Federal Housing Programs

Buying a home is often the most significant investment that a person may make in his lifetime. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, in addition to offering a variety of mortgage insurance programs, supports numerous programs sponsored by state and local governments and nonprofit organizations across the country.

Many of these offerings provide assistance to first time home buyers.

HUD also offers excellent advice for making the home buying process as stress-free and rewarding as prossible. Check out their advice on Ninety Nine Questions Answered about Buying Your First Home.

What follows is a listing of all the programs supporting home purchase and home improvements from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Direct Housing_Natural Disaster
Rural Development
To assist qualified lower income rural families to meet emergency assistance needs resulting from natural disaster to buy, build, rehabilitate, or improve dwellings in rural areas. Funds are only avai...more

The Rural Development (RD) Multi-Family Housing Revitalization Demonstration Program (MPR)
Department of Agriculture
To preserve and revitalize existing rural rental housing and farm labor housing projects financed by RHS under Section 515 and Sections 514/516 of the Housing Act of 1949 and to ensure that sufficient...more

Interest Reduction Payments_Rental and Cooperative Housing for Lower Income Families
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To provide good quality rental and cooperative housing for persons of low-and moderate-income by providing interest reduction payments in order to lower their housing costs....more

Mortgage Insurance for Construction or Substantial Rehabilitation of Condominium Projects
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To enable sponsors to develop condominium projects in which individual units will be sold to home buyers....more

Mortgage Insurance_Housing in Older, Declining Areas
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To assist in the purchase or rehabilitation of housing in older, declining urban areas....more



Mortgage Insurance_Rental Housing
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To increase the supply of good quality rental housing for middle-income families....more

Mortgage Insurance_Rental and Cooperative Housing for Moderate Income Families and Elderly, Market I
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To provide good quality rental or cooperative housing for moderate income families, the elderly, and handicapped. Single Room Occupancy (SRO) may also be insured under this section (see program 14.184...more

Mortgage Insurance_Rental Housing in Urban Renewal Areas
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To provide good quality rental housing in urban renewal areas, code enforcement areas, and other areas designated for overall revitalization....more





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