Ginnie Mae Enhances USDA Multifamily Mortgaged-Backed Securities Program; Corporation Increases Loan Amount Eligible for Pooling MBS

Linda Anders
Release Date
May 05, 2015
Ginnie Mae has announced an improvement to its securitization program for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) loans. Effective June 1, 2015, USDA Section 538 Multifamily loans with a maximum loan amount of 70% of total development costs will be eligible for pooling into Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities (MBS). This is an increase from the previously allowable maximum loan amount of 50% of the total development costs. “Lenders can submit applications under the existing USDA Rural Development Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) through December 2015,” according to Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul. Ample funding remains available under the Section 538 GRRHP nationwide. This is an important and substantial change to the program,” said Ginnie Mae President Ted Tozer. “It is a real opportunity to help the USDA ensure the continued affordability and availability of multifamily rural housing projects for low and moderate income families. Since more of the development costs will be eligible for pooling, the securities will generate additional liquidity for more multifamily projects.” The Ginnie Mae Multifamily MBS Program enables lenders to reduce mortgage interest rates paid by property owners and developers of apartment buildings, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other types of housing. These lower interest rates provide the necessary incentive for many developers to construct new projects or substantially rehabilitate existing structures. “One of the ways we improve people’s lives in rural America is through affordable rental housing,” said USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Tony Hernandez. “The enhancements Ginnie Mae is implementing in the securitization of USDA’s 538 Multifamily loans will help us achieve our mission and help our customers through viable investments in rural America.” Under the Section 538 GRRHP, the USDA provides credit enhancements through government guarantees to encourage lenders to make new loans to multifamily developers for the construction and preservation of affordable rental properties for low-and moderate-income tenants in rural areas of the country. The USDA program provides loan guarantees up to 90 percent to construct or rehabilitate affordable rural multi-family rental housing. Since 2009, the program has helped rehabilitate or build over 14,000 housing units. In FY 2014 the outstanding balance of Multifamily MBS guaranteed by Ginnie Mae increased to $87.9 billion, compared with $79.8 billion in FY 2013, helping to finance 1,476 apartment buildings, 14 hospitals, 355 nursing homes and 217 assisted living homes. Additional information about Ginnie Mae’s updated multifamily program can be found at For more information on the Section 538 GRRHP in Nebraska contact Multi-Family Housing Specialist Linda Anders at 402-437-5734 or Visit for information on all Rural Development’s programs. President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.