Housing is crucial to the quality of life and wellbeing for individuals and familes, but the availability of adequate or affordable housing also plays a vital role in community economic development. Rural areas face a substantial disadvantage compared to urban areas in regard to housing, and this book explores these issues.

Rural Housing and Economic Development includes chapters from nationally known experts from throughout the U.S. to provide insight to help understand and address the difficult housing concerns within rural areas. The chapters cover a variety of issues including housing for rural minorities, the extent of and problems associated with mobile home dwelling, the extent to which affordable rental housing is available in rural areas, the rapidly growing elderly population, and the housing consequences of rapid population and economic growth associated with energy development. The authors not only describe various housing problems, but also suggest policy approaches to more effectively address them.

This book will be a vital resource to policy makers at the local, state or national level as they grapple with difficult rural housing problems. Researchers and professionals dealing with housing issues will also benefit from the insights of these experts while the book will also be appropriate for upper level undergraduates or graduate students in courses on housing or economic development.

chapter 1|6 pages

Rural housing and economic development

ByDon E. Albrecht, Scott Loveridge, Stephan Goetz, Rachel Welborn

chapter 2|17 pages

The role of housing in rural behavioral health

ByBrandn Green

chapter 3|17 pages

Are rural areas underserved by HUD’s subsidy programs?

ByPaul E. McNamara, Han Bum Lee

chapter 5|28 pages

Reinvesting in rural America through affordable mortgage finance

ByKeith Wiley, Lance George

chapter 6|20 pages

National rural housing policy and programs

Opportunities and challenges
ByCorianne Payton Scally, Surabhi Dabir, David Lipsetz

chapter 7|23 pages

Sustainable housing development

The Hopi way
ByCarlos V. Licón, Ignacio San Martín

chapter 9|20 pages

The people left behind

A look at rural housing policy implications at the half-century mark
ByLeslie T. Grover, Tiffany W. Franklin, Eric Horent

chapter 10|18 pages

Manufactured home living across rural America

ByWilliam Dyar, Jungmin Lim, Mark Skidmore

chapter 11|20 pages

Housing challenges and policy implications of shale oil development in rural communities

ByFelix Fernando, Anne Junod, Jeffrey Jacquet, Robert Hearne, Lynette Flage

chapter 13|12 pages

Meeting rural housing needs through local community development 1

ByKim Skobba, Ebunoluwa Odeyemi, Karen Tinsley

chapter 14|23 pages

Home improvement investment in rural America

Spatial pattern and determinants
ByHaoying Wang