| Kristine Foye
May 26, 2006
HUD ANNOUNCES RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HELP NEW ENGLAND DISASTER RELIEF
Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a number of resources it is making available
in areas affected by the flooding in New England.
President Bush declared parts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine federal disaster areas on May 25,
2006, which puts into motion federal recovery programs designed to help those affected.
"As soon as the President issued the disaster declaration, we took immediate action to protect FHA mortgage
holders in the affected areas," said Taylor Caswell, HUD regional director."We also are giving municipalities the flexibility to use their HUD funding to address immediate needs."
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is the arm of HUD that insures mortgages against default. The resources also include enabling states and local communities to access HUD funds for recovery efforts.
FHA-Insured Mortgages of Single Family Homes
- Delinquent Mortgages. On a case-by-case basis, HUD will forbear mortgages that are delinquent.
This policy applies if the homeowner becomes delinquent as a result of temporary disruptions in
employment due to the disaster. For more information mortgage holders can call 1-800-CALL-FHA.
- Moratorium on Foreclosures. HUD is directing mortgage lenders to delay foreclosure in federally
declared disaster areas for a period of 90 days from the date the President declared the disaster. The
moratorium applies to the initiation of foreclosures and foreclosures already in progress. Homeowners
who find themselves in this situation can call 1-800-CALL-FHA for assistance.
- Servicing Actions. In addition to the moratorium, HUD strongly recommends lenders take actions to
protect homeowners whose properties were directly affected. These include mortgage modification,
refinancing, and waiver of late fees. For more information, call 1-800-CALL-FHA.
- Financing Home Rehabilitation. HUD's Section 203(k) program enables homeowners who have damaged
houses to refinance existing debt to make needed repairs to their homes.
- Mortgage Insurance for Disaster Victims. HUD has a special mortgage insurance program, Section
203(h), to assist disaster victims. The program allows people whose residences were destroyed or
damaged to such an extent that reconstruction or replacement is necessary to be eligible for 100 percent
financing for a new home. For more information, call 1-800-CALL-FHA.
Community Planning and Development Funding (awarded to states and municipalities)
- Redirecting HUD Grants. Community Development Block Grant, HOME, and Emergency Shelter Grant
recipients may redirect previously awarded funding to disaster recovery activities. Grantees should
contact their local HUD office for guidance and approval.
- HUD is in the process of working with housing authorities to assess damage and to identify funding
sources for needed repairs.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet