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 around $10 billion to the states to help households that are behind on their mortgages and other housing expenses due to COVID-19.
Eligible Wyoming homeowners who've experienced a financial hardship because of the pandemic can get a piece of the approximately $50 million allocated to the state—up to $17,000 per household—by applying to the Wyoming Homeowner Assistance Fund program. This program uses federal money to help homeowners make mortgage payments and pay other home-related costs, like utilities, property taxes, homeowners' insurance, and homeowners' association dues.
You can use money from the Wyoming Homeowner Assistance Fund program to pay:
To qualify for relief from this program, you must have experienced a COVID-related financial hardship after January 21, 2020, that caused the household to become past due. You also have to meet additional guidelines like:
Assistance is in the form of a grant that you don't have to repay. The grant covers only arrears, not prospective or ongoing payments.
Payments from the program go directly to the loan servicer or other approved entity, not to homeowners.
The Wyoming Homeowner Assistance Fund program opens to applications on May 2, 2022. Once the program opens, you can submit your application online. To get updates about when the program will start, subscribe to the program's email list.
In the meantime, you can take steps to get ready to apply once the program begins. Start organizing the documents you'll probably need, such as your most recent tax return or pay stubs, photo ID, mortgage statement or property tax statement, and utility statements.
Also, find out what type of mortgage you have, like an FHA-insured, VA-guaranteed, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac mortgage. Depending on what entity owns or backs your loan, you might qualify for a special loss mitigation option. Call your loan servicer to learn about what alternatives are available.
Be wary if you get an unsolicited offer by phone, mail, email, or text message offering mortgage relief or foreclosure rescue services. Scammers are increasingly targeting homeowners who've been affected by COVID-19. Homeowner Assistance Fund programs are 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.
If you need help with the application process or have questions about the Wyoming Homeowner Assistance Fund program, call 307-777-7564 or 800-457-3659 and read the program's FAQs.
You may also contact 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. You may also contact the Wyoming Housing Network or myfrontdoor.org.
Effective date: May 2, 2022