Ginnie Mae has issued All Participants Memorandum 20-05 (APM 20-05), which announces the expansion of its Issuer assistance programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
APM 20-05 introduces a new version of the existing Pass-Through Assistance Program (PTAP) for use by Multifamily Mortgage-backed Securities (MF MBS) Issuers facing a temporary liquidity shortfall directly attributable to the COVID-19 National Emergency. The application of PTAP to the COVID-19 National Emergency (PTAP/C19) allows MF MBS Issuers to apply for assistance in meeting their contractual obligation to make timely and in full principal and interest payments due MF MBS holders without being held in default under the Ginnie Mae Guaranty Agreement. This assistance is intended to minimize disruptions in the mortgage servicing and MF MBS capital markets as borrower forbearance and loss mitigation programs are implemented to help provide relief to renters affected by the COVID-19 National Emergency, including the relief provisions outlined in the CARES Act.
“This is an extraordinary and last resort option for Multifamily MBS Issuers in these unprecedented times, that will enable them to continue to operate and maintain safe and affordable housing for millions of renters in America who rely on the government mortgage programs financed by Ginnie Mae,” said Ginnie Mae Principal Executive Vice President Seth Appleton. “As important, this program underscores Ginnie Mae’s commitment to ensure timely payment of all scheduled principal and interest to investors holding our Multifamily MBS, regardless of market conditions.”
Funds advanced by Ginnie Mae will bear a fixed rate of interest. The rate that will apply to a given month’s pass-through assistance to all Issuers will be posted on Ginnie Mae’s website on the second business day of each month.