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DUTY TO SERVE data


The Duty to Serve Program will award Duty to Serve credit for very low-, low-, and moderate income families tied to specific high needs and high opportunity areas as defined by the Duty to Serve regulation.  These areas include:

  • Rural areas
  • Indian tribe areas
  • High opportunity areas

The Duty to Serve regulation has specific definitions for each of the high needs and high opportunity areas identified in the regulation.  This page identifies the specific geographies which qualify for Duty to Serve credit, for each particular definition.  All geography is based on the 2010 Census.


Rural Areas

FHFA's Duty to Serve regulation defines "rural area" as:  (1) a census tract outside of a metropolitan statistical area, as designated by the Office of Management and Budget; or (2) a census tract in a metropolitan statistical area, as designated by the Office of Management and Budget, that is outside of the metropolitan statistical area's Urbanized Areas as designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural-Urban Commuting Area Code #1, and outside of tracts with a housing density of over 64 housing units per square mile for USDA's RUCA Code #2. Below is a link to the specific geographies which meet the Rural Areas definition.


Indian Tribe Areas

The Duty to Serve regulation identifies members of a Federally recognized Indian tribe living in Indian areas as a high-needs rural population that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may serve in rural areas. Below is a link to the specific geographies which meet the Indian Areas definition.


High Opportunity Areas

FHFA's Duty to Serve regulation defines residential economic diversity to include Enterprise activities that support financing of mortgages in high opportunity areas. High opportunity areas for purposes of Duty to Serve, include areas designated by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a "Difficult Development Area" (DDA), as well as areas designated by a state local Qualified Allocation Plan as a high opportunity area, whose poverty rate is lower than the rate established by FHFA. Below is a link to the specific geographies which meet the High Opportunity Areas definition.


Rural Areas Data



Year Format Dictionary Map

2017

[ZIP]

[PDF]

[PDF]

2016

[ZIP]

[PDF]

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Indian Tribe Areas Data



Year Format Dictionary

2017

[ZIP]

[PDF]




High Opportunity Areas Data



Year Format Dictionary

2017

[ZIP]

[PDF]

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