Mortgage Insurance Rental and Cooperative Housing for Moderate Income Families and Elderly, Market Interest Rate


To provide good quality rental or cooperative housing for moderate income families, the elderly, and handicapped. Single Room Occupancy (SRO) may also be insured under this section (see program 14.184).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
F - Guaranteed/Insured Loans
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
National Housing Act, as amended, Section 221, Public Law 86-372, 12 U.S.C. 1715(1).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public, profit-motivated sponsors, limited distribution, nonprofit cooperative, builder-seller, investor-sponsor, and general mortgagors.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All families are eligible to occupy dwellings in a structure whose mortgage is insured under the program, subject to normal tenant selection. There are no income limits. Projects may be designed specifically for the elderly and handicapped.
Documentation regarding the characteristics of the property and the qualifications of the mortgagor are assembled by the mortgagee and submitted with the application.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. For Traditional Application Process (TAP) following HUD's issuance of a SAMA letter (new construction) or Feasibility Letter (substantial rehabilitation) the sponsor submits a formal mortgage insurance application through a HUD-approved mortgagee to the local HUD Multifamily Hub and Program Center for processing. For Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP), the lender submits the required exhibits, including a full underwriting package, which are then reviewed by the Multifamily Hub and Program Center before a Firm Commitment is issued.
Award Procedure
The local HUD Multifamily Hub and Program Center reviews the application to determine whether the proposal is feasible. Considerations include market need, zoning, architectural merits, capabilities of sponsors, availability of community resources, etc. If the project meets program requirements, the HUD Multifamily Hub and Program Center issues the lender a commitment to insure the project mortgage.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Section 221(d)(4) insures lenders against loss on mortgage defaults for market rate rental projects. Insured mortgages may be used to finance construction or rehabilitation of detached, semidetached, row, walkup, or elevator-type rental or cooperative housing containing 5 or more units. The program has statutory mortgage limits which vary according to the size of the unit, the type of structure, and the location of the project. There are also loan-to- replacement cost and debt service limitations. Contractors for new construction and substantial rehabilitation projects must comply with prevailing wage requirements under the Davis-Bacon Act.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development reserves the right to audit the accounts of either the mortgagee or mortgagor in order to determine their compliance and conformance with HUD regulations and standards.
Mortgagees are required to service and maintain records in accordance with acceptable mortgage practices of prudent lending institutions and the HUD regulations.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 24 cfr Part 221

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The maximum mortgage term is 40 years, or not in excess of three-fourths of the remaining economic life, whichever is less. Over the life of the mortgage
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Persons are encouraged to contact the Multifamily Hub or Program Center with jurisdiction for the proposed project. HUD Multifamily Hubs or Program Centers are listed at or in the Catalog Address Appendix IV.
Headquarters Office
Carmelita James
451 Seventh Street SW
Washington, DC 20410 US
Phone: (202) 402-2579
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Guaranteed/Insured Loans) FY 13$2,470,000,000.00; FY 16 est $3,541,142,939.00; FY 17 est $3,786,731,323.00; FY 14 est $2,400,000,000.00; FY 15$3,362,376,350.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CFR 221 et seq.; Fact Sheet: Rental Housing for Moderate Income Families, no charge; HUD Handbook 4560.2, Mortgage Insurance for Moderate-Income Housing Projects, Section 221 (d)(4), no charge; HUD Handbook 4560.1,HUD Handbook 4560.3, Mortgage Insurance for Single Room Occupancy Projects; no charge; HUD Handbook 4550.3; Basic Cooperative Housing Insurance Handbook, no charge. Handbooks are on HUDCLIPS at The Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide is on the web. Refer to HUD's MAP page at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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