Monday, September 30, 2013

Delayed Updating of Rural Development Maps

Update: Changes to the housing eligible areas map based on 2010 Census data scheduled to take effect 1/15/14, have been postponed to 10/1/14 by passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. View "Future Eligible Areas." Complete applications received before October 1, 2014, will continue to use rural area definitions based on 2000 Census data. -1/24/14

(NOTE: Oregon AN 1372 has been cancelled effective Oct. 18, 2013, due to the Continuing Resolution. See the above entry dated Oct. 18, 2013, for more information.)

Good news this morning from USDA... They have postponed the map changes!


Oregon AN 1372 

Guidance passed along from from Rich Davis, Acting Administrator, RHS is as follows:


 “We have received some questions regarding the implementation of the 2010 Census with respect to the SFH programs.  As you may recall, on March 27, 2013, we issued AN 4711, (see link at:  [www.rurdev.usda.gov] ) that provided guidance on the implementation of the 2010 Census data for use in the administration of direct loan, loan guarantee and grant programs across RD.  The AN reported that On March 26, 2013 the President had signed the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013” (the FY 2013 Appropriations Act).  The AN stated that language in the FY 2013 Appropriations Act extended the authorities and limitations of the FY 2012 Appropriations Act for the Rural Housing Service (RHS) housing programs (Single Family Housing and Multi-Family Housing Programs) pursuant to the Housing Act of 1949.   The AN explained that this meant that RD would need to defer transition to the 2010 census information for these RHS housing programs until the expiration of the FY 2013  Appropriations Act on September 30, 2013.  However, it now appears likely that in light of the proposed continuing resolution (CR), the RHS deferral of transition to the 2010 census will not expire on September 30, 2013 but will need to continue for some period after that. Consequently, all plans for implementing the 2010 Census, including three or five year periodic reviews, should be put on hold until further notice from the National Office.  As mentioned during the State Director teleconference on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013, we will be in a holding pattern until a CR is signed.  We will provide further guidance as soon as we can."



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