In 1982, the first Homeownership Program was created, through which PHFA provides capital for single-family, home purchase loans. The Homeowners' Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) was created by Act 91 in 1983 as a foreclosure prevention program. Rental housing, homeownership, and foreclosure prevention remain as PHFA's core components.
Housing industry professionals are a key component of PHFA's homeownership programs. This group of experts includes housing counselors, real estate agents, builders, lenders, brokers, appraisers, title agents, housing authorities, and nonprofit organizations. PHFA's home loan products can help these professionals stretch their customers' dollars further and/or lower their monthly mortgage payment. Together, PHFA and its housing partners ensure that eligible buyers can afford to become and remain homeowners, and that they aren't overwhelmed by the process.