USDA: Foreclosure Moratoriums Extended for Areas Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Investor Update
October 24, 2017

USDA is extending the moratoriums on property foreclosures in the Presidentially Declared Disaster (PDD) areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  In light of the severity of the damage caused by the storms, the foreclosure moratoriums will be extended until the dates indicated below: 

  • Hurricane Harvey:  February 21, 2018
  • Hurricane Irma:      March 9, 2018
  • Hurricane Maria:    March 19, 2018

These extensions apply to new foreclosures as well as foreclosures already initiated.  USDA guidance outlined in “Assistance in Natural Disasters” and located in Chapter 18, Section 4, 7 CFR 3555.307 of the SFHGLP Handbook requires an initial moratorium on foreclosure actions within a PDD for ninety days following the date of each PDD declaration. The extensions are intended to provide greater relief to homeowners in the PDD areas.
If you have any questions, please contact the USDA Rural Development Customer Service Center at (866) 550-5887 or the National Office at (202) 720-1452.  If communicating by mail, please address correspondence as follows:
Customer Service Center
Attention:  Borrower Assistance Branch, Special Assistance
Post Office Box 66889
St. Louis, Missouri  63166

Help Resources

Policy Questions
Customer Service Center
Phone: 866-550-5887
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Division
Phone: 202-720-1452
USDA ITS Service Desk Support Center
For e-Authentication assistance
Phone: 800-457-3642, option 1 (USDA e-Authentication Issues)
Rural Development Help Desk
For GUS system, outage or functionality assistance
Phone: 800-457-3642, option 2 (USDA Applications); then option 2 (Rural Development)

Source: USDA


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