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The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) administers single-family and multifamily mortgage insurance programs within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It provides mortgage insurance for the purchase of single- and multifamily housing targeted to low and moderate-income families. FHA insures lenders against losses in case of mortgage default, enabling private industry to construct and rehabilitate multifamily housing, single-family homes, and assisted living facilities for low and moderate-income families and individuals. FHA plays an indispensable role in extending home financing to low-income homebuyers and other traditionally under-served populations.
 
HFAs and FHA Insurance
State HFAs use FHA single-family mortgage insurance in combination with Mortgage Revenue Bonds (MRBs) and other funding sources to finance modestly priced homes for first-time homebuyers. HFAs will often provide down payment assistance in connection with FHA-insured loans to help responsible homeowners who cannot afford a large down payment.
 
FHA Reform
During the recent economic crisis, FHA's lending increased substantially as it played a countercyclical role in helping to boost the weakened housing market. Partly as a result of this increased role, the FHA's single-family programs have recently experienced financial difficulties, causing some to push for strong returns to FHA's homeownership lending. 
NCSHA supports efforts to help FHA shore up its fiscal balance, but cautions policymakers to be careful not to overreach and price responsible low-and moderate income borrowers FHA traditionally serves out of the housing market. 
 
Helpful link: HUD's FHA Web Page

NCSHA Blog Posts

  • May 21, 2015
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    Earlier this week, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing examining the Rural Housing Service (RHS) and the role it plays in the single-family mortgage market. During the hearing, Subcommittee members debated the findings of a 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that suggested that RHS's single-family lending programs be consolidated with similar programs administered by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The witnesses at the hearing were Tony Hernandez, the Administrator of RHS, and Mathew Scire, the Director for Financial Markets and Community Investment at GAO.

  • May 5, 2015
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    HUD recently announced that it is making adjustments to its Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP) to help more struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. Specifically, HUD will impose a 12-month foreclosure moratorium on all loans sold through DASP and create more opportunities for nonprofit organizations to participate in the program.

    News

    • June 7, 2012
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      The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) urged Congress today to strengthen FHA’s affordable multifamily lending capacity by enhancing its already successful partnership with state Housing Finance Agencies (HFA). NCSHA advocated for authorizing Ginnie Mae to securitize Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured multifamily loans under the FHA-HFA Risk-Sharing program to help address the nation’s growing need for rental housing. These remarks were made during testimony before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity hearing on FHA multifamily mortgage insurance programs.

    • June 7, 2012
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      The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) urged Congress today to strengthen FHA’s affordable multifamily lending capacity by enhancing its already successful partnership with state Housing Finance Agencies (HFA). NCSHA advocated for authorizing Ginnie Mae to securitize Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured multifamily loans under the FHA-HFA Risk-Sharing program to help address the nation’s growing need for rental housing. These remarks were made during testimony before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity hearing on FHA multifamily mortgage insurance programs.

      FHA Insurance - Resources

      • March 2, 2015

        The Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees are the committees of jurisdiction over all HUD programs, including the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Section 8. The committees also oversee the housing Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBs).

      • February 27, 2015
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        The 2015 NCSHA Congressional Handout is available for download here. This effective tool may be used when speaking to members of Congress, state officials, and business partners alike. Filled with recent statistics and compelling graphics, this informational brochure may be used to share with your constituents the important work that HFAs do and why they do it.