U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said only homeowners who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus crisis will qualify for new government programs that let borrowers put off mortgage payments.
“If people don’t have jobs and people have hardships, they can forbear,” Mnuchin said in a CNBC television interview on Wednesday. “If people do have jobs, we expect those people to continue paying mortgages.”
The $2.2 trillion stimulus package signed into law last week lets homeowners and businesses hurt by the pandemic seek temporary relief from monthly mortgage payments. The legislation doesn’t specify how consumers will be required to prove hardship. Mortgage servicers aren’t allowed to demand documentation from homeowners. Those borrowers will simply have to attest that they’re struggling, according to the text of the legislation.