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Rural Capacity Building

The Rural Capacity Building Program (RCB) enhances the capacity and ability of local governments, Indian tribes, housing development organizations, rural Community Development Corporations (CDCs), and rural Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.

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Rural Voices

The Housing Assistance Council’s Fall edition of Rural Voices looks at some of the pandemic’s impacts on affordable rural housing efforts in the U.S.


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Rural Gateway

The Rural Gateway is an information clearinghouse providing technical assistance, training workshops, and peer learning and resource sharing to support rural housing and economic development.

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Rural Beneficiary Mapping Tool

In the FY 2018 NOFA, the definition of rural area was updated. For the grant program, a rural area is a statistical geographic entity delineated by the Census Bureau that does not meet the definition of an urbanized area. An urbanized area is a statistical geographic entity delineated by the Census Bureau, consisting of densely settled census tracts and blocks and adjacent densely settled territory that together contain at least 50,000 people. As of the 2010 decennial census, the United States contained 486 urbanized areas with an additional 11 in Puerto Rico.

For more information about urbanized areas, including maps, FAQs, and reference manuals, please refer to the Census Bureau website. To demonstrate that a beneficiary complies with the rural area requirement, grantees will be expected to implement a review process to confirm that the proposed rural beneficiary is physically located within an eligible rural area or, as a result of capacity building grant assistance, will be commencing or expanding service in an eligible rural area. HUD has created the embedded mapping tool for capacity building grantees to utilize in assessing a beneficiary’s compliance with the rural area definition.

Disclaimer: The Rural Beneficiary Mapping Tool is simply a tool to assist grantees and applicants in determining if an area is rural according to the definition. The applicant and/or grantee is responsible for making sure that any entity they serve qualifies as a rural area according to the definition of rural area in the NOFO.