Get Foreclosure Relief From State Hardest Hit Fund Programs

Check out the chart below to find out if you live in a state that has an open Hardest Hit Fund program.

Updated July 20, 2020

In February 2010, the U.S. Department of the Treasury created the Hardest Hit Fund to provide millions of dollars to 18 states and the District of Columbia to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. These states (and D.C.) each developed their own programs, which are administered by that state’s housing finance agency, to distribute the funds and assist distressed homeowners. The programs provide various foreclosure avoidance options to homeowners, like mortgage payment assistance, reinstatement assistance, and second mortgage payoffs.

While the states have until the end of 2020 to utilize their Hardest Hit funds, some states have ended their programs early because their allocated money ran out. In the chart below, you can learn which programs are still open, what kinds of assistance are available, and how to learn more.

If you think you might be eligible for a particular program that’s still available, it's a good idea to apply for assistance soon as possible before the money runs out.

States That Received Hardest Hit Funds

The states that received funds and set up Hardest Hit Fund programs are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.

Are Hardest Hit Fund Programs Still Open?

Individual Hardest Hit Fund programs are likely to end as soon as their funds run out. Many have already shuttered. So, if you think you could qualify for a particular type of assistance through a specific program, you should submit an application immediately.

Do Hardest Hit Fund Programs Ever Reopen?

A few states that previously closed their Hardest Hit Fund programs when their funding ran out reopened when more money became available. If your state’s program has closed, it’s a good idea to keep tabs on the program website in the unlikely event that it receives additional cash.

Types of Available Assistance

With the provided funds, each state and the District of Columbia developed programs to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Generally, the programs involve:

  • mortgage payment assistance for unemployed or underemployed homeowners
  • principal reductions to help homeowners get more affordable mortgages
  • reinstatement assistance (money to bring a delinquent mortgage current with a one-time payment), and
  • providing money to eliminate homeowners' second lien loans.

Programs often change, so check your state’s official website to find out what's available.

    How Assistance Generally Works

    The homeowner typically receives assistance in the form of a 0% interest loan that is paid directly to the servicer. The loan is typically forgivable over a specified time period—meaning the homeowner won’t have to repay it, so long as certain conditions are met—usually at a rate of 20% over five years.

    Get Help From a Housing Counselor

    Housing counseling is sometimes available through state programs at no cost, although homeowners in all states are eligible to get free help from a HUD-approved housing counselor.

    Who Qualifies for Hardest Hit Fund Foreclosure Assistance?

    Eligibility requirements vary widely from state to state and among different state-specific programs. But the requirements often include the following:

    • The property must be owner-occupied.
    • The homeowner must be unemployed/underemployed or experienced a hardship, like a divorce, death of a spouse, or medical hardship.
    • The homeowner’s total annual income must be less than a certain amount.
    • The homeowner has limited financial resources.
    • The unpaid principal balance on the homeowner’s mortgage can’t exceed a certain amount.

    Hardest Hit Fund Programs By State

    State Are Programs Open? Type of Available Assistance Basic Eligibility Requirements Maximum Amount of Assistance State's Official Hardest Hit Fund Website
    Alabama

    Yes, Hardest Hit Alabama (HHA) has reopened to help Alabama families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    HHA provides short-term mortgage payment assistance to those who have lost employment or income due to COVID-19. See program website for details. $30,000 www.hardesthitalabama.com
    Arizona Yes

    • Mortgage principal reductions.

    • Mortgage payment and reinstatement assistance for unemployed and underemployed homeowners.

    • Second mortgage payoffs.

    See the state's official Hardest Hit Fund website for complete eligibility requirements.

    Varies depending on the program. https://housing.az.gov/save-our-home
    California No n/a n/a n/a http://keepyourhomecalifornia.org/
    Florida No n/a n/a n/a www.floridaelmore.org
    Georgia No

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a www.homesafegeorgia.com
    Illinois No n/a n/a n/a www.illinoishardesthit.org
    Indiana Yes

    • Reinstatement assistance.

    • Free foreclosure prevention counseling.

    See program website for details.

    $30,000 www.877gethope.org
    Kentucky No, but free financial counseling is available and some Kentuckians are eligible for free legal advice. n/a n/a n/a protectmykyhome.org
    Michigan Yes

    Monetary assistance is available for eligible homeowners who're behind on:

    • mortgage payments

    • condominium association fees, and/or

    • property taxes.

    See program website for details.

    See program website for details. www.stepforwardmichigan.org
    Mississippi Yes

    Mortgage payment assistance program and reinstatement assistance program.

    See the state's official Hardest Hit Fund website for details.

    See the state's official Hardest Hit Fund website for details. www.mshomesaver.com
    Nevada Yes

    See the state's official Hardest Hit Fund website for details.

    See the state's official Hardest Hit Fund website for details

    Varies depending on the program. https://nahac.org
    New Jersey No, but free housing counseling and mediation assistance are available. n/a n/a n/a www.njhousing.gov/foreclosure
    North Carolina No, but free housing counseling is available and you might qualify for legal assistance if your income is low. n/a n/a n/a www.ncforeclosureprevention.gov
    Ohio No n/a n/a n/a https://savethedreamohio.gov
    Oregon No, but seeking additional resources to start a program in summer 2020 to assist homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. See the state's official Hardest Hit Fund website for details.

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org
    Rhode Island No n/a n/a n/a www.hhfri.org
    South Carolina No n/a n/a n/a www.schelp.gov
    Tennessee No n/a

    n/a

    n/a www.keepmytnhome.org
    Washington, D.C. No n/a n/a n/a www.homesaverdc.org

    Getting More Information

    Hardest Hit Fund programs change frequently, and determining whether you’re eligible for a particular program can be a complicated process. Check your state’s official website for updates and details about the application process. Additionally, you should be aware that not all lenders participate in every program.

    If you have additional questions about the Hardest Hit Fund, make an appointment to talk with a HUD-approved housing counselor or call the phone number provided on the state's official Hardest Hit Fund website. If you need information about how foreclosure works in your state or possible defenses to a foreclosure in your situation, check out our sections on alternatives to foreclosure and fighting foreclosure in court, or consider talking to a foreclosure attorney.

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