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USDA/RHS RIN: 0575-AC96 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Rural Development Voucher Program 

RHS will issue a proposed rulemaking to set forth the design features of the Rural Development Voucher Program, including the eligibility of tenants, the inspection of the housing units, and the calculation of the subsidy amount.  A rule will provide clarity of policy and provide consistency in program implementation. Since Fiscal Year 2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has received funding for its Rural Development Voucher Program as authorized under section 542 of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended (42 USC 1490r). Under section 542, the voucher offers assistance to very low-income families and persons residing in rental housing in rural areas. This program has been operating since 2006 using a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published annually in the Federal Register incorporating the supplemental appropriation requirements.

On August 13, 2013, RHS published a nonsignificant proposed rule in the Federal Register. The proposed rule added subpart Q to 7 CFR 3560, specifically for the Voucher Program. A sixty-day comment period was provided that ended October 15, 2013 (78 FR 49374- 49379). Significant time has passed since the initial publication of the proposed rule. RHS proposes to submit a subsequent proposed rule to issue permanent regulations that reflect the statutory provisions in section 542 of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended. This proposed rule will also provide procedural guidance for the Rural Development Voucher Program.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 3560   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1490r    Pub. L. 108-447, sec. 542   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Proposed Rule  08/14/2013  78 FR 49374   
NPRM  09/00/2020 
NPRM Comment Period End  11/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Joan Atkinson
Senior Finance and Loan Analyst
Department of Agriculture
Rural Housing Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0782,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:813 752-1474