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USDA Eligibility Maps have been Updated! Here’s how to search in your area.

March 23rd, 2018 by Sean Stephens

When will the USDA Eligibility Maps go into effect and how do you find out if your area is still considered rural?

In today’s video, I will discuss in detail the updated USDA Eligibility Maps. Including, how to determine what areas will become ineligible, and key dates on when it becomes effective.

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Comment Period for USDA Eligibility Maps

For a quick background on today’s topic, after a comment period that commenced on December 1, 2017, certain areas had been selected for further review in order to determine if their USDA eligibility would contiUSDA Eligibility Mapsnue.

On a positive note, I took action and participated by submitting detailed reports during this comment period and they were able to help preserve the Florida USDA Eligible Areas of Sebring and Zephyrhills.

However, because of population increases and other factors, there are many areas that unfortunately lost their eligibility.

As a result, on March 16, 2018 Rural Development announced the release of the updated USDA Area Eligibility map which shows both the current and proposed ineligible areas that went into effect on June 4, 2018.

How to Determine Eligibility:

USDA Eligibility Maps

  1. First off, you will need to access the USDA Income and Property Eligibility Site. Click here for access: USDA Eligibility Maps
  2. Once on the site, click on the “Single-Family Housing Guaranteed” program in the upper left-hand corner.
  3. Then you can either select the “Property Eligibility” tab for all currently eligible properties or the “Proposed Ineligible Areas” tab for any areas that will be ineligible as of June 4th, 2018.
  4. Next, you will click on “Accept” in the lower right-hand corner.USDA Eligibility Maps
  5. Finally, you will be taken to the USDA Eligibility Map where you can enter a specific address and press GO! Or you can manually navigate to find a general area of interest.

Obviously, USDA eligibility is dependent on whether the address is within a USDA marked area. If you are not sure if about an area’s eligibility, please call my office so we can review and advise.

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