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USDA/RHS RIN: 0575-AC96 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Rural Development Voucher Program 

The Rural Housing Service (RHS) intends to publish a proposed rule that will propose modifications to the Voucher Program, which is expected to address the eligibility of tenants, the inspection of the housing units, and the calculation of the subsidy amount. Since Fiscal Year 2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has received funding for its Voucher Program as authorized under section 542 of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1490r). Under section 542, the voucher program 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 proposed rule in the Federal Register to add a subpart Q to 7 CFR part 3560 specifically for the Voucher Program. A 60-day comment period was provided that ended October 15, 2013 (78 FR 49374- 49379). As significant time has passed since that proposed rule, RHS will re-propose permanent regulations that reflect the statutory provisions in section 542 of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended. The proposed rule is expected to also provide procedural guidance for the 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 
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   
Proposed Rule  09/00/2022 
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:
Jennifer Larson
Department of Agriculture
Rural Housing Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 720-1615