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As some of you know the Down Payment Assistance programs offered by FHA were on the verge of being shut down. Something like 30% of all FHA government loans were done with downpayment assistance programs. The two most popular non-for-profit’s, Nehemia and Ameridream, were in question of whether or not they actually were non-for-profits and if they deserved to stay afloat.

Well i’ll just copy and paste the email I recieved the other day…

August 1, 2008 Last night, Congress introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 6694 <https://www.ameridream.org/Documents/Congress/HR6694.pdf>  that would reauthorize and reform charitable downpayment assistance. This bill would remedy a harmful provision in the new housing law which limits homeownership opportunities for low and middle-income Americans. The legislation, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Al Green (D-TX), Gary Miller (R-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Christopher Shays (R-CT) reauthorizes and reforms charitable downpayment assistance funded in part by sellers, which has helped over one million families and individuals become homeowners since 1999. The program was eliminated by legislation signed by President Bush on July 30, 2008. The Green-Miller-Waters-Shays plan would re-authorize and reform non-profit downpayment assistance and secure it as an allowable source for FHA borrowers. The bill seeks to ensure that providers of the downpayment assistance operate in a transparent manner to guard against conflicts of interest. The bill also includes language to ensure that FHA maintains its financial stability by permanently authorizing the Secretary to assess higher premiums to higher risk borrowers. It is important that you contact your elected officials in Congress and tell them that you support downpayment assistance and urge them to support H. R. 6694. To reach your elected officials, please call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121. To learn how you can support it, visit http://www.supporthomeownership.com <http://takeaction.supporthomeownership.com/ahaa/issues/alert/?alertid=11521436> . AmeriDream continues to be your trusted advisor, bringing timely and accurate information when you need it most. Thank you for your continued support and confidence.  

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