Kentucky USDA’s Direct Home Loan Program

USDA’s Direct Home Loan Program


  • USDA Direct Housing Loans are less common than USDA Loan Guarantee Program loans and are only available for low and very low income households to obtain home ownership, as defined by the USDA. Very low income is defined as below 50 percent of the area median income (AMI); low income is between 50 and 80 percent of AMI; moderate income is 80 to 100 percent of AMI. For these types of Rural Housing Loans, a borrower must contact the local USDA office directly.

USDA Rural Development has funding available for very low- and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area.
USDA’s Direct Home Loan Program offers financing to qualified very-low and low-income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as one percent with a subsidy. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines and demonstrate repayment ability. Generally, rural areas with a population less than 35,000 are eligible.
The maximum loan amount for repair is $20,000 at a one percent interest rate, repayable for up to 20 years. Grants of up to $7,500 are available to homeowners 62 and older and must be used to remove health or safety hazards, such as fixing a leaking roof, installing indoor plumbing, or replacing a furnace.