Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program


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Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)


Offers loan guarantees to approved lenders providing financing to individuals and families with low or moderate income to obtain safe, clean, modest, affordable homes in rural areas. Reduces the risk to lenders, allowing them to extend 100% financing to eligible homebuyers who are unable to secure credit from other sources. Loan funds may be used to:

  • Purchase new or existing residential property, including detached, attached, condos, planned unit developments (PUDs), modular, and manufactured dwellings
  • Build a home
  • Make renovations or repairs associated with the purchase of an existing home
  • Refinance an eligible loan, for existing USDA borrowers only
  • Prepare a site for a home, including grading, foundation plantings, seeding or sod installation, trees, walks, fences, and driveways
  • Purchase essential household equipment, such as wall-to-wall carpeting, ovens, ranges, refrigerators, washers, dryers, heating and cooling equipment

Amount of Funding

Loan amounts are determined by the market value, purchase price and acquisition costs of the property, including closing costs and reasonable/customary expenses associated with the purchase.

Interest rates vary and are determined by individual lenders. The program offers 30-year fixed rate loans only, and there is no down payment or minimum credit score required to receive a loan.

Who Can Apply

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Agree to occupy the property as their primary residence
  • Meet the income eligibility, which cannot exceed 115% of median household income
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Buildings and Facilities • Capacity Building

Application Process

Contact a Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program nationally approved lender of your choice to discuss specific loan terms and start the application process.

Applicants are encouraged to contact their preferred private or state-based lender to learn if they are an approved lender with USDA Rural Development. Applicants are also encouraged to compare lenders in order to find the best available service and financial options for their loan.


For program questions:
Contact your preferred Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program nationally approved lender

Topics This Program Addresses

Housing and Homelessness