Washington Report

Advocacy Updates from Washington D.C.

Congress Extends Definition of Rural

As part of the Farm Bill, Congress passed legislation to extend the definition of "rural" for the purposes of rural housing programs, through the 2030 census.  The current definition requires a community to not be part of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and have a population under 35,000. All existing communities will continue to meet the definition through the 2030 census. The legislation passed by Congress will also exempt certain transitory populations from a communities eligible populations.  Prisoners housed within a community will not be counted, and only a percentage of personnel on a military base will be counted. This is a win for rural communities, who rely on the programs Rural Housing Service of the Department of Agriculture.  
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