Down Payment Assistance Program

The Cuyahoga County Down Payment Assistance Program is an effort to support homeownership for those whose income is in the low to moderate range. The program, which is administered by CHN Housing Partners, allows eligible homebuyers to receive down payment assistance in the amount of 17% of the total transaction.

Eligibility and Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

Eligible Homes:

  • Single family, owner-occupied
  • Existing houses or new construction
  • Property must be occupied by the seller, or vacant for at least 90 days before closing
  • Property must be inspected for code violations and for defective paint
  • Code violations and defective paint must be corrected before the buyer can take title or occupy the house

Eligible Households:

  • Homebuyers may not have owned a home in the past 3 years
  • Homebuyers must occupy the dwelling as their primary residence
  • Homebuyers total household income cannot exceed the stated income limits and they must be current on all taxes
  • Loan to Value (LTV) of first mortgage may not exceed 80%
  • Housing Debt to Income (DTI) ratio may not exceed 28%
  • Overall DTI ratio may not exceed 43%

Application and Contact Information

For additional details and application instructions, visit the CHN Housing Partners website or call directly at 216-574-7100.

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