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Section 184 Year End Temporary Closure Effective September 23, 2016

In order to meet fiscal year-end reporting requirements, starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday September 23, 2016, the Office of Loan Guarantee, Section 184 Loan Guarantee Program, will temporarily suspend issuance of: Section 184 Case Numbers, Firm Commitments (Reservation of funds cohort assignment), Loan Guarantee Certificates, and Claim Payments.

Items submitted during the closure will be held in the mailbox, section184@hud.gov and will be issued in the order received when processing resumes. Please do not send duplicate submissions. An email notification will be sent out and a notice posted on our Section 184 website to notify partners when the Office of Loan Guarantee will resume issuance of all of the above.
 

Program Overview

The Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program is a home mortgage product specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native families, Alaska villages, tribes, or tribally designated housing entities. Congress established this program in 1992 to facilitate homeownership and increase access to capital in Native American Communities.

With Section 184 financing borrowers can get into a home with a low down payment and flexible underwriting. Section 184 loans can be used, both on and off native lands, for new construction, rehabilitation, purchase of an existing home, or refinance.

Section 184 is synonymous with home ownership in Indian Country.

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As of March 31, 2016, the Section 184 program has guaranteed over 33,000 loans, representing over $5.4 billion dollars in increased capital into Native American Communities.

How Section 184 Works

The Office of Loan Guarantee within HUD’s Office of Native American Programs, guarantees the Section 184 home mortgage loans made to Native borrowers. The loan guarantee assures the lender that its investment will be repaid in full in the event of foreclosure.

The borrower applies for the Section 184 loan with a participating lender, and works with the tribe and Bureau of Indian Affairs if leasing tribal land. The lender then evaluates the necessary loan documentation and submits the loan for approval to HUD’s Office of Loan Guarantee.

The loan in limited to single-family housing (1-4 units), and fixed-rate loans for 30 years of less. Neither adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) nor commercial buildings are eligible for Section 184 loans. Maximum loan limits vary by county. Click on the link below for the most current loan limits.

By encouraging lenders to serve Native communities, Section 184 is increasing the marketability and value of the Native assets and strengthening the financial standing of Native communities.

Eligible Borrowers

  • American Indians or Alaska Natives who are members of a federally recognized tribe
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes (Complete List)
  • Tribally designated housing entities
  • Indian Housing Authorities

Native Hawaiians can access homeownership loans through the Section 184A Program.

Eligible Areas

Loans must be made in an eligible area. The program has grown to include eligible areas beyond tribal trust land. Click on the links below to determined participating States and counties across the country.

Lender Participation

Borrowers must apply with a HUD-approved Section 184 lender. Approved lenders are listed below.

Resources

Additional homebuyer resources, including homebuyer classes, can be found at www.hud.gov/counseling.

Section 184 Brochure (May 2011)
Promoting Tribal Economies Through Homeownership Brochure