Funding Update for the USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing Program

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Rural Housing Preservation and Stabilization Act of 2010

Yesterday April 27th, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Rural Housing Preservation and Stabilization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5017) by a vote of 352-62 to ensure that families in rural communities continue to have access to much-needed affordable mortgages at no cost to the taxpayers.  Through this legislation, the guarantee fee in the USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) Program may be raised to offset any need for Congressional appropriations.  H.R. 5017 would raise the cap on the amount of the annual premium that is charged to borrowers under the single-family loan guarantee program run by the Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service (RHS).  Additionally, H.R. 5017 would authorize USDA Rural Development to guarantee up to $30 billion in loans in Fiscal Year 2010.  This would represent an additional $18 billion in loan making authority for the remainder of the 2010 fiscal year. 

Before these changes can be implemented, similar legislative action will need to occur in the U.S. Senate. 

Following this action in the House, the USDA Rural Development National Office sent an announcement that stated: "Depending upon Congressional activity with the proposed legislation it is possible that the Agency may consider issuing Conditional Commitments." 

There has been a significant increase in demand for these loans as a result of the economic crisis over the past two years.  The number of rural home loans has tripled since 2006, while federal funding has failed to keep up with the growth of the program. As a result, the program is expected to run out of funding within days.  Last week the program exhausted over $496 million dollars in funding, leaving an average of 2.3 weeks of funds remaining.  This bill would make the program self-funded and will cut discretionary spending $24 million in 2010, according to the April 26th Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate report, if put in place by appropriations. 

Please share this information with your staff, as well as all Realtors and builders.  We will continue to keep you updated regarding available program funding, in addition to any legislative events pertaining to the USDA GRH Program.  In the meantime we encourage all to contact their local Senators and urge that they support the Rural Housing Preservation and Stabilization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5017).


For further information on the USDA Rural Housing Program, please visit our website

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Comments (5)

Jody Lautenbach
Century 21 Premier Associates - Pella, IA

That is goood news - come on buyers!

Apr 28, 2010 03:47 AM
David Krichmar - Legend Lending - Sugar Land, TX

GREAT INFO.  Thanks Jeff

Apr 28, 2010 04:02 AM
Jeff Wilmoth
HomeStar Financial Corporation - Newnan, GA

Hopefully the vote will take place very soon in the Senate.  I'd suspect that if the bill passes the Senate, USDA will then honor conditional commitments before Obama signs off.

Apr 28, 2010 11:00 AM

Hey Jeff,

What's the update on this program and how the funding is moving forward? Any idea based on where you see it?


May 04, 2010 11:21 AM
Jeff Wilmoth
HomeStar Financial Corporation - Newnan, GA

Hi Mike,

Seriously..."stay tuned".  I'm in the process of writing a new blog with updates and options


May 06, 2010 06:51 AM