Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed to establish the COVID–19 Veterans Assistance Partial Claim Payment program (COVID– VAPCP), a temporary program to help veterans return to making normal loan payments on a VA-guaranteed loan (guaranteed loan) after exiting a Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) forbearance period.

Under this proposed program, a servicer could consider a partial claim option after the servicer has evaluated all loss-mitigation options for feasibility. If the veteran qualifies and opts to move forward, VA would act as a mortgage investor of last resort by purchasing the amount of indebtedness necessary to bring the veteran’s guaranteed loan current. The veteran would have up to 60 months to defer repayment to VA and up 120 months to repay the loan in full, with the interest rate fixed at 1 percent per annum.