Rural Development, Inc. (RDI) is a non-profit corporation launched by Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). RDI was incorporated in 1991 to address those housing needs that HRA could not adequately or efficiently address as a public housing authority. Though HRA and RDI are separate entities, each with their own board of directors, they share staff.
Since inception, RDI has developed over 100 affordable homeownership units, and 8 rental housing projects totaling 118 units, with another 33 under construction in Sunderland. RDI has provided development consultation to numerous other historic and mixed-use projects in Franklin County.
RDI’s mission is to advance the right of all people in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region to occupy environmentally responsible, energy efficient, affordable housing and to improve economic independence. Further, RDI strives to promote environmental awareness, and to operate in a manner that is respectful of the rural character of our region.