FHFA Requests Input on Enterprise Single-Family Social Bond Program
February 16, 2023
Source: Federal Housing Finance Agency
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a Request for Input (RFI) on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s (together, the Enterprises) social bond policy. On March 28, 2023, FHFA will also host a public listening session to allow for additional input.
Currently, each Enterprise issues labeled multifamily social bonds—neither issues labeled single-family social bonds. This RFI will help FHFA understand the opportunities and potential risks associated with the Enterprises issuing single-family social bonds, under the framework of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) securities. FHFA also seeks input in defining the criteria and appropriate impact measures for Enterprise-labeled single-family social bonds.
“FHFA has closely monitored the continued emergence of ESG securities and the potential for social bonds to bring more liquidity and capital to the market,” said Director Sandra L. Thompson. “As we evaluate responses from this RFI, FHFA will also look at ways that social bonds could increase liquidity and support for underserved borrowers and communities.”
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