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Organizations Expand Affordable Homeownership Mortgage Program

Bank of America and the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) this week announced the expansion of their national affordable homeownership mortgage program, with a goal of providing $15 billion in mortgages to low-to-moderate income homebuyers through May 2027. This partnership continues to be instrumental in helping to build wealth for those historically locked out of affordable homeownership, thus reducing the racial disparity gap.

For 25 years, the NACA/Bank of America Homeownership Program has provided mortgages for individuals and families. The mortgages come with no down payment, no closing costs (paid for by Bank of America), at a below-market fixed rate. This partnership has provided affordable homeownership for more than 9,100 households over the last two years and over 42,000 mortgages through the program since 1996.

"Expanding this relationship enables Bank of America to provide more mortgages to families at a time of substantial need and opportunity in America," said Andrew Plepler, Global Head of Environment, Social, and Governance at Bank of America. "We are focused on helping stabilize neighborhoods, maximize homeownership opportunities for working people and families, and build generational wealth through homeownership."

According to Bruce Marks, NACA Chief Executive Officer, “Bank of America has been NACA’s largest and most important partner in providing our Best in America Mortgage nationwide. All low- and moderate-income borrowers and others purchasing in a lower-income area receive the same incredible terms, including no down payment, no closing costs, and no mortgage insurance, at a below-market fixed rate. This mortgage is transforming lives, with over 85% of the homeowners who use the program being people of color. This private sector partnership is the largest and most effective in the country, with one of the lowest foreclosure rates, and sets the national standard for affordable homeownership.”

NACA is the largest HUD-approved counseling agency, providing more than 31% of the housing counseling in the country. These services include homebuyer education classes, financial management, and individual comprehensive counseling. This purchase program has eliminated the four major barriers to affordable homeownership: significant savings, unaffordable terms, restrictive underwriting, and racism and bias.

To learn more about NACA, visit NACA.com.

About Author: Christina Hughes Babb

Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media/Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning news, among others. Contact Christina at [email protected].

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