News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021927
ContactMike Buethe402-437-5574
Lincoln, Nebraska, Aug 30, 2013 --

@@Housing eligible for Rural Development programs must be located in rural areas or communities of 20,000 or less.  The communities of Norfolk and Columbus in Nebraska were previously eligible for USDA Rural Housing programs based on special provision of the law that “grandfathered” these communities as eligible rural areas, until the receipt of the 2010 census. 

Implementation of the 2010 Census Data is on schedule to be effective October 1, 2013 that will modify the eligible rural areas for the USDA Rural Development housing programs. The communities of Columbus and Norfolk exceed the 20,000 population limit based on the 2010 census data.  Therefore, these communities will no longer remain eligible for the USDA Housing programs effective October 1, 2013, barring any Congressional action that extends the current eligibility areas. The future ineligible areas can be viewed on the USDA Eligibility website at under the section “Future Eligible Area” on the left margin of the website and click on the link for Single Family Housing and then click on the map for Nebraska. 

Ineligible areas determined not to meet the rural definition for USDA Rural Development Housing programs will include the following areas as of October 1, 2013:

Columbus Area - new

Fremont Area

Grand Island Area

Hastings Area

Kearney Area

Lincoln Area

Norfolk area - new

North Platte Area

Omaha Area

Complete Single Family Housing direct and guarantee loan applications received by Rural Development on or before September 30, 2013, will not be subject to the new ineligible rural area designations that are scheduled on October 1, 2013. Applications received by close of business on September 30, 2013 and processed on/after October 1, 2013, due to state loan processing times, will be subject to the newly designated rural areas if the application is incomplete.

You may contact any of local field office Single Family Housing staff or the state office Rural Housing Division in Nebraska regarding the proposed changes or questions concerning a complete application.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).