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HUD No. 10-166F
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
October 7, 2010

32 States and Puerto Rico Will Receive Funds Through HUD's Emergency Homeowners Loan Program

NEW MEXICO - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator C. Donald Babers announced today that HUD will provide $10,725,515 to help struggling homeowners in New Mexico through its Emergency Homeowners Loan Program (EHLP).

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law by President Obama in July, authorizes HUD to administer a $1 billion Emergency Homeowners Loan Program, to provide assistance for up to 24 months to homeowners who have experienced a substantial reduction in income due to involuntary unemployment, underemployment, or a medical condition and are at-risk of foreclosure. HUD will assist borrowers in 32 states and Puerto Rico not otherwise funded by Treasurys Hardest Hit Housing Fund program, based on the states relative
share of unemployed homeowners. It is HUDs intention for the program to begin taking applications from eligible homeowners by the end of the year.

The Emergency Homeowner Loan Program will provide limited and targeted assistance to help working families get
back on their feet and keep their home while they look for work, said Mr. Babers. In crafting this new loan program, HUD built on the lessons learned from Treasurys Hardest Hit initiative to design and implement a program to assist struggling unemployed homeowners avoid preventable foreclosures. Together these two initiatives represent a combined $8.6 billion investment to help struggling borrowers and in doing so further contribute to the Obama Administrations efforts to stabilize housing markets and communities across the country.

Who Will Be Helped
The program will complement existing Administration efforts to assist struggling homeowners including the Home Affordable Modification and Hardest Hit Fund initiative administered by the U.S. Treasury Department. Under the

  1. the borrower must be at least three months delinquent in their payments and have a reasonable likelihood of
    being able to resume repayment of their mortgage payments and related housing expenses within two years.
  2. the property must be the principle residence of the borrower, and eligible borrowers may not own a second
  3. the borrower must have suffered at least a 15 percent reduction in income and have been able to afford
    their mortgage payments prior to the event that triggered the loss income.

How They Will Be Helped
The HUD Emergency Homeowners Loan Program will offer a forgivable, deferred payment bridge loan (zero percent interest, non-recourse, subordinate loans) for up to $50,000 to assist eligible borrowers with their mortgage arrearages and payments on their for mortgage principal, interest, mortgage insurance premiums, taxes and hazard insurance for up to 24 months.

There will be a dual delivery approach for program administration. The first approach will delegate some of the programs administrative functions to a designated third party. The second approach will enable state housing
finance agencies (HFAs) that operate substantially similar programs to engage in relief efforts on behalf of residents
of their state:

  • Delegated approach: HUD will delegate key program administration functions to NeighborWorks America
    an experienced and highly regarded national network of affiliated housing counseling agencies.Under the
    program, nonprofit housing counselors who are part of the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling
    Program administered by NeighborWorks America will coordinate intake counseling, document preparation
    and outreach functions. HUD will also use its delegation authority to contract with an experienced entity
    to provide loan servicing and fiscal control functions such as collecting payments from homeowners,
    distributing payments to servicers, and managing loan balances.

  • Substantially similar state law approach: State HFAs that operate loan assistance programs that are
    determined by HUD to be substantially similar to the EHLP will receive allocations to fund emergency loans
    for borrowers in their states as well as payments to cover the administrative costs of performing the intake
    and housing counseling and fiscal agent functions (described above) directly or indirectly through
    subcontracts with third parties.


HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; 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 ad enforces the nation's
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