Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program

3 03 2009

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) to eligible service members and federal civilian, including non-appropriate fund, employees. The program is authorized by law to assist eligible homeowners who face financial loss when selling their primary residence homes in areas where real estate values have declined because of a base closure or realignment announcement.

The DOD has designated the US Army its executive agent for HAP. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) administers the program for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and the Coast Guard.

Working with installation commanders and housing officials, USACE district realty specialists are committed to offering all possible assistance in determining and providing HAP benefits to all eligible applicants.

HOW IT WORKS

Generally HAP provides assistance in four possible ways. If you are eligible for HAP benefits, the Government may:

1. Reimburse you for part of your loss from selling your home.

2. Assist you, if you don’t receive enough proceeds from the sale of your home to pay off your mortgage.

3. Buy your home by paying off the mortgage.

4. Help you, if you default on your mortgage.

HOW TO APPLY FOR HAP BENEFITS

The application is made on DD Form 1607, application for Homeowners Assistance Program. Part III, Section IV of the form must be completed by your personnel officer. In addition, you must submit a variety of documents to show evidence of your ownership of the property, your occupancy dates, your assignment orders, your efforts to sell the home (whether or not it was sold), and mortgage details.

A complete application pacakge can be obtained from either base/installion housing or personnel offices, or it can be downloaded from http://www.hap.usace.army.mil. Before you make an application, please contact the DOD HAP National Hotline at 1-888-DODHAP1 (888-636-4271.)

For more information, contact the DOD HAP National Hotline at 1-888-DODHAP1 (888-363-4271O, visit the website at http://hap.usace.army.mil or call the field office corresponding to your area of the country below:

HAP Field Office, Fort Worth
U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Worth
P.O. Box 17300
Ft. Worth, TX 76102-0300
817-886-1209
888-231-7751

HAP Field Office, Sacramento
U.S. Army Engineer District, Sacramento
1325 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2922
916-557-6850
800-811-5532

HAP Field Office, Savannah
U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah
Homeowners Assistance Program
Attn: RE-RH
P.O. Box 889
Savannah, GA 31402-0889
912-652-5020
800-861-8144

National Program Manager
Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program
411 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20314-1000
202-761-1566

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