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HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance

The HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance Program promotes the acquisition of privately owned one- to four-family homes, cooperatives, and condominiums for owner-occupancy within the five boroughs of New York City by providing a forgivable loan of up to $40,000 for down payment or closing costs to qualified homebuyers earning up to 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI). Upon successful completion of the homebuyer education classes, prospective first-time homebuyers will receive a HomeFirst Homebuyer Certificate issued by the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) that verifies their eligibility for a HomeFirst forgivable loan of up to $40,000 toward down payment or closing costs on a new home.

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  • Supply/Demand: Demand
  • Category: Land and Financing
  • Scale: Medium Scale (between 1,000 and 4,999 units)
  • Timeframe: 2004 - Present
  • Occupancy tenure: Homeownership
  • Building Type: One- to Four-family
  • Income Restrictions: Households must have an annual income of up to 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).
  • Special Populations: First-time Homebuyers

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