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Affordable Housing in Rural America

Responding to a Great Need for Affordable Housing

Many of the nation’s rural communities struggle with persistently high rates of poverty. One in every four rural households in the U.S. is severely overburdened by housing costs. More than 40 percent lack basics like water, electricity and adequate heating and plumbing.  

Enterprise is helping rural communities respond to these challenges, and provide decent, green affordable housing for all residents by:

  • Advocating for support for rental assistance and other funding programs
  • Advancing best practices in green building and sustainability
  • Promoting the development of safe, affordable and green homes for farm workers, with a special focus on migrant worker communities in the Pacific Northwest and southwestern U.S.

Resources & Presentations

Enterprise Rural Program Fact Sheet

Since 1997, Enterprise has invested more than $800 million in grants, loans and equity, and developed more than 15,000 affordable homes in rural communities nationwide.

This fact sheet highlights our work and priorities, and profiles a family who found a safe place to call home at Chuska Apartments in Gallup, N.M. 
Affordable Green Building in Rural Communities

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) brought together green building organizations, local rural housing organizations with a history of green building, funding organizations, and other stakeholders. 

This report highlights the characteristics and challenges of green affordable housing with how practitioners are successfully developing this type of housing.
Preserving Affordable Rural Rental Housing: Investing in a Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Property

New construction of affordable rural rental housing has essentially ceased, making the preservation of existing housing a critical priority. Currently fewer than 450,000 units are in the federal Section 515 program.
 
This report is a step-by-step guide for potential buyers to assess and structure a purchase and includes case studies from Pennsylvania, Iowa and West Virginia.