Homebuyer Down Payment Grants
Loan Assistance Programs Canceled in 2008
Elimination of Nonprofit Down Payment Assistance: On July 30, 2008, President Bush signed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 which prohibits seller-funded DPA (Down Payment Assistance) for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. Prior to this bill, the seller could contribute up to 6% to the buyer to cover either a down payment or closing costs on an FHA loan. The changes took effect on Oct. 1, 2008. We provide this information for reference only. These grants are no longer available.
The AmeriDream program offers gift funds up to 10% of the home's purchase price which do not have to be paid back. Buyers must agree however, to return any funds that are not used toward down payments or closing costs and to return the funds if the sale of the home does not close on the scheduled closing date.
The Nehemiah Program has helped over a quarter of a million Americans purchase homes. Unlike some down payment assistance programs, Nehemiah offers down payment help to anyone who qualifies for an approved FHA loan. Buyers can get up to 6% of the final contract sales price for down payment and/or closing costs.
American Family Funds (AFF) administers The Dove Foundation, a non-profit charity offering down payment and/or closing cost assistance to qualified American homebuyers. Once you are pre-qualified for the FHA loan and find a property you want to buy, notify your loan officer, who will apply for the AFF down payment assistance on your behalf.
Family Home Providers is a non-profit affordable housing company offering down payment assistance to any family with steady employment and good credit. Under the Family Home Providers plan, those with an FHA loan are eligible for 3% of the final contract price of the home purchased with the FHA approved loan.
Futures Home Assistance is a non-profit charity group offering a free down payment gift up to 6% of the closing costs of a home purchased with an FHA loan. The mission statement of Futures Home Assistance includes the belief that people who dream of owning a home should not be hindered because of a lack of down payment funds.
The Genesis Program, also known as Grant America, is a non-profit down payment assistance program. It is operated by the Penobscot Indian Tribal Nation and is HUD-approved to offer up to $34,000 in assistance, even to those living outside tribal jurisdiction.
The Housing Action Resource Trust or HART program is a non-profit housing organization offering help to homebuyers who qualify for FHA "first mortgage" loans. A first mortgage does not mean "first-time homebuyers only," but rather those who are getting the initial mortgage and not applying for a second mortgage or home equity loan.
Newsong provides a down payment assistance program for residential and commercial properties. This program offers a one-time gift for all closing costs, and there are no income requirements or limits on who can participate. Anyone who qualifies for an FHA loan can apply to receive down payment help from Newsong.
Partners In Charity (PIC) is a non-profit group offering down payment assistance on properties such as single-family homes, condominiums, and multi-unit properties. Assistance is also available for rehabilitation programs. Partners In Charity funds are offered to those who qualify for FHA loans or are pre-approved for FHA loan amounts.
The Responsible Home Ownership program is run by a non-profit organization called Community Housing and Development Corporation. This program offers down payment assistance to low-income individuals who have steady income and good credit. Check with your loan officer if you have specific questions about your participation in this program using an FHA home loan.
Quickdown is a program that works with non-profit agencies to provide down payment assistance. Homebuyers who benefit from Quickdown are those who qualify for approved or pre-approved FHA home loans. This program is designed for those who want to buy a home but are "cash challenged" and can't afford the down payment.