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.

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

Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To provide for supportive housing for very low-income persons with disabilities....more

Housing Finance Agencies (HFA) Risk Sharing
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Under Section 542(c), HUD provides credit enhancement for mortgages for multifamily housing projects whose loans are underwritten, processed, serviced, and disposed of by Housing Finance Agencies (HFA...more

Multifamily Housing Service Coordinators
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To link elderly, especially frail and disabled, or disabled non-elderly assisted housing and neighborhood residents to supportive service in the general community; to prevent premature and unnecessary...more







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