The Opportunity Zones program was established by Congress in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act to spur long-term private sector investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. The program is based on the bipartisan Investing in Opportunity Act.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service (USDA RHS) encourages housing properties and community facilities financed through the Rural Housing Service to participate in the Summer Food Service Program.
Low-income, subsidized renters may have to pay higher rent, beginning sometime this year, if proposed changes to federal income and housing legislation is signed into law.
A recent report from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire raises concerns that pockets of rural communities could be undercounted in the 2020 U.S. Census.
The California Natural Resources Agency says that forests can provide more than lumber, pointing to an emerging “biomass” industry that could spur rural economic growth.