What We Do

Think for a moment about the image of rural America: close-knit communities where people are hard working and independent, small towns replete with family and friends, places where hard times are met by resilience and strength. Then think about neighborhoods across our nation where life is a constant struggle to get by, jobs are scarce, schools are marginal and it seems like there’s nowhere to turn. That’s where we work.
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Our Neighborhoods

We are building a place to call home – and it’s working! Through our work, poor communities become sustainable neighborhoods – good places to live.

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September 27, 2019

Casa Amigos/Strategic Investment Fund

NeighborWorks America’s Strategic Investment Fund helped support geographic expansion of Rural Neighborhood’s shared-housing model and that seed money is reaping dividends!  Casa Amigos – a 96-bed, 28-unit rental community at Esperanza Place in Immokalee recently received a $5.15M commitment from Florida Housing Finance Corporation toward 2020 construction.  Our shared-housing model enables unrelated adults to share… Read more »

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September 20, 2019

Rural Partners with Keys Community Land Trust

Maggie Whitcomb established the Florida Keys Community Land Trust in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma by assembling lots throughout Big Pine Key for the rebuilding of what was “ground zero” on September 10th, 2017. Generous local giving helped the land trust break ground on its four-initial, scattered- site Keys Cottages and set aside six… Read more »

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September 5, 2019

Revitalization at Esperanza Place: Land Development Leads to Investment

Rural Neighborhoods’ Eden Park-Esperanza Place Neighborhood Revitalization effort has led to a successful rebuilding approach. Esperanza Place PUD, a 32-acre parcel acquired by RN in 2015 and freshly entitled for new real estate development, serves as a launching pad for new neighborhood projects.  Instead of building out the parcels itself, RN identified neighborhood needs, e.g…. Read more »

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July 22, 2019

Tax Credits Awarded 174 Units in Alachua and Miami-Dade

Step one helping 174 households age 55 and older enjoy new affordable housing was successful as Florida Housing Finance Corporation allocated tax credits for Rural Neighborhoods’ Deer Creek Senior Housing in Gainesville and Cannery Row at Redlands Crossing in Naranja.  These new, planned rental communities of 72 and 112 units, respectively, are part of RN’s… Read more »

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July 12, 2019

Housing Symposium in Panama Beach: Innovative Solutions for Disaster Recovery

The challenge to bring affordable housing back to the Panama City area after Hurricane Michael devastated communities, triggered the need to find innovative solutions and learn from best practices from others who have endured the same process. On June 11, HUD led a disaster recovery best practices symposium with approximately 120 attendees from local and… Read more »

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It’s simple — 100% of your gift goes to the needs of working families. That’s our promise!

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