN 1-58064-118-0

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taking_stock2010_Cover_thbTaking Stock: Rural People, Poverty, and Housing in the 21st Century

Nearly 30 years ago the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) published Taking Stock, one of the first comprehensive assessments of rural poverty and housing conditions in the United States. Since the 1980s, HAC has prepared an updated Taking Stock every ten years following the release of decennial Census data. Now HAC presents the newest edition of Taking Stock, using data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey (ACS) to describe the social, economic, and housing characteristics of rural Americans.

Taking Stock: Rural People, Poverty, and Housing at the Turn of the 21st Century
Executive Summary
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Reviews rural America's residents, their economic conditions, and their homes, using data from the 2000 Census and other sources along with case studies describing some of the poorest parts of the rural United States. Print copy includes two poster maps, showing poverty and housing conditions in every county in the United States.
2002, 158 pages and two poster maps, ISBN 1-58064-125-3

Tax Credits and Rural Housing
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Winter 2003-2004 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

Telling Our Story – Marketing Affordable Housing
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Spring 2005 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

They Paved Paradise . . . Gentrification in Rural Communities
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Examines the dynamics of gentrification and its impact on housing affordability in rural communities, using case studies illustrating urban sprawl, in-migration of people attracted by natural amenities, and in-migration of retirees.
2005, 57 pages, ISBN 1-58064-136-9

Through Partnership & Promise: Ten Years of the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program in Rural Communities
Reports on the impact of the first ten years of the Housing Assistance Council/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development partnership for the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), which helps families achieve homeownership.
2006, 28 pages, ISBN 1-58064-149-0

Through Partnership ... Progress: 35 Years of Building Rural Communities
Marks HAC's 35th anniversary with a detailed review of the achievements of HAC's loan fund.
2006, 28 pages, ISBN 1-58064-148-2

Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Housing and Community Development Strategies in Rural Population Loss Counties
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Illustrates successful strategies used by rural communities in the Great Plains states that have experienced population loss.
2007, 54 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-151-7

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USDA Rural Development Housing Programs, FY2008 Year-End Report
Provides a review of USDA rural housing activity. In Fiscal Year 2008, Rural Development (RD) obligated approximately $8.9 billion which built, repaired, or supported over 200,000 units of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in rural areas.
2009, 167 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-162-3

USDA Rural Development Housing Programs, FY2009 Year-End Report (temporarily unavailable)
Provides a review of USDA rural housing activity. In Fiscal Year 2009, Rural Development (RD) obligated approximately $19 billion which built, repaired, or supported over 350,000 units of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in rural areas.
2011, 136 pages, ISBN 1-58064-169-5

USDA Section 514/516 Farmworker Housing: Existing Stock and Changing Needs
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Provides an overview of the USDA Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing stock, as well as an exploration of current trends in the migrant population.
2006, 43 pages, ISBN 1-58064-147-4

USDA Self-Help Housing Program Supports rural Minority Homeownership
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Brief information sheet. March 2011

Utilizing the Low Income Housing Tax Credit for Rural Rental Projects: A Guide for Nonprofit Developers
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Explores the purpose, use, and history of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, focusing on how rural nonprofits can best utilize this program to develop rental housing.
1997, 112 pages, ISBN 1-58604-007-9

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Very Low-Income Loan Obligations Within USDA’s Section 502 Direct Homeownership Loan Program
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This publication reports the findings of HAC's research on factors that have contributed to the decreasing rate of very low-income loan obligations and  recommends strategies to address these challenges.
2010, 36 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-164-7

What Are We Missing? HMDA Asset-Excluded Filers

This research report addresses concerns and fills the knowledge gap of HMDA analysis by analyzing publicly available financial filings for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)–insured banks and thrifts. Using these data, the research identified small lenders with assets falling below the annual HMDA threshold over a 12-year period and evaluated their financial portfolios and the populations they serve.
August 2011, 58 pages, ISBN 978-1-58064-163

What is the QRM? And what does it mean for rural mortgage markets?
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October 2013, Rural Policy Note

What is “Rural”? Working Towards a Better Programmatic Definition
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This report examines the most common ways of identifying rural places.
2008, 64 pages, ISBN 1-58064-150-4

Why Housing Matters: HAC's 2000 Report on the State of the Nation's Rural Housing
Executive Summary
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Combines analyses of data and other studies with stories of people who explain housing assistance's impact on them.
2000, 38 pages, ISBN 1-58064-108-3

Why Housing Matters
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Winter 2000-2001 issue of Rural Voices, HAC's quarterly magazine.

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