Down Payment Assistance Program

The Down Payment Assistance Program through the Office of Housing and Community Development has exhausted all funding. New applications will be accepted beginning July 2019.
The Down Payment Assistance Program provides qualified homebuyers with a loan to assist with purchasing a home which will be their primary residence. The Down Payment Assistance Program is available to any homebuyer that is looking to purchase an existing or newly constructed home in the Louisville Metro area. You do not have to be a first time homebuyer to qualify, however, all homebuyers must be credit and income qualified, see income limits below.
The goals of the Down Payment Assistance Program are to:
  • Encourage homeownership throughout the Louisville Metro area which is economical to low-moderate income consumers in order to assist in preventing future foreclosures;
  • Encourage mixed-income neighborhoods and the de-concentration of poverty;
  • Encourage homeownership in Metro’s Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas;
  • Assist homebuyers in becoming informed consumers in order to successfully navigate real estate transactions and to understand the responsibility of homeownership;
How to Qualify:
  • Homebuyers must have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income, adjusted for household size, to qualify. Household income will be verified by Metro. Click to view the Current Income Limits
  • Homebuyers must be able to obtain a first mortgage from a local financial institution
  • Homebuyers must be credit qualified, in which there shall be no unpaid collections, past due balances and no un-discharged bankruptcies on the credit report. Medical collections up to $10,000.00 are permitted.
  • Homebuyers with more than $15,000 in liquid assets will be deemed ineligible as the program is designed to aid those in need of assistance.
  • Homebuyers must occupy the purchased home as their primary residence for a period of 5 – 15 years, depending upon the amount of assistance received.
  • Homes eligible for down payment assistance must meet the Home Ownership Value Limits. Click to view Home Purchase Price Limits
  • The maximum amount of Down Payment Assistance per homebuyer will be no more than 20% of the purchase price, but also based on the need the individual buyer.
How to Apply:
  • Homebuyer(s) complete homeownership counseling from a HUD Certified Counseling Agency. Click to see list 
  • Homebuyer(s) obtain first mortgage pre-approval from financial institution
  • Homebuyer(s) applies to the Down Payment Assistance Program
  • Homebuyer(s) receive entrance or denial into the Homebuyer Assistance Program based upon income
  • Upon approval, homebuyer(s) engages Realtor (if not already done so) to assist in home search.
  • Homebuyer(s) locates home and obtains accepted sales contract (Home Purchase Packet information to be completed by homebuyer(s))
  • Homebuyer(s) submits Home Purchase Packet to Metro
  • Case review board reviews and approves the amount of assistance available to the homebuyer(s)
  • Homebuyer(s) closes on home
  • Vacant & abandoned properties only – rehabilitation of home occurs and property passes Metro inspection before occupancy
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