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Majority of Homeowners Denied Hardest Hit Fund Assistance
Earned Less than $30,000

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The Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) was created to provide a temporary safety net so working Americans most affected by the financial crisis could save their homes. But SIGTARP has found that a majority of homeowners denied entry into HHF earned less than $30,000.

SIGTARP identifies wasteful spending to help the government recover taxpayer funds. We identify abuse and vulnerabilities that put federal dollars at risk of fraud.

- Special Inspector General Goldsmith Romero

SIGTARP audits TARP programs to prevent fraud and abuse, identify wasteful spending, and drive improvements. TARP housing programs are focused on saving the homes of America's working class. SIGTARP acts as a watchdog over these federal dollars and programs.

When our team of forensic auditors and evaluators find a program at risk, they get to work reviewing documents, interviewing and analyzing. When an audit confirms a program is at risk, we look for ways to fix the problem by leveraging best practices. We then issue recommendations to the Department of Treasury, which we share with Congress and the public.

TARP programs include:

The Hardest Hit Fund
  • Unemployment assistance in the rust belt and southern states
  • Demolition of abandoned homes to stabilize neighborhoods

Home Affordable Modification Program
  • Lower homeowner interest rates through contracts to pay mortgage servicers

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