FHFA Directs Fannie, Freddie to Start Funding Housing Trust, Capital Magnet Funds

FHFA Directs Fannie, Freddie to Start Funding Housing Trust, Capital Magnet Funds



On Dec. 11, 2014, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Melvin L. Watt instructed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin setting aside and allocating funds for the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund. Congress created the two funds in 2008 under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) to provide financing for the production and preservation of affordable housing. However, they have been empty since they were created six years ago due to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac being placed into conservatorship.

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