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Aug 13 -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is proposing a rule and seeking comments on proposed benchmark levels for the 2021 housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises). The housing goals apply to mortgages purchased by the Enterprises and include separate categories for single-family and multifamily housing that is affordable to low-income and very low-income families, among other categories. This proposed rule would establish benchmark levels for each of the housing goals for 2021. Comments must be received on or before October 13, 2020.
 
FR notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/13/2020-15959/2021-enterprise-housing-goals  
 
Uncertainty over public health and the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption in both the single-family and multifamily housing markets since March. For reasons explained in more detail later in the proposed rule, due to the unexpectedly severe nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic uncertainty, FHFA is proposing benchmark levels for the single-family and multifamily goals for calendar year 2021 only. The proposed benchmark levels are set forth below and would be the same as those for 2018-2020. FHFA will subsequently conduct a new round of notice and comment rulemaking to establish benchmark levels for 2022 and beyond.
 
The Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 (Safety and Soundness Act) requires FHFA to establish several annual housing goals for both single-family and multifamily mortgages purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The annual housing goals are one measure of the extent to which the Enterprises are meeting their public purposes, which include β€œan affirmative obligation to facilitate the financing of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in a manner consistent with their overall public purposes, while maintaining a strong financial condition and a reasonable economic return.” 

FHFA has established annual housing goals for Enterprise purchases of single-family and multifamily goals consistent with the requirements of the Safety and Soundness Act. The structure of the housing goals and the rules for determining how mortgage purchases are counted or not counted are defined in the housing goals regulation. The most recent rule established benchmark levels for the housing goals for 2018-2020. This proposed rule would establish benchmark levels for 2021, but it would not make any other changes to the housing goals regulation.
 
Point of contact: Ted Wartell, Associate Director, Housing & Community Investment, Division of Housing Mission and Goals   (202) 649-3157
Ted.Wartell@fhfa.gov;

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