Homebuyer Assistance Program

Purchasing a home may be the greatest investment you will ever make. Buying a home involves many considerations and challenges. We can help.

Currently in Jefferson County, qualified homebuyers can receive up to $11,000 in forgivable loans to help them purchase a home. The funding can be used to pay for part of your down payment, all customary closing costs, prepaid items, reserves and home buyer counseling.

Down Payment Plus Program

  1. Grant Amount – up to $6,000 or $25% of first mortgageEqualHousing
  2. Must use a participating lender
  3. Education Fee – $100.00 paid by the grant
  4. Buyer must contribute at least $1,000 but no more than $2,000 towards the purchase of the property to receive full amount of grant, if contribution is less $2,000 grant amount will be less (earnest money, home inspection, home owners insurance, personal funds)
  5. Income cannot exceed 80% of Jefferson County Low-Moderate Income Guidelines
  6. Homebuyer education required – provided by RoxAnne Witte from JCEDC
  7. Total Debt-to-Income Ratio cannot exceed 50%
  8. Can be used with the following loan products – RD, HUD Section 184, FHA, VA, IHDA and WHEDA

HOME Consortium Down Payment Assistance Program

  1. Grant Amount – $5,000
  2. Must use a participating lender
  3. Income cannot exceed 80% of Jefferson County Low-Moderate Income Guidelines
  4. EqualHousingHomebuyer education required – provided by RoxAnne Witte from JCEDC
  5. Housing Debt-to-Income Ratio cannot be lower than 20%
  6. Total Debt-to-Income Ratio cannot exceed 50%
  7. Can be used with the following loan products – Conventional (fixed or adjustable rate), Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, RD, WHEDA, Federal and State VA, Habitat for Humanity, FHA
  8. Must pass HOME Consortium Code Requirement Inspection
  9. House Purchase Limit – $176,000

Homebuyer Education

Buyers can fulfill the required pre-purchase seminar through our office. We typically offer monthly seminars (February-October) that provide potential owners with education on the purchasing process and the many requirements associated with home ownership. The seminars allow qualified individuals to fulfill a requirement for the grants that are available for down payment and closing costs assistance. The seminars are free (education paid by the grant program) and are designed to educate homebuyers in the areas of the credit reporting process, responsibilities of homeownership, professionals who can assist throughout the process, special mortgage products and their requirements and more. Register for an upcoming class here. 

The one-on-one counseling requirement can also be completed through our office.

2018 Income Limits – Jefferson County

Household Size Income Limit
1 $42,750
2 $48,850
3 $54,950
4 $61,050
5 $65,950
6 $70,850
7 $75,750

Income limits are subject to change on a yearly basis. Click here for income limits for other counties.

Ready to get started? Sign up for a pre-purchase seminar here.