Joe Belden

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Joe Belden is Deputy Executive Director at the Housing Assistance Council.

Rural Housing: An Election Day Post-Mortem

For those of us in the rural housing silo, the most significant November 4 result may be a fairly ho-hum and fully expected re-election in Eastern Kentucky. In the nation’s most rural Congressional district, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) ran against the same Democratic opponent he defeated in 2012 with 78 percent of […]

So Why Are Those Rural Housing Programs at USDA Anyway?

Housing folks often wonder why the U.S. Department of Agriculture has rural housing programs. The answer goes back to the...

ARRA Adds Resources for Rural Mortgages and Persistent Poverty Counties

The American Recovery and Revitalization Act of 2009 (ARRA) included substantial funds for rural America, much of it targeted to low-income homeownership and some...