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Community Development - Housing Division
101 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids IA 52401



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Funding Availability Update - 4/21/17
Funds are currently fully committed for the City’s First Time Home Buyer (FTHB) program. Program applications will still be accepted until all funds are spent through real estate closings.  As applications are reviewed and deemed eligible, they will be placed on the wait list.  If funds become available, the wait list will be contacted for fund commitment. Information regarding the program and eligibility can be found below. Once funds are exhausted, the program will be closed.  Additional funds for the program are not anticipated until Fall, 2017.

You should not assume you will receive funding until funds are committed to you.

Program OverviewSingle Family New Construction Housing
The FTHB program provides $1,000-$5,000 in down payment assistance to eligible buyers.  The assistance is forgivable after 5 years.  

To be eligible, there are four main criteria:
  1. Be a first-time buyer
  2. Meet the income requirements
  3. Purchase an eligible property
  4. Meet debt and mortgage criteria
Details about these requirements can be found in the brochure or in this presentation.
Applicant Status Log - Updated  April 21, 2017
Each applicant is given an applicant code that can be used to track their status in the Applicant Status Log.  The status is updated weekly. The log also shows the status of funds available for the program.

Funding Status
Approved: 29
Pre-Qualified: 4
WaitList: 1
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Home Buyer Education

Applicants are required to complete a HUD-approved home buyer education course before applying. Locally, Horizons offers an on-line course that is HUD-approved, but applicants are able to take any course they choose. However, it must specifically state the course and agency are “HUD-approved” in order for it to meet the requirements of the First Time Home Buyer program.

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Jennifer Barten
Homeownership Program Coordinator
Phone: (319) 286-5874
Fax: (319) 286-5870


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