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FHA Reveals New COVID Forbearance Relief Options

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced new and extended COVID-19 relief options for borrowers recently or newly struggling to make their mortgage payments because of the pandemic. Senior homeowners with Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) who need assistance to remain in their homes will be offered relief options as well. These measures were taken as a response to the continued impact of the pandemic, and are part of the FHA’s continuing evolution of its COVID-19 policies so that the right tools are in place to help the nation's borrowers.

“Our top priority is to help as many individuals and families as possible to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and keep their homes,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Lopa Kolluri. “For FHA, this means that we will continue to work through all of our channels–mortgage servicers, housing counselors, and our other federal partners–to ensure we get the positive outcomes struggling homeowners need.”

Changes announced by the FHA include:

  • A new COVID-19 Forbearance or HECM Extension period for borrowers who may be newly affected by the pandemic: FHA is now providing up to six months of COVID-19 Forbearance for borrowers requesting an initial COVID-19 Forbearance or HECM Extension from their mortgage servicer between October 1, 2021, and the end of the COVID-19 National Emergency, and an additional six months if the COVID-19 Forbearance or HECM Extension is exhausted and expires before the end of the COVID-19 National Emergency.
  • An additional COVID-19 Forbearance or HECM Extension period for borrowers recently seeking assistance: FHA is now providing up to six months of additional forbearance for borrowers who requested or will request an initial COVID-19 Forbearance or HECM Extension from their mortgage servicer between July 1, 2021, and September 30, 2021, allowing these borrowers up to a maximum of 12 months of COVID-19 Forbearance or HECM Extension.

FHA Forbearance and Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Extensions Effective as of September 27, 2021

COVID-19 Extensions for HECMs

About Author: Eric C. Peck

Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com.
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