$354M in Mortgage Relief Available to Georgia Homeowners

Learn how you might be able to get mortgage help through Georgia’s COVID homeowner-relief program.

By , Attorney · University of Denver Sturm College of Law

In early 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. This law created a Homeowner Assistance Fund, a federal program, to give $10 billion to the states to help households that are behind on their mortgages and other housing expenses due to COVID-19.

Eligible homeowners in Georgia who've experienced a financial hardship because of COVID-19 can get some of the approximately $354 million allocated to the state—up to $50,000 per household—by applying to the Georgia Mortgage Assistance program. This program uses federal money to help homeowners make mortgage payments and pay other home-related costs.

Available Financial Help for Georgia Homeowners

The Georgia Mortgage Assistance program offers the following kinds of assistance to eligible homeowners.

  • You could be able to qualify for funds to reinstate your delinquent mortgage loan. You might also be eligible to get as many as three months of additional mortgage payments if you haven't yet recovered financially.
  • You might be eligible a one-time payment to the lender to reduce the total mortgage balance (a principal curtailment).
  • You could possibly get money to pay overdue non-escrowed property taxes, homeowners' insurance, condominium or homeowners' association fees, and utility payments.

Eligibility Requirements for the Georgia Mortgage Assistance Program

To qualify for relief from this program, you must have suffered a financial hardship (a material reduction in income or an increase in living expenses) after January 21, 2020, because of COVID-19. But if your financial hardship was cured with another grant or form of assistance, you're not eligible.

In addition, you have to meet some other guidelines:

  • The home must be located in Georgia.
  • You must be currently living in the home as your primary residence, and you must have been living in the home at the time of the hardship. (Second homes, investment properties, and vacant properties don't qualify. Manufactured home loans, however, are eligible.)
  • The home has to be titled in the name of a natural person, not an LLC, trust, or business.
  • If you have a mortgage, it must have been a conforming loan at origination.
  • Your household income must be equal to or less than 100% of the area median income (AMI) for your county. Or your household income must be equal to or less than 150% of the county's AMI if you (the homeowner), borrower, or spouse is considered a socially disadvantaged individual, such as those that have been the victim of racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias, or those with limited English proficiency, for example.

To find out if you're potentially eligible, take this prescreening quiz.

How to Apply for Assistance From the Georgia Mortgage Assistance Program

Go to the Georgia Mortgage Assistance website to apply for help from this program. You'll have to provide some documentation with your application, like mortgage statements or statements for your other housing-related costs, proof of income (such as pay stubs and tax returns), and a government-issued ID (like a driver's license).

You can get a complete list of the documents you'll need on the Georgia Mortgage Assistance website.

What Is the Deadline to Apply to the Georgia Mortgage Assistance Program?

The program will continue until the earlier of September 30, 2026, or when all of the funds allotted to the program have been exhausted. If you think you might qualify, it's best to apply as soon as possible.

Avoid Homeowner Assistance Fund Scams

If you get an unsolicited offer by phone, in the U.S. mail, through email, or by text message offering mortgage relief or foreclosure rescue services, be wary. Scammers sometimes target homeowners having trouble with their housing payments.

The Georgia Mortgage Assistance program is free. If anyone asks you to pay a fee to get housing counseling or to receive foreclosure prevention services from this program, it's a scam. Be sure to report any instances of fraud.

Learn More About the Georgia Mortgage Assistance Program

If you have questions or need help with your application, call 770-806-2100, 877-519-4443, email HAF@dca.ga.gov, or review the Georgia Mortgage Assistance program FAQs.

Also, consider contacting a HUD-approved housing counselor who will assist you at no cost. To find a counselor near you, go to HUD's website or call 800-569-4287.