Homeowner Assistance Fund Available for Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19

The Massachusetts Housing Partnership is offering a new program for homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) is a federally-funded housing assistance program that offers aid for housing-related costs such as mortgage and property charges to those who have experienced financial hardship associated with COVID-19. Property charges (including municipal utilities, homeowners’ insurance, condo fees or liens, and property taxes) are eligible as necessary to facilitate a reinstatement. HAF was created by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is administered by the US Treasury. This program is replacing previous RAFT and ERMA programs. Eligibility requirements are:

·Applicants must own the property for which they are applying for assistance and have missed 3 mortgage payments on that property.

  • ·The expenses an applicant is applying for must be related to their primary residence, located in MA.
  • ·Applicants must have experienced a financial hardship associated with COVID-19 after January 21, 2020.
  • ·Applicants must have an income less than or equal to 150% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

For Franklin County residents, income requirements are:

Household Size

Annual Income Limit for HAF (150%)

1

$88,350

2

$100,950

3

$113,550

4

$126,150

To learn more about the Massachusetts HAF program, visit mass.gov/haf. Applicants can find out if they qualify via a pre-screening questionnaire. The Mass HAF Call Center (833-270-2953) can also answer questions about the program.

Mass.gov webpage: mass.gov/haf

Pre-screening questionnaire: https://massmortgagehelp.org/

HAF Overview one pager.

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