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DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE

A variety of down payment assistance programs are available to aspiring homeowners to help bridge the gap and close on their homes. Programs typically assist first-time homeowners through grants or zero-interest forgivable loans. 

 

Funds may be used for:

  • Down payment as required by the first mortgage lender

  • A reduction to the first mortgage as needed for loan qualification

  • Qualified closing costs

 

Below are state and locally funded down payment assistance programs. 

 

Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)

MI Home Loan Program

  • Available to first-time homebuyers who have not owned a home in the previous three years statewide and to repeat homebuyers in targeted areas.

  • Household income limits apply and can vary depending on family size and property location.

  • Buyer's personal investment must equal at least 1% of purchase price.

  • Sales Price limit - $224,500 statewide.

  • Minimum credit score of 640 required or 660 for multiple-section manufactured homes.

Down Payment Assistance available

More information available at michigan.gov/mshda/homeownership.

 

City of Lansing Down Payment Assistance

  • Up to $14,999 in assistance available.

  • Available to first-time homebuyers who have not owned a home in the previous three years.

  • Buyer must meet income and asset limits to qualify for the program.

  • Home must be within City of Lansing city limits, permanently affixed and taxed as real estate.

  • Home must pass City of Lansing DPA inspection.

  • Buyer’s personal investment must equal at least $1,000.

  • Completion of Home Buyer Education course is required before closing.

  • Limited funds are available and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Complete application can be submitted to LeighAnna Beach at leighanna@capitalareahousing.org, or dropped off at CAHP's office located at 600 W. Maple, Lansing, MI 48906.

Application Packet

More information available at lansingmi.gov/366/Down-Payment-Assistance

 

 

City of East Lansing Down Payment Assistance

  • Up to $30,000 in assistance available.

  • Buyer must meet income and asset limits to qualify for the program.

  • Home must be within City of East Lansing city limits.

  • Buyer’s personal investment must equal at least 1% of purchase price.

  • Deed restrictions are recorded at the time of purchase requiring the home to remain owner-occupied for 30 years.

  • Completion of CAHP Home Buyer Education course is required before closing.

  • Limited funds are available and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Complete application can be submitted to Emma Henry at emma@capitalareahousing.org, or dropped off at CAHP's office located at 600 W. Maple, Lansing, MI 48906.

Application Packet

 

 

City of East Lansing Employee Homeownership Program (EHOP)

  • Up to $10,000 in assistance available for a home located in a target East Lansing neighborhood.

  • Funds can be used to cover down payments and/or closing costs. 

Complete application can be submitted to Emma Henry at emma@capitalareahousing.org, or dropped off at CAHP's office located at 600 W. Maple, Lansing, MI 48906.

Application Checklist and Form