HUD No. 08-111
July 23, 2008
STATEMENT BY HUD SECRETARY STEVE PRESTON ON PENDING HOUSING LEGISLATION
WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today issued the following statement regarding housing legislation that is being debated by the U.S. Congress.
This legislation is a mixed bag. The proposed legislation takes important steps to provide stability and confidence in the financial markets and in the institutions that support American's ability to gain access to affordable mortgages.
Yet, the bill ties our hands and denies us the proper tools to help more families. FHA has recently expanded its ability to refinance homeowners trapped in subprime adjustable rate mortgages. As we help more struggling families, FHA has implemented a fairer, more flexible pricing structure.
Unfortunately, this legislation would ban FHA's ability to charge differential pricing. Now, FHA will be required to increase prices on all customers or eliminate its refinancing program for subprime borrowers at a time when they need it the most.
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 and espanol.hud.gov. For more information about FHA products, please visit www.fha.gov.