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Contact Information

Jennifer Barten, Homeownership Program Coordinator
Community Development - Housing Division

101 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids IA 52401



Department Contacts

Program Suspended March 17, 2020

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the program remains suspended.  At this time, there is not a date for re-opening the program.  Interested parties can request to be added to the information list by sending an email to j.barten@cedar-rapids.org.  The information list will be used to notify of any updates or re-opening dates.

Please note applications will not be accepted or processed during this time.  As any additional information becomes available, we will be in contact via the information list, and this website.  Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time.


Program OverviewSingle Family New Construction Housing
The FTHB program provides $1,000-$14,999 in down payment and closing cost 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 brochurepresentation, income limit chart, and FAQ.  Please note:  these documents reflect information from the prior funding round.
Funding Status - Suspended
Approved: 4
Pre-Qualified: 0
Remaining: 6

Document Section
Application (not available at this time)
Income Limit Chart (Updated 7/1/20)
Frequently Asked Questions

Program Application Forms:
Cash Contribution Form
Deposit Form
Child Support FormNo Taxes Form
Rental Property Form
Residency Verification Form
Self-Employment Form
Zero Income Form

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 is offered by a "HUD-approved" counseling agency in order for it to meet the requirements of the First Time Home Buyer program.

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


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