HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 08-103
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
For Release
July 10, 2008

Foreclosure protection offered to displaced families in 27 counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to 27 storm-ravaged counties in South Dakota and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following severe storms and flooding.

This assistance includes foreclosure relief for families whose homes are insured through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) living in Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Butte, Charles Mix, Clay, Dewy, Douglas, Gregory, Haakon, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jackson, Lawrence, Lyman, McCook, Meade, Mellette, Moody, Perkins, Stanley, Tripp, Turner, Ziebach, and portions of Cheyenne River Reservation, the Crow Creek Reservation, and
Lower Brule Reservation that lie with the counties (more counties may be added in the coming days/weeks).

A presidential disaster declaration triggers a variety of federal assistance including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

"These storms, and the flooding they produced, are tearing people's lives apart and we must offer substantive
relief to these families," said Preston. "To speed this recovery, we're calling for a 'foreclosure time-out' to offer FHA-insured families a little breathing room as they confront the rebuilding process."

HUD is granting immediate foreclosure relief - In certain storm and flooded ravaged counties, HUD granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages and strongly recommended that loan servicers take such actions as special forbearance, loan modification, refinancing, and
waiver of late charges.

In addition, HUD is:

  • Offering states the ability to re-allocate existing federal resources toward disaster relief - HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs give the State the flexibility to redirect millions of
    dollars to address critical needs, including housing and services for tornado victims. HUD is currently
    contacting State and local officials to explore their needs for streamlining the Department's CDBG and HOME programs in order to expedite the repair and replacement of damaged housing;

  • Making mortgage insurance available - HUD's Section 203(h) program provides FHA insurance to disaster
    victims who have lost their homes and are facing the daunting task of rebuilding or buying another home. Borrowers are eligible for 100 percent financing, including closing costs;

  • Making insurance available for both mortgages and home rehabilitation - HUD's Section 203(k) loan program enables those who have lost their homes to finance the purchase or refinance of a house along with its
    repair through a single mortgage. It also allows homeowners who have damaged houses to finance the rehabilitation of their existing single-family home; and

  • Offering Section 108 loan guarantee assistance - HUD will offer state and local governments federally guaranteed loans for housing rehabilitation, economic development and repair of public infrastructure.

For more information about these and other HUD programs designed to assist disaster victims, visit


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