Federal Housing Programs

Buying a home is often the most significant investment that a person may make in his lifetime. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, in addition to offering a variety of mortgage insurance programs, supports numerous programs sponsored by state and local governments and nonprofit organizations across the country.

Many of these offerings provide assistance to first time home buyers.

HUD also offers excellent advice for making the home buying process as stress-free and rewarding as prossible. Check out their advice on Ninety Nine Questions Answered about Buying Your First Home.

What follows is a listing of all the programs supporting home purchase and home improvements from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Housing Counseling Assistance Program
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To counsel homeowners, homebuyers, prospective renters and tenants under HUD, conventional and other government programs in improving their housing conditions and in meeting the responsibilities of te...more

Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To expand the supply of supportive housing for very low-income persons with disabilities....more

Housing Finance Agencies (HFA) Risk Sharing
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Under Section 542(c), HUD provides credit enhancement for mortgages for multifamily housing projects whose loans are underwritten, processed, serviced, and disposed of by Housing Finance Agencies (HFA...more

Multifamily Housing Service Coordinators
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To link elderly, especially frail and disabled, or disabled non-elderly assisted housing and neighborhood residents to supportive services in the general community; to prevent premature and unnecessar...more

Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To provide rental assistance to very low income individuals and families enabling them to live in affordable decent, safe and sanitary housing....more

Supportive Housing Program
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Supportive Housing Program is designed to promote the development of supportive housing and supportive services to assist homeless individuals and families in the transition from homelessness and ...more



Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To provide States and localities with the resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the supportive housing needs of low-income persons and their families living...more

Rural Housing and Economic Development
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To build capacity at the State and local level for rural housing and economic development and to support innovative housing and economic development activities in rural areas....more

Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing
Department of Housing and Urban Development
To provide grants to national community development intermediaries to enhance the capacity and ability of community development corporations and community housing development organizations to carry ou...more

Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Through funding of national non-profits with expertise in rural housing and community development, the Rural Capacity Building program enhances the capacity and ability of local governments, Indian tr...more






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