The Responsible Home Ownership program offers down payment assistance specifically to low-income individuals who have steady income and good credit.
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Responsible Home Ownership

FHA Downpayment Grants for Homebuyers

The Responsible Home Ownership program is operated the non-profit Community Housing and Development Corp. The Responsible Home Ownership program offers down payment assistance specifically to low-income individuals who have steady income and good credit. Home buyers may qualify for this program if;

  • They meet low-income criteria.
  • They are pre-qualified for an FHA home loan, or are approved for an FHA loan.
  • They want to buy a home in the United States.
  • The seller participates in the program.

To participate, a seller must sign the "Participating Home Agreement". Check with your loan officer and/or realtor to learn how to get your seller into the program if not currently involved. Funds from this program can be used for both closing costs and down payments.

Responsible Home down payment assistance program is different than other programs because it is not limited to owner-occupied single family residences. This program allows down payment assistance for multi-family homes or commercial purchases. (Some of the terms of this down payment assistance program may fall outside the bounds of what you are permitted to buy with an FHA loan.)

Check with your loan officer if you have specific questions about your participation in this program using an FHA-approved home loan. Down payment assistance programs require the seller to pay a fee to participate. The fee is considered a payment for services rendered and not a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

Additional Information:

Elimination of Non-profit Down Payment Assistance
On July 30, 2008, President Bush signed H.R. 3221 - Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Section 2113 of the bill 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 became effective October 1, 2008.
Since this program is no longer available, we recommend that you get pre-approved for a low down payment FHA home loan.

FHA LOAN QUESTION # 18   [ -more FHA questions- ]

Q: What is the debt-to-income ratio for FHA loans?

A: The FHA allows you to use 29% of your income towards housing costs and 41% towards housing expenses and other long-term debt. With a conventional loan, this qualifying ratio allows only 28% toward housing and 36% towards housing and other debt.

First time home buyers purchasing a home with an FHA loan or going through a HUD-approved charitable agency can use their 2009 First Time Homebuyer's Tax Credit to make their downpayment.
Down payment assistance programs allowed the seller and charitable organizations to contribute towards the closing costs and down payment of FHA loans.

FHALoan is a private corporation, is not a government agency, and does not make loans.