The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a helping hand to those who are struggling to afford housing expenses. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. You will find that there is not just one kind of housing aid program available: there are tons! The federal government wants to support Americans across the United States who need affordable housing. Having a home is hard enough, but keeping a home is just as hard. We’ll tell you about the various HUD housing aid programs and you can figure out which one works best for you.
Available Housing Aid Programs from the HUD
As we mentioned before, there are a lot of housing aid programs from the HUD. However, they might not be easy to find if you don’t know where to look. Fortunately, there are websites like Benefits.gov that can help you find your way. As a start, you can consider the following HUD programs:
- FHA Loans
- HUD Homes for Sale
- Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) Program
- Housing Choice Voucher Program
- Public Housing
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loans
You have probably heard about FHA mortgages before and their many benefits. Some of these benefits include lower credit scores, fewer amounts for a down payment, and more flexible eligibility requirements. However, you should know how the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) works first. The FHA offers loan insurance to qualifying lenders so that they can issue loans to borrowers. If a borrower reaches a loan default, then the FHA pays the rest of the primary loan. That way, the FHA protects lenders from some financial risk and insures the loan.
However, there is not just one type of FHA loan. There are many of them! For example, Energy-Efficient Mortgages allow borrowers to get a loan to help make their home more energy-efficient. This will lower their energy consumption and reduce their energy bills. Furthermore, the loan comes with additional funds to help with home improvement! Another kind of loan for home improvement would be the 203(k) Improvement Loan. This loan also comes with extra funds to fix up the property, but its main aim is to help repair homes.
If you are expecting a raise in the future, then you can consider a Section 245(a) Loan that comes with a low monthly payment that gradually increases. Last but not least, Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) are when seniors (62 years or older) convert their home equity for cash. The great thing is that they can keep the title of the home. As you can see, you have many options to choose from!
HUD Homes for Sale
If you want to start the home-buying process with these types of homes, you should contact a broker that the government has approved. It is already stressful to buy a house on your own, so a little help wouldn’t hurt. These HUD homes typically go through foreclosure from an FHA loan and are put up for sale on the HUD Home Store. You should keep in mind that buying these homes comes with a catch. The catch is that you buy the home in its current state and all repairs for the home are your responsibility.
Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) Program
The GNND program focuses on helping people who hold qualifying jobs get a 50% discount on eligible properties in revitalized areas. Furthermore, recipients need to live in the home as their main property for at least 36 months. The people that can benefit from this program are those who work as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), teachers (from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade), firefighters, and law enforcement officers.
Housing Choice Voucher Program
If you want a housing aid program that allows you to choose the home you will live in, then this program can be very helpful. Generally, this program gives housing vouchers to help people with rent, but some places accept vouchers to purchase a home. However, this program is not that simple to qualify for. There are some conditions that applicants need to meet like level of income, citizenship status, household size, and criminal/eviction background. If you want to know more, then you should probably head to your local Public Housing Authority (PHA) for assistance. They are responsible for the program in almost every aspect, including the application and the housing inspection for the properties. Speaking of housing inspections, properties need to pass these inspections to participate. Additionally, properties must accept vouchers as a payment type.
This final housing aid program offers eligible individuals affordable housing opportunities. How does a person qualify for this program? Well, each locality works differently, including the conditions required to qualify. Before you start looking into the program, we suggest that you contact your local HA, since they are responsible for managing the program and the eligibility requirements. Some of these requirements could include family size, citizenship status, income level, and references from previous rentals. You should keep in mind that an applicant can meet all of the criteria and still not get approval because of their references. This is because the HA evaluates the trustworthiness of an applicant through their rental background. A perk about this program that not a lot of people know about is that public housing offers affordable housing, but not only apartments!
As we mentioned before, there are different HUD housing aid programs available for you to look into. For example, if you want to find affordable housing that you can choose, then the Housing Choice Voucher program is the right program for you! Furthermore, if you work as a teacher or in other positions mentioned above, then you could apply for a home from the GNND program. You will find that almost every program from the HUD falls under the responsibility of local or state governments. That is why the best thing to do is to contact the local or state agency of the program you and your family can benefit from!