A Military Family Speaks Out About The Restrictions On DoD HAP Benefits

Over the last few months I've had the privilege to speak with Lt. Col Meredith, featured in this video, about the time-frame restrictions on the current Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Benefits.  Currently the program allows for home purchases or ratified contracts prior to July 1, 2006.

Last year, for example I had two homes in the Port Potomac neighborhood of Prince William County to sell for military families.  One family closed before July 1, 2006 and the other closed on July 22, 2006.  One used DoD HAP benefits to sell their home.  The other had to do a short sale and deal with the financial impact of a lower credit rating.  When I had to process the short sale for the family in Port Potomac the lender was far from sympathetic.  It was a disgrace the hoops the lender made the family jump through. 

A bill was introduced in Congress by Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly to allow the Secretary of Defense to expand the dates for the Dod HAP program based on his discretion.  As you see the numbers Lt. Col. Meredith quotes the percentage of military families who need assistance is small.   Had this bill been in place or additional funding available to assist in expanding the program, no military family who purchased a home during the market downturn would be left with the difficult decision of what to do when PCS orders arrive.

If you are interested in seeing more help for our troops caught in the housing downturn look at H.R. 237 and ask your Congressman for support.  You can see a few comments from military families about expanding the timeline on my post H.R. 237-Bill to Amend DoD HAP Timeline and even more comments from military families with questions about DoD HAP benefits on Homeowners Assistance Program Working for Military Families.


DoD HAP Program-Lt Col Meredith

***Click on Photo which will take you to the video on Fox & Friends. Short commercial to watch prior to Lt. Col. Meredith.***

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Comment balloon 5 commentsCindy Jones • February 26 2011 09:20AM


Thanks Cindy for sharing this information. Our military members need all the benefits and support we can give them. God Bless our Troops!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) over 8 years ago

Cindy, THANK YOU for sharing this information.  I agree with Jery's comments above.  I'll also look into contacting my Congressman. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Hi Cindy, our military people help keep us safe and our government doesn't help them. We give billions of dollars to help other countries and here we are all expected to help ourselves. Talk about an oxyMORON.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 8 years ago

Once again your dedication to our military family shows.  Continuing to support both military families and educate other agents is to be commended.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 8 years ago

I met with an active duty military family last week to explore their options.  They purchased in 2007 in the $420's, and their home is now worth something in the $260's - $270's.  It's such a shame that HAP can't help active duty military in this situation. 

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 8 years ago

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