As part of our public mission, Freddie Mac has a responsibility to provide financing that helps families buy or rent decent, affordable housing. In many of the nation's high-cost communities, lowering the cost to buy or rent a home has never been more important or needed.
In 2014, Freddie Mac provided affordable single-family financing for over 481,000 low- and moderate-income families (at 100% or less of the area median income), including almost 315,000 low-income families (at 80% or less of the area median income), and more than 83,000 very low-income families (at 50% or less of the area median income).
Additionally, in 2014, Freddie Mac:
- Helped almost 204,000 homebuyers buy their first home.
- Provided financing for approximately 21,300 families through federal programs, including:
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs
- Federal Housing Administration programs
- U.S. Department of Agriculture's Guaranteed Rural Housing Program
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's rental housing assistance programs designed to promote affordable single-family and multifamily housing, including Section 8 and Section 236 rental programs
Freddie Mac also has a long history of increasing the availability of affordable rental housing in the U.S. Last year, we financed over 413,000 apartment homes. (Additionally, Freddie Mac provided financing for approximately 14,000 multifamily cooperative units.) Approximately 90 percent of these rental units were affordable to people whose incomes are at or below the area median income.
Together with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Fannie Mae, we continued helping the nation's state and local housing finance agencies provide low-rate mortgages to first-time homebuyers and financing for the construction and renovation of affordable multifamily rental properties. Our support allows housing finance agencies to offer lower mortgage rates to first-time homebuyers and helps housing finance agencies to stabilize their balance sheets. We continue to support the New Issue Bond Program for both Single-Family and Multifamily lending programs, and the Temporary Credit and Liquidity Program which has been extended through December 2015.
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae do more to finance affordable housing than any other financial institutions in the country. In fact, Freddie Mac’s ability to step in and make a difference in markets like these that might otherwise be neglected is one key benefit of our public mission – and something that clearly distinguishes us from the private sector.
We describe our performance against the affordable housing goals, as well as other affordable housing initiatives, in the Annual Housing Activities Report and Annual Mortgage Report below.