Housing Assistance: An Inventory of Fiscal Year 2010 Programs, Tax Expenditures, and Other Activities

U.S. Government Accountability Office

Section 521 Rural Rental Assistance Payments

Administering Agency/Entity Department of Agriculture
Short Description Provides rental assistance payments for tenants in USDA-financed rental housing with incomes too low to pay the Rural Development (RD) subsidized rent from their own resources. RD pays the property owner the difference between the tenant’s contribution (30 percent of adjusted income) and the monthly rental rate, which is calculated based on the owner’s project costs. Property owners must agree to operate the property on a limited profit or nonprofit basis.
Primary Purpose Assistance for rental property owners
Type of Housing Supported Rental Housing
Type of Assistance Direct payment
Fiscal Year 2010 Obligations $979,000,000

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