The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency is a self-supporting public agency that finances affordable housing opportunities for North Carolinians whose needs are not met by the market. Since its creation in 1973 by the General Assembly, the Agency has financed more than 241,000 affordable homes and apartments, totaling $17.2 billion.
The Agency provides financing through the sale of tax-exempt bonds and management of federal tax credit programs, the federal HOME Program, the state Housing Trust Fund, and other programs.
Using these resources and its own earnings, the Agency:
- offers low-cost mortgages and down payment assistance for qualified home buyers
- finances affordable homes and apartments developed by local governments, nonprofit organizations and private owners
- finances the development of housing for people with special needs
- finances the rehabilitation of substandard owner-occupied homes
- offers foreclosure prevention assistance in partnership with HUD-approved housing counseling agencies statewide
- administers HUD rent assistance contracts for 25,000 privately owned apartments statewide
The Agency’s operations are overseen by a geographically diverse, 13-member Board of Directors that includes members with expertise in banking, mortgage servicing, home building and real estate sales. The Governor, President of the state Senate, and Speaker of the state House of Representatives each appoint four members, and these 12 members elect a 13th. The Board of Directors appoints the Agency’s Executive Director, subject to approval by the Governor; and the Executive Director hires all staff. The Agency’s statute describes its board composition, general powers, program authority and financing capability.
The Agency reports its budget through the Office of State Budget and Management in the Governor’s Office. Its financial accounts are audited annually by an independent auditing firm. The Agency’s bonds are rated AA by Standard and Poor’s and Aa2 by Moody’s.