- Volume 19, Number 1
- Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
- Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga
New Public Data Available on USDA Rural Housing Service’s Single-Family and Multifamily Programs
Corianne Payton Scally
U.S. Department of Agriculture (former)
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The Rural Housing Service (RHS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency has released a comprehensive set of public data on its direct and guaranteed loans across its single-family and multifamily housing program areas. These data are available for free download via a periodic release on data.gov and available to the public to map along with select public demographic, social, and economic variables compiled and maintained by PolicyMap. This article briefly describes the RHS data available by program area, discusses the challenges and limitations inherent in the data, and recommends some potential uses for future research on U.S. rural housing.
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