This program became effective as of October 1st, 2008 and runs through September 30, 2011. Congress anticipates that as many as 400,000 homeowners may be able to avoid foreclosure by going through this program.
The program is voluntary for lenders to participate and has several components.
First, the borrower's loan would be refinanced and set to 90% of the current appraised value with the lender taking a loss between the current loan and the new amount, or the lender could decide to modify the existing loan, rather than take a loss.
Second, the borrower's eligibility is reviewed. The mortgage had to have originated on or before January 1, 2008, and mortgage payments as of March 1, 2008, exceeds 31% of the borrower's gross monthly income. Also, the borrower did not intentionally default the loan and does not have ownership interest in other real estate and has not been convicted of fraud in the past 10 years, and no materially false information was used to obtain the loan being refinanced.
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