Washington Post: The Federal Housing Administration has been hit so hard by themortgagecrisisthat for the first time, the agency's cash reserves will drop below the minimum level set by Congress, FHA officials said.
The FHA guaranteed about a quarter of all U.S.homeloansmade this year, and the reserves are meant as a financial cushion to ensure that the agency can cover unexpected losses.
"It's very serious," FHA Commissioner David H. Stevens said in an interview. "There's nothing more serious that we're addressing right now, outside the housing crisis in general, than this issue."
The issue of the FHA's financial health was raised earlier this month when theWall Street Journal warned that the organization was veering towards insolvency.
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