Illinois Housing Development Authority Announces Application Deadline for the Hardest Hit Program

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is announcing the wind down of the Illinois Hardest Hit program, a federally funded initiative that helps those facing foreclosure to stay in their homes. Homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgages due to unemployment, underemployment or financial hardship are encouraged to apply for up to $35,000 in mortgage payment assistance before the program closes on April 30. Interested homeowners can apply online for free at www.illinoishardesthit.org and will be automatically linked with a local housing agency that will answer questions, prescreen for eligibility and assist homeowners in preparing the application and assembling the required supporting documentation. Originally launched in September 2011, the Hardest Hit program provides up to $35,000 in forgivable assistance to homeowners who have experienced a 15% reduction in income due to a qualifying financial hardship. Hardships include unemployment or underemployment, decrease or loss of business income, loss of income due to disability or health-related event, or the death or divorce of a spouse or titleholder of the house. The program reinstates delinquent mortgages by paying all mortgage arrearage, fees and penalties, and will and makes loan payments on behalf of the borrower for up to 12 months. The assistance lets eligible homeowners stay in their home while they work to regain employment and financial stability. As of April 2019, 20,147 Illinois families have received mortgage payment assistance through the program. The U.S. Department of the Treasury established the Hardest Hit Fund in 2010 to provide targeted assistance to families in states hit hard by the economic and housing market downturn. HHF is funded through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and Illinois was initially approved to receive $446 million in 2010. IHDA, as the state housing finance agency, was chosen to administer these funds. In December 2015, President Obama signed the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 114-113), which, through Senator Durbin’s leadership, transferred an additional $2 billion from TARP to the HHF program. After the completion of the two funding rounds, Treasury allocated $269 million in Hardest Hit Funds to Illinois, bringing the net funding received to over $715 million. As the state’s Housing Finance Agency, IHDA administers the program and used funds to create five foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization programs to assist at-risk homeowners. Free applications for the program are available online through IHDA’s Illinois Hardest Hit website until April 30, 2019: www.illinoishardesthit.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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