Those who work to preserve decent, affordable rental housing in rural places have achieved notable successes – and have also encountered intense frustrations. Both are illustrated in the summer issue of Rural Voices magazine.
“There are some good preservation resources available and some good examples of things accomplished with them. But there can be some serious difficulties as well,” notes Moises Loza, executive director of the Housing Assistance Council, which publishes Rural Voices.
The magazine’s articles describe tools available from sources including federal and state governments, as well as two preservation deals that have not yet been completed because of problems with necessary approvals, local politics, and financing. Policy topics are covered also. Several authors make suggestions for improvements in preservation policy and practice.