In February 2010, the Obama Administration announced $1.5 billion in Housing Finance Agency Innovation Fund dollars for the US Treasury’s Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF). Through the federally funded initiative, state housing finance agencies received funding in support of innovative programs intended to stabilize the local housing markets and help families avoid foreclosure.
In September 2010, the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) was awarded over $20 million under the HHF to implement an effort we named HomeSaver, the Agency’s foreclosure prevention program for District of Columbia homeowners. HomeSaver Phase I has been an unqualified success in yielding an 83% approval rate and assisting 696 unemployed and underemployed homeowners. This mortgage assistance phase of the HomeSaver program has now ended, however, for more information about the success of the program, click here to read the HomeSaver Success Story or click here to view the HomeSaver Quarterly Reports.
HomeSaver Phase I – Mortgage Assistance Program
HomeSaver Phase I is a resource for eligible (see Fact Sheet) District of Columbia homeowners that have fallen behind on their mortgage payments due to unemployment or under employment.
On June 27, 2016 DCHFA relaunched the HomeSaver Phase I mortgage assistance program after receiving additional funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
In February 2016, the Treasury Department announced plans to obligate up to $2 billion in additional Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds to the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) and extend the program through 2020. DCHFA received an allocation of $4,924,602 following this announcement.
On April 20, 2016 the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the recipients of the final $1 billion allocation in funds under the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF). The Agency was one of 13 HFAs selected from a competitive application process to receive funding in this fifth and final round. DCHFA was awarded $3,123,331 as a part of this second phase of allocation. Both awards bring the Agency’s total amount of HHF funding granted this year to $8,047,933.
HomeSaver Phase I FAQs
HomeSaver Phase II – Tax Lien Extinguishment Program
DCHFA now offers a Tax Lien Extinguishment component of its HomeSaver Program. Under its new Tax Lien Extinguishment component, DCHFA will make a one-time payment to extinguish the delinquent real property taxes for all eligible District of Columbia homeowners. DCHFA has expanded its eligibility criteria to include homeowners at risk of foreclosure due to delinquent real property taxes or at risk of eviction due to tax sale foreclosure.