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HUD Deploys Nearly $200M in Emergency Funds for the Unemployed

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pull the plug on HUD's Emergency Homeowner Loan Program last month, but that hasn't stopped HUD from moving ahead to put the money into the hands of distressed homeowners. The fund was established to provide zero-interest bridge loans of up to $50,000 for unemployed homeowners to continue making their mortgage payments while they look for a new job. HUD just deployed nearly $200 million of the $1 billion allotted to state agencies.

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Frank Wants Tax on Banks, Hedge Funds to Subsidize Housing Programs

House Republicans may have succeeded in passing legislation to end federal housing programs that are intended to provide assistance to unemployed homeowners and support efforts to clean up vacant foreclosed homes, but their Democratic counterparts aren't going to take it lying down. Rep. Barney Frank, the top-ranking Democrat of the House Financial Services Committee, has introduced legislation that would require the biggest banks and hedge funds to cough up $2.5 billion to keep those very same programs alive.

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House Votes to End Emergency Homeowner Relief Program

On Friday the U.S. House voted to end the Emergency Homeowner Loan Program for borrowers who are unable to make their mortgage payments because of unemployment. The fund was established under the Dodd-Frank Act to provide interest-free loans to homeowners for up to 24 months while they look for new employment. This is the second House vote to end a foreclosure mitigation program that some lawmakers claim just isn't working. The bills are not expected to pass the Senate.

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House Votes to Terminate FHA’s Short Refi Program

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to end the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) Short Refi Program aimed at helping homeowners who owe more on the mortgage than their home is worth obtain a new FHA-insured loan with a reduced principal. In a 256 to 171 vote Thursday evening, the House approved the FHA Refinance Program Termination Act, the first of four bills targeting federal foreclosure mitigation programs.

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Nation’s Unemployment Rate Drops Below 9%

The national unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in February, as employers added 192,000 jobs to their payrolls, the Department of Labor reported Friday. The rate is down from 9.0 percent in January and 9.4 percent as recently as December. The Labor Department described the latest numbers as ""little changed,"" noting that 44 percent of the 13.7 million unemployed have been jobless for 27 weeks or more. However, the 192,000 jobs that were added in February represented the largest monthly net gain since mid-2010.

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Committee Votes to Kill Two Housing Programs, Delays Decision on Two

The House Financial Services Committee voted Thursday to scrap two foreclosure relief programs - one that gives underwater homeowners a federal refinancing option through FHA's Short Refi Program, and a second that provides temporary assistance to unemployed homeowners through the Emergency Mortgage Relief Fund. The two bills now move to the full House for debate. The committee was also planning to consider two separate bills to end the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program, but votes on these have been pushed to next week.

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House to Determine Fate of Four Foreclosure Mitigation Programs

On Wednesday, a hearing was held by the Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee to determine the fate of four federal foreclosure mitigation programs. The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Refinance Program, and the Emergency Mortgage Relief Fund all have bills in play advocating for their termination. Witness testimony was mixed on whether the programs should continue or come to an end.

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Four Federal Foreclosure Mitigation Programs on the Chopping Block

Rep. Spencer Bachus, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced this week that he has scheduled a subcommittee hearing and full committee markup of four bills that will terminate what he says are ""failed and ineffective housing foreclosure programs."" On the chopping block are the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Short Refi Program, and the Emergency Homeowner Relief Fund passed under the Dodd-Frank Act.

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