The U.S. Treasury has allocated $699.6 million to CalHFA to help low and moderate income borrowers who have been hit hardest by unemployment and falling home values. These funds will be used for innovative programs to help stabilize the housing market.
The HFA Hardest-Hit Fund was designed to allow the maximum possible flexibility to Housing Finance Agencies in designing locally-focused programs that address the needs of a specific state or region within a state. All programs must have foreclosure prevention and housing market stability as their primary objectives.
CalHFA’s proposal, along with proposals from the four other states selected (Arizona, Nevada, Florida and Michigan) is due by April 16, 2010. The Treasury will then review each proposal for compliance with program objectives and other requirements. The Treasury expects that CalHFA may be in the position to begin drawing down funds within four to six weeks following submission of proposals, or mid-year.