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H. C. Covington (ach1@sprynet.com)
Sat, 27 Dec 1997 04:26:44 -0600

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From: HAC News <hacnews@ruralhome.org>
Date: Tuesday, December 23, 1997 7:09 PM
Subject: _HAC News_ 12/19

December 19, 1997
Vol. 26, No. 23

Most rural welfare recipients work hard but remain in poverty,
according to a new HAC study on rural housing and welfare.  Even before
welfare reform, many of them earned more than half their income.  Using
1995 American Housing Survey data, the report finds, however, that
despite their hard work about two thirds of them lived below the poverty
level, and more than half of them also had major housing problems.
Other key findings of the report include the following: More than one
quarter of rural households have a major housing problem–high cost,
physical deficiency or overcrowding. *  The most critical housing
problem in the United States, including in rural areas, remains the gap
between what people can afford to pay and the cost of their homes. *
Almost one quarter of rural households pay more than 30 percent of their
incomes for housing, defining them as "cost burdened" under federal
standards; this includes more than three million rural households who
pay more than half their incomes for their housing and 4.9 million
paying between 30 and 50 percent. *  Housing problems are even worse for
rural welfare recipients, more than half of whom have major housing
problems. *  More than four of every ten rural poverty-level households
pay more than 50 percent of their incomes for housing. *   One third of
rural households in severely physically inadequate homes have incomes
below the poverty level. *  Minorities in rural areas are
disproportionately likely to be poor and to experience housing
problems.    One third of all rural African-American households, and
almost a third of rural Hispanic households, are cost burdened. *  Rural
African-American households are far more likely to live in housing with
serious physical inadequacies than are rural white households or urban
African-Americans. *  Native Americans suffer some of the worst housing
conditions in the United States.
Entitled Rural Housing and Welfare Reform, the report is the most
recent installment in HAC's State of the Nation's Rural Housing series
and was funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Copies are available from HAC for $6.00 each, which includes postage and
handling.  To order, mail a check to HAC, call Luz Rosas, HAC,
202-842-8600 or visit http://www.ruralhome.org.

AmeriCorps funding available; applications due 2/6.  The Corporation
for National and Community Service is offering new and renewal funding
for AmeriCorps program grants.  See Federal Register, 11/28, pp.
63318-63319.  For more information about the national program, call the
Corporation, 202-606-5000, ext. 125; for Indian Tribes and U.S.
Territories information, use ext. 188.

HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo announces national homeless information
line.  By calling 800-HUD-1010, volunteers can get information on ways
to help the homeless in their own communities.

HAC will survey farmworker housing conditions in the East Coast migrant
stream in FY 1998. Recently approved by the federal Office of Management
and Budget, the project will be conducted in partnership with Farmworker
Health Services, Inc., a health care outreach organization serving East
Coast migrants.  The survey will address exterior and interior housing
quality problems, overcrowding and cost burden, in addition to other
relevant data.  HAC plans to expand the survey to the Midwest and
Western migrant streams in FY 1999.  Any questions concerning the
project may be directed to Chris Holden, HAC, 202-842-8600.

Web sites: http://www.nonprofitjobs.org lists housing and community
development job openings. * HAC's Web site, http://www.ruralhome.org,
offers our publications list and information about loans and services.

Conferences: The Coalition of Community Development Financial
Institutions will sponsor its national institute 1/29-1/31 in
Washington, D.C.  For more information, contact Monifa Williams, CDFI,
215-923-5363. *    MAFO will sponsor a conference titled "Fields of
Hope, Dreams and Justice," 2/1-2/5 in Phoenix, Ariz. For more
information, call MAFO, 308-534-2630.  *  Neighborhood Reinvestment
Corp. will sponsor a training institute 2/9-2/13 in Atlanta, Ga.  For
more information, contact Neighborhood Reinvestment, 202-376-2642 or

HUD Secretary's Opportunity and Empowerment Award nomination deadline
is 1/21.  Award focuses on good planning in housing development and
other fields; application fee is $80 for nonmembers of the American
Planning Association.  For more information, contact Sarah Polster, APA,
202-872-1497, ext. 1006.


   H O U S I N G  A S S I S T A N C E  C O U N C I L
Heidi I. Jones 202-842-8600
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