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Federal Home Loan Bank Housing Goals Amendments Final Rule

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Federal Home Loan Banks; Homeowners-Homebuyers; Mortgage
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12 CFR Part 1281
CFR Description:
Federal Home Loan Bank Housing Goals
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​FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Ted Wartell, Manager, Housing & Community Investment, (202) 649-3157, Ted.Wartell@fhfa.gov; Ethan Handelman, Senior Policy Analyst, Housing and Community Investment, (202) 649-3264, Ethan.Handelman@fhfa.gov; or Marshall Adam Pecsek, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, (202) 649-3380, Marshall.Pecsek@fhfa.gov.  These are not toll-free numbers.  If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. Additionally, the TDD 1-(800) number referenced in Rulemaking documents attached to this page is obsolete and the 7-1-1 number should be used.  The mailing address for each contact is:  Federal Housing Finance Agency, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20219.

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​SUMMARY:  The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is amending the existing Federal Home Loan Bank (Bank) Housing Goals regulation.  The final rule replaces the existing regulation’s four separate retrospective housing goals with a single prospective mortgage purchase housing goal with a target level of 20 percent.  The final rule also establishes a separate small member participation housing goal with a target level of 50 percent.  The final rule provides that a Bank may request FHFA approval of alternative target levels for either or both of the goals.  The final rule also establishes that housing goals apply to each Bank that acquires any Acquired Member Assets (AMA) mortgages during a year, eliminating the existing $2.5 billion volume threshold that previously triggered the application of housing goals for each Bank.  Enforcement of the final rule will phase in over three years.

DATES:  The final rule is effective August 24, 2020. Written requests from Banks proposing alternative target levels are due by September 15, 2020.  The enforcement phase-in period applies to calendar years 2021, 2022, and 2023.

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