Hardest Hit Fund assistance.
President Obama established the Hardest Hit Fund SM in February 2010 to provide targeted aid to families in states hit hard by the economic and housing market downturn. Each state housing agency gathered public input to implement programs designed to meet the distinct challenges struggling homeowners in their state are facing. States were chosen either because they are struggling with unemployment rates at or above the national average or steep home price declines greater than 20 percent since the housing market downturn.
Hardest Hit Fund programs vary state to state, but may include the following:
- Mortgage payment assistance for unemployed or underemployed homeowners
- Principal reduction to help homeowners get into more affordable mortgages
- Funding to eliminate homeowners second lien loans
- Help for homeowners who are transitioning out of their homes and into more affordable places of residence.