On Wednesday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a final Capital rule for the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The rule requires the GSEs to maintain tier 1 capital in excess of 4%.
Since the financial crisis, the CFPB’s QM rules have helped ensure that the nation’s financial institutions provide low- and moderate-income (LMI) families with prudent and sustainable mortgage loans. The CFPB must provide alternatives that ensure that the LMI borrowers benefiting from the GSE Patch today continue to have viable paths to homeownership.
We are concerned that the fundamental restructuring of the housing finance system will set in motion further limits on those who have access to the system today.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, released a plan to significantly alter the U.S. housing finance system. The plan would eliminate the affordable housing goals, the government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs) Duty to Serve rule and repeal their charter obligation to facilitate the financing of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families. …
The entire Canadian housing and mortgage market has dropped off a financial cliff, which should pose as a warning for the U.S. as we talk about reforming our Government-Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) system. In 2008, when the U.S. was entering a full housing market crash, Canada took several steps to disguise the exposure of Canadian households. …
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), unveiled a bipartisan bill to reform the government-sponsored housing enterprises (GSEs). In a press release, Hensarling vowed to end the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by winding them down completely. Hensarling’s press statement fails to mention any efforts to tackle …
The recommendation to abolish affordable housing goals would be disastrous for young Americans and the working class.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, a leaked version of a housing finance proposal from U.S. Senators Bob Corker (TN) and Mark Warner (VA) emerged that would severely harm America’s housing market. Today, several civil rights and affordable housing groups issued a statement on the proposal’s negative impact on access, affordability, and market stability. The Center …
Progressive groups are concerned that a housing finance system without Fannie and Freddie in their current state could jeopardize affordable housing.
We, the undersigned civil and human rights organizations, write to express our profound concern with the ongoing discussions in Congress about comprehensive Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) reform legislation, and to request a meeting to ensure that our perspectives are taken into account in this very important effort.
Letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Department of the Treasury on GSE Capital Buffer (Download PDF)
Letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Department of the Treasury on GSE Housing Goal Performance and Pricing (Download PDF)
Letter to U.S. Senate on Government Sponsored Enterprises Reform Provisions(Download PDF)