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Housing
U.S. Army Announces Support for Military Homeowners

On 27 September 2010 at the Pentagon, The US Army announced new initiatives to help service members who are struggling with their mortgages to avoid foreclosure. The US Army, Fannie Mae and several National Lenders signed a memorandum of commitment to acknowledge a mutual commitment to provide assistance for service members with existing mortgages.

Fannie Mae launched a special forbearance initiative for the military when there is a death or injury of a service member on active duty. www.KnowYourOptions.com

We strive to increase awareness of mortgage assistance available at Housing Services Offices Army-wide for Soldiers and Families.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Families and Soldiers reside in off-post housing. This includes Soldiers and Families who own their own homes.

Program:

Army Housing has partnered with major mortgage companies to assist Service members with their existing home mortgages. The program includes a commitment to help mortgage lenders understand the Department of Defense culture, provide Housing Services Offices (HSO) with a catalog of mortgage assistance programs and a private call-in number for HSO staff to use for mortgage and foreclosure questions that arise during visits from Service members and their Families seeking assistance with existing mortgages. In addition, the Memorandum of Commitment (MOC) will provide HSO staffs with training and educational resources on homeownership through NeighborWorks America, a national non-profit organization that provides training for foreclosure solutions.

Fannie Mae introduced an initiative that allows for a forbearance of up to six months when the death or injury of a service member on active duty causes a financial hardship. Credit bureau reporting will be suspended during the forbearance to minimize any derogatory impact. This program will provide temporary mortgage relief to impacted military Families. Fannie Mae has a special hotline, 877-MIL-4566 that is available to all Service Members for guidance about their mortgage options and how to receive assistance. This program is available across all military services and Fannie Mae is sending fliers directly to our HSOs.

News articles:

Army.mil story

FannieMae story

NPR story



Home Buying Resources:

  • Down Payment Help and Low-Cost Mortgages - The State of Indiana offers down payment assistance and special low-cost mortgages for qualifying buyers. 1-800-872-0371
  • Habitat for Humanity - Find a Habitat for Humanity group in your county, and learn how you can become a Habitat homeowner.
  • Find Homebuyer Education Near You - Before you sign on the dotted line, protect yourself and your investment by taking a homebuyer education course. This link from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help you find quality homebuyer education. 1-800-569-4287
  • Homebuying Checklist - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a nine-step checklist for Hoosiers interested in buying a home. 1-800-569-4287
  • Housing Counseling from Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling - Momentive offers a wide range of homebuyer education and housing counseling services across the state. They also work with homeowners who are having trouble making payments. 1-888-711-7227
  • Home Ownership Matters - Find information on buying/selling a home, and advice on foreclosures. (317) 507-5105
  • Ginnie Mae Mortgage Calculator - This calculator helps you determine how much home you can afford. (202) 708-1535
  • Ginnie Mae Loan Estimator - This tool will help you learn what type of loans you might be eligible for. (202) 708-1535
  • Find an HUD-approved lender - Find an approved lender in your city. (317) 226-6303
  • Mortgage Advice from IndianaInvestmentWatch - A guide to avoiding dishonest mortgage brokers. 1-800-223-8791


IndianaHousingNow.org

IndianaHousingNow.org is a housing locator service, launched across the state of Indiana in 2006. Sponsored by the  Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, IndianaHousingNow.org provides detailed information about rental properties and helps people find housing to best fit their needs. The service can be accessed at no cost online 24 hours a day or through a toll-free, bilingual call center at 1-877-428-8844, available M-F, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST.

IndianaHousingNow.org is a sister site to FortWayneHousingNow.org, and all tools and information can be accessed from either site.

The fast, easy-to-use FREE search lets people look for rental housing using a wide variety of criteria and special mapping features. Housing listings display detailed information about each unit. The service also provides links to housing resources and helpful tools for renters such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and information about renter rights and responsibilities.



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