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Bulk of Mortgage-Related TARP Funds Remain Untouched

When Treasury issued the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in October 2008, it designated $45.6 billion for mortgage-related programs. However, a little more than four years later, when a few of the non-mortgage TARP programs have drawn to a close, more than $40 billion in mortgage relief remains unspent, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GOA).

When Treasury issued the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in October 2008, it designated $45.6 billion for mortgage-related programs.

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However, a little more than four years later, when a few of the non-mortgage TARP programs have drawn to a close, more than $40 billion in mortgage relief remains unspent, according to a ""report"":http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/651179.pdf from the ""Government Accountability Office (GOA)."":http://www.gao.gov/index.html

The three major programs the $45.6 billion was allocated to fund include the Making Home Affordable program with its keystone Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP); the Housing Finance Agency Innovation fund for the Hardest Hit Housing Markets, or more commonly, the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF); and HUD's Federal Housing Administration Refinance of Borrowers in Negative Equity Positions, commonly called the FHA Short Refinance program.

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With a stated goal of assisting 3 million to 4 million homeowners, HAMP has achieved about 1.1 million permanent modifications as of September 2012. The program will accept applicants until the end of this year.

As a whole, the Making Home Affordable program has spent about $4 billion of the $29.9 billion it was allocated. About $6.5 billion more ""could be spent on incentives for HAMP modifications and other MHA interventions that were already in effect as of September 2012,"" according to GOA.

That leaves about $19.4 billion untouched.

Treasury allocated $7.6 billion to HHR, of which about $1.5 billion has been dispersed.

Treasury allocated $8.1 billion to the FHA Short Refinance program. Thus far, it has allocated $7.2 million to Citibank in fees for the program.

In a letter to GOA in December, Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability, Tim Massad, said ""With respect to our housing programs, we have taken significant steps to expand the reach of our programs and strengthen oversight of servicers.""

""Treasury's housing programs have directly helped over one million homeowners avoid foreclosure and have indirectly helped millions more by setting new standards throughout the mortgage servicing industry,"" he added.

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Krista Franks Brock
Krista Franks Brock is a regular contributor to DSNews.com and TheMReport.com. She previously served as managing editor of DS News magazine. Prior to joining DS News, she was managing editor of Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle magazine based in Athens, Georgia. She is currently a freelance writer and editor for various online and print publications. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia, where she also earned a minor in Spanish.

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