In an effort to help lenders under-stand how to use Freddie Macs under-writing guidelines better, Freddie Oct. 6 unveiled an aggressive program aim-ed at expanding the affordable housing market and changing attitudes about the companys perceived strict loan criteria.

Two new programs spearhead Freddies latest effortGold Measure and Discover Gold Through Expand-ing Markets. Both were developed to help lenders help themselves, although both take different paths toward meeting that end.

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