2009 Enterprise Transition Affordable Housing Goals
Section 1128(b) of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) transferred the authority to establish, monitor and enforce the affordable housing goals for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) (collectively, Enterprises) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Section 1128(b) further provides that the annual housing goals in effect for 2008 as established by HUD shall remain in effect for 2009, except that the Director of FHFA shall review such goals to determine their feasibility given current market conditions, and make appropriate adjustments consistent with such market conditions. Pursuant to this directive, FHFA has analyzed current market conditions and is adopting a final rule that adjusts the housing goal, home purchase subgoal and special affordable multifamily housing subgoal levels for the Enterprises for 2009. The final rule also permits loans owned or guaranteed by an Enterprise that are modified in accordance with the Administration's Making Home Affordable Program (also known as the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan) announced on March 4, 2009, to be treated as mortgage purchases and count for purposes of the housing goals. In addition, the final rule excludes purchases of jumbo conforming loans from counting towards the 2009 housing goals. FHFA's housing goals regulation is set forth in a new part of FHFA's regulations, and is generally consistent with the housing goals provisions previously established by HUD, except as modified herein. Pursuant to section 1302 of HERA and 12 U.S.C. 4603, to the extent FHFA is adopting provisions from HUD regulations in new FHFA regulations, those provisions in the HUD regulations are no longer in effect.