Text: H.R.2815 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/24/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2815

To authorize a pilot program to improve asset recovery levels, asset management, and homeownership retention with respect to delinquent single-family mortgages insured under the FHA mortgage insurance programs by providing for in-person contact outreach activities with mortgagors under such mortgages, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 24, 2013

Mr. Al Green of Texas (for himself, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Mr. Perlmutter, and Ms. Moore) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


A BILL

To authorize a pilot program to improve asset recovery levels, asset management, and homeownership retention with respect to delinquent single-family mortgages insured under the FHA mortgage insurance programs by providing for in-person contact outreach activities with mortgagors under such mortgages, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “FHA In-Person Servicing Improvement Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Pilot program.

(a) Authority.—The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall carry out a pilot program under this section to use the authority under section 204(a)(2) of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1710(a)(2)) to make payments to a qualified entity or entities to compensate for their costs of making in-person contact with mortgagors whose payments under covered mortgages are more than 60 days past due, for the purpose of—

(1) identifying mortgagors eligible for loan modifications or refinances and providing packages to the mortgagee for such purposes;

(2) identifying mortgagers not eligible for a loan modification or refinance but willing to engage in pre-foreclosure sales or deeds in lieu of foreclosure, and providing information to the mortgagee in order to facilitate such actions;

(3) identifying whether a home’s current occupant is the mortgagor or a renter, and if not occupied, taking steps to locate and make contact with the mortgagor;

(4) providing information to the Secretary and the mortgagee regarding the condition of the home, in order to facilitate any actions needed to prevent the deterioration and loss of value of the home and assist the Department more generally in its asset management responsibilities; and

(5) providing all relevant information on mortgagors and homes to the mortgagee on the loan and the Secretary in a format, approved by the Secretary, which helps improve asset management and maximize asset recovery of these delinquent loans.

(b) Qualified entities.—For purposes of this section, the term “qualified entity” means a single entity or a consortia or partnership of entities that—

(1) have experience in carrying out the activities identified in subsection (a);

(2) are not affiliated with the mortgagor under any of the covered mortgages for which it is authorized to carry out actions under the pilot program under this section; and

(3) comply with all relevant State and Federal laws.

(c) Selection of a qualified entity or entities.—

(1) SCOPE.—The Secretary shall have the discretion to select qualified entities to participate in the pilot program under this section.

(2) CRITERIA.—Such selection shall be based on the qualifications and experience of the entity or entities to carry out the specific activities identified in subsection (a), including the level of infrastructure capability in reporting detailed information on the mortgage loan, underlying property, and the mortgagor.

(3) PARTICIPATING LOANS.—The Secretary shall make available not less than 50,000 and not more than 100,000 loans that meet the delinquency criteria of subsection (a) for this pilot program.

(4) TIMING.—The Secretary shall select the qualified entity and entities and make available loans under the pilot for their performance within 90 days of the enactment of the Act.

(d) Payments.—Payments to the entity or entities selected to carry out the pilot program under this section may be based on—

(1) a flat amount per covered mortgage;

(2) a performance success basis based on—

(A) completed packages; or

(B) completed loan modifications, pre-foreclosure sales, and deeds in lieu of foreclosure; or

(3) a combination of the methods under paragraphs (1) and (2).

(e) Prohibition on fees.—Entities selected to participate in the pilot program under this section may not charge any fees or require any payments, directly or indirectly, from the mortgagor or the mortgagee of a covered mortgage in connection any activities under the program.

(f) HUD review and reporting.—The Secretary shall publish periodic updates on the status of the pilot program under this section, commencing not later than 30 days after the completion of actions under subsection (c)(1) and (c)(3), and thereafter not less often than every 90 until termination of the pilot program under subsection (h). Not later than 60 days after termination of the pilot program, the Secretary shall submit to the Congress and make publicly available a final report on the pilot program, including information and analysis of performance characteristics, which may include comparisons of estimated asset recovery levels under the pilot program compared to comparable loans not included in the pilot and loans that have gone through loan sales.

(g) Definitions.—For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) COVERED MORTGAGE.—The term “covered mortgage” means a mortgage on a 1- to 4-family residence insured under subsection (b) or (k) of section 203, section 234(c), or 251 of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1709 (b) or (k), 1715y(c), 1715z–16).

(2) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

(h) Termination.—The Secretary may not make any payments under the pilot program under this section to any qualified entity for any in-person contact with a mortgagor that occurs after the expiration of the 24-month period beginning upon the completion of the actions under subsection (c)(1) and (c)(3).