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First Time Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance

Notice (September 1, 2015) - The City of Worcester is renewing its commitment to provide Down Payment Assistance in FY16 (7/15-6/16). The existing program structure is undergoing some revisions, which are aimed to be much more favorable to the first time homebuyers and hopefully streamline the City's processing of the agreements and disbursements. In order to comply with both HUD guidelines and your lender partner's underwriting standards however, we need to temporarily suspend the acceptance of any further applications for approximately 4-6 weeks.

Worcester Lead Abatement Program

Program Overview

Properties that have lead-based paint hazards may be eligible for grant funded assistance for lead abatement services through the City of Worcester's Lead Paint Abatement Program. In order to obtain more information regarding the program, applicants are encouraged to contact the City of Worcester's Division of Housing Development at (508) 799-1400, or through the City of Worcester Website.

Additional Resources - First Time Home Buyer Education Classes and Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Central Massachusetts

In order to qualify for down payment assistance, applicants must complete a homebuyer course through an approved counseling agency. NeighborWorks offers a free orientation and offers a first-time homebuyer education course with certification as well as credit counseling and budgeting. NeighborWorks also offers mortgage foreclosure prevention counseling. For more information regarding these programs, applicants are encourage to go to contact the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Central Massachusetts at (508) 791-2170, or through

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance

MAHA offers similar programming. More information can be found at MAHA also provides affordable home listings for first time home buyers at

Citizens Housing and Planning Association

CHAPA offers homebuyer workshops. More information can be found at

Worcester East Side CDC

Housing counseling services can be found at

Resources for Communities and People

Housing counseling services can be found at

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