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In the wake of the nation's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the Administration enlisted state HFAs' help in solving some of the nation’s toughest housing problems. On February 19, 2010, President Obama announced the creation of the Hardest Hit Fund, a plan to provide $1.5 billion in funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to state HFAs in the five states (Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, and Nevada) hardest hit by unemployment and foreclosure to help them administer new foreclosure prevention programs. 

This initiative has since been expanded to include 13 additional jurisdictions that had sustained unemployment rates at or above the national average over the past year through June 2012. Participating agencies include the original five states as well as North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Alabama, Washington DC, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Tennessee. All total, the Administration has committed $7.6 billion through 2017 to help participating HFAs aide struggling homeowners.  

Since the initiative was first announced, HFAs have utilized Hardest Hit Funds in a variety of unique ways to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Treasury has taken a flexible approach to this program that allowed HFAs to tailor their individual initiatives to best fit the needs of their states. For example, some HFAs have received permission to use Hardest Hit Funding to remove blight in troubled neighborhoods. By the end of the second-quarter of 2013, HFAs had committed just over $1.65 billion to help almost 127,000 homeowners. 

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On February 19, President Obama spoke about the economy at a town hall meeting at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada. In his remarks he announced a $1.5 billion fund for housing financing agencies.

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NCSHA Blog Posts

  • July 24, 2015
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    Senate leaders have removed a provision that would have rescinded unobligated Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program funds from a transportation reauthorization bill (the DRIVE Act) that it is currently considering. NCSHA summarized the now-deleted provision in a blog post published yesterday.

  • July 23, 2015
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    Last night, the Senate voted 62-36 to begin consideration of the DRIVE Act (H.R. 22), which would reauthorize the federal Highway Trust Fund and other surface transportation programs for six years. To pay for the reauthorization, the bill includes several provisions that impact HFAs and the housing market.

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    Hardest Hit Foreclosure Initiative - Resources

    • 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.

    • November 8, 2010

      Treasury's Mark McArdle gave an overview of the Hardest Hit Fund program to a foreclosure prevention task force using this PowerPoint presentation.