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.

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

Rent Supplements_Rental Housing for Lower Income Families
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To make good quality rental housing available to low income families at a cost they can afford....more

Mortgage Insurance for the Purchase or Refinancing of Existing Multifamily Housing Projects
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To provide mortgage insurance to HUD-approved lenders for the purchase or refinancing of existing multifamily housing projects, whether conventionally financed or subject to federally insured mortgage...more



Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To expand the supply of housing with supportive services for the elderly, including the frail elderly....more

Mortgage Insurance_Single Family Cooperative Housing
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To provide insured financing for the purchase of the Corporate Certificate and Occupancy Certificate for a unit in a cooperative housing project. Ownership of the corporate certificate carries the rig...more

Operating Assistance for Troubled Multifamily Housing Projects
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To provide loans to restore or maintain the physical and financial soundness, to assist in the management and to maintain the low-to moderate-income character of certain projects assisted or approved ...more

Housing Counseling Assistance Program
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To counsel homeowners, homebuyers, prospective renters and tenants under HUD, conventional and other government programs in improving their housing conditions and in meeting the responsibilities of te...more






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