What’s Covered?

The PAHAF program provides assistance for the following mortgage and housing-related expenses, to address mortgage delinquencies and avoid default, foreclosure, and displacement as a result of COVID-19 pandemic related financial hardships. The maximum amount of assistance for any homeowner under the PAHAF is $50,000 as of October 28, 2022.

Per program policy, each type of PAHAF assistance can only be received once per household, even under the increased cap. 

Applicants for all types of assistance except for forward mortgage must be at least 30 days past due on the mortgage payments and/or housing-related expenses for which they are requesting PAHAF assistance to qualify.

Mortgage Reinstatement

Provides funds to bring a first mortgage current and to pay other housing-related costs, such as taxes and insurance, if included in the mortgage payment, related to a period of forbearance, delinquency, or up to the maximum per household assistance cap of the lesser of $50,000. Note: PAHAF does not cover payments for principal reductions on completed loan modifications or partial claims. PAHAF also does not cover balloon payments.

Forward Mortgage Payment

Provides forward payment assistance for up to 6 months or until the maximum per household assistance cap of the lesser of $50,000. This program is now available as a standalone option – mortgage reinstatement is not required to qualify. As a standalone option, mortgage payments cannot be delinquent to be eligible. To qualify for forward mortgage payment assistance, homeowners must have a debt to housing expense ratio of 30% or more. Income documentation will be required for forward paying mortgage assistance.

Property Charges

Provides up to $14,000 in funds for past due property taxes. Maximum assistance falls under the maximum cap of $50,000.

    Delinquent Utilities

    Provides funds to resolve delinquent payments for utility services, including electric, heating/fuel, water, and/or sewer bills, and other related utility costs, particularly for those utility bills where no program currently exists in the Commonwealth, and that there is imminent loss of utility disconnection, liens, possible foreclosure, or homeowner displacement. Utility assistance may be available in combination with mortgage reinstatement and mortgage payment assistance or as a standalone option for homeowners without a mortgage. The maximum utility assistance is capped at $10,000.