The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it will offer relief to disaster victims of the recent California wildfires, including foreclosure suspensions and other assistance to certain homeowners in the affected counties.
“President Donald J. Trump Approves California Disaster Declaration”- The White House, office of the Press Secretary
The fires are being called the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history. About 3,000 homes – 5 percent of its housing stock – were destroyed in Santa Rosa alone, and a disaster declaration was made for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties.
HUD also announced it would be sharing information with FEMA and the state on housing providers that could have available units in the impacted counties including public housing agencies and multifamily owners.
Here are the programs HUD announced are available for homeowners in the declared disaster area:
- Immediate foreclosure relief: HUD announced it will grant a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures for Federal Housing Administration-insured home mortgages. HUD explained there are tens of thousands of FHA-insured homeowners in the impacted areas.
- Forbearance and loan modification options: HUD is offering forbearance and loan modifications for FHA borrowers in the disaster areas.
- Making mortgage insurance available: HUD will provide FHA insurance to disaster victims who have lost their homes and must rebuild or buy another home. Borrowers are eligible for 100% financing, including closing costs from FHA-approved lenders.
- Making insurance available for both mortgages and home rehabilitation: HUD’s Section 203 loan program enables homeowners who lost their home to finance the purchase or refinance of a house along with its repair through a single mortgage. It also allows homeowners who have damaged homes to finance its rehabilitation.