Save the Dream Ohio Update on Ohio’s Foreclosure Prevention Effort
Save the Dream Ohio Programs • Rescue Payment Assistance • Mortgage Payment Assistance • Mortgage Modification with Contribution Assistance • Lien Elimination Assistance • Transition Assistance • Homeownership Retention Assistance • Homeowner Stabilization Assistance
Hardship Requirements • Hardship due to involuntary unemployment or 10% loss or reduction in income; • Homeowner must meet minimum eligibility requirements regarding bankruptcy, occupancy, income, home type, and first mortgage debt • Significant medical expenses of 7.5% of gross annual income for all unreimbursed expenses accrued prior to 2012 and 10% of gross annual income for all unreimbursed expense accrued after 2012 (excluded from Mortgage Payment Assistance) and; • Relocation for employment that meets the requirements of IRS Publication 521 which states “the new main job is at least 50 miles farther from former residence than old main job (included in Transition Assistance only). • The hardship must have occurred on or after January 1, 2007.
Amount of Assistance • Homeowners may participate in two or more programs and are subject to the maximum assistance amount of $35,000 per household; • The maximum assistance per program ranges from $7,500 for Transition Assistance to $35,000 for Mortgage Modification with Contribution Assistance • Assistance is in the form of a zero interest forgivable second mortgage • All payments are made to mortgage servicers, except for Transition Assistance • More than 400 servicers are participating in Save the Dream Ohio
Need for Demolition • Demolition of vacant housing will prevent foreclosure by stabilizing home values in at risk neighborhoods • Moving Ohio Forward provides $75 million, plus local match, for demolition of vacant housing statewide • Ohio urban areas need additional resources to address vacant housing after Moving Ohio Forward • Other resources such as CDBG are shrinking
Hardest Hit Fund Limitations • OHFA’s initial proposal to Treasury to use HHF to extend Moving Ohio Forward was not approved • Treasury approved a different structure for Michigan • Ohio’s current approval based on two key elements: • Prevent Foreclosure • Modify a Loan
Process Flow • Tax Foreclosure • Deed in Lieu • Donation • Acquisition • Local Government Agreement note note lien note 0% lien expires 12/31/17 Land Bank Non-Federal Loan $ Demolition Occurs Submit to OHFA HHF • $ HHF Loan takes out existing Loan and reimburses demolition costs plus fees Land Bank HHF $ Funds disbursed by OHA upon OHFA approval
Proposed/Optimistic Timeline • November 24 Request for Proposals Issued • December 20 First Round Proposals Due • January 24, 2014 First Round Awards • February 28 , 2014 First Round Contracts Executed • April 4 , 2014 Second Round Proposals Due • May 2 , 2014 Second Round Awards • June 6 , 2014 Second Round Contracts Executed • March 31, 2016 All Contracts Expire