The delay was “officially” announced yesterday by the USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Division – saying that unless they change their minds (which could happen – depending on what Congress does about the New definition of Rural) the 2010 Census maps changes will take place September 30, 2013
Here’s what we found as a notice by the Tennessee Office of the USDA regarding upcoming Map changes.
NOTICE: Rural Eligibility Requirements
At this time there is no change to program eligibility maps for USDA Rural Development loans, loan-guarantees and grants.
USDA Rural Development provides services targeted specifically to rural communities. The term rural is defined by law and varies by program based on a number of considerations, such as the program likely economic impact on rural communities and the availability of commercial or other alternative funding options.
By law, every decade the definition of rural is reassessed based on data from the latest US census. USDA will provide guidance concerning the impact of the latest census on eligible areas very quickly after Congress completes pending legislation that reauthorizes specific USDA Rural Development programs.