What is Home Affordable Modification Program?
Enacted: February 18, 2009 – effective for mortgages originated on or prior to 01.01.2009
Home Affordable Modification Program or HAMP was developed by the U.S. Treasury Department as a result of Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA) of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
Basically the Home Affordable Modification Program offers incentives to mortgage lenders if they agree to and modify mortgage loans of struggling homeowners. Incentive payments to participating mortgage lenders are funded through Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and are not intended to be recovered. They are just that – incentive payments paid to mortgage lenders when they modify the terms of your mortgage loan and lower your monthly payments.
Purpose of Home Affordable Modification Program
Home ownership preservation and home values protection.
Goal of HAMP
Main goal of the program is to help homeowners in hardship by modifying their home loans and lowering their monthly mortgage payments to less than 31% of their gross monthly income.
Who may be eligible?
All homeowners in financial hardship who:
- Are delinquent or in danger of falling behind on their mortgage payments
- Hold mortgage loans originated on or before January 1, 2009
- Owe up to $729,750 on their primary residence
- Have a monthly mortgage payment over 31% of their gross monthly household income
- Have sufficient and documented income to support a modified payment
How to apply?
Contact your mortgage company servicer – the company to which you make your monthly mortgage payments and ask them for Initial Application Package for Home Affordable Modification Program.
Your application should include the following:
- Request for Modification and Affidavit – info about your home and financial situation.
- Tax Form (Form 4506T-EZ ) or (Form 4506-T) – this will give permission to your mortgage servicer to request copy of your most recent tax return from Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Verification of income – documentation proving the source of your income.
- Dodd-Frank Certification Form – you, the applicant, must certify that you have not been convicted of any crimes associated with a mortgage or real estate transaction within the past 10 years.
Call a HUD-approved housing counselor at: 888-995-4673 (Hearing impaired: 877-304-9709 TTY) to help you understand your options, prepare your application, and work with your mortgage company.