The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is a national nonprofit corporation established in 1971 to increase the availability of decent and affordable housing for rural low-income people. HAC provides below-market financing, technical assistance, training, research, and information services to the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors. HAC is governed by a 27-member board of directors. Board members include representatives of private industry, government, and public and nonprofit housing agencies at the national, state, and local levels. HAC is an equal opportunity lender.


HAC’s mission is to improve housing conditions for the rural poor, with an emphasis on the poorest of the poor in the most rural places. To fulfill this mission, HAC’s major program and policy goals are to:

  • Preserve and increase the stock of low-income rural housing and promote rural community development;
  • Assist in the creation and expansion of housing development capacity in rural areas;
  • Increase the use of low-income rural housing and community development programs by minorities and women in underserved areas;
  • Promote a strong, effective, and supportive governmental role in rural low-income housing and a broader public understanding of rural America;
  • Provide information and education about rural housing needs and poverty to the public;
  • Proactively analyze the changing resource needs for housing production in rural areas, design national programs to address resource gaps, and seek partnerships to help fund them.

Housing Assistance Council

1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Suite 606
Washington, DC 20005
202-842-8600 (voice)
202-347-3441 (fax)

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