Helping Low-Income, First-Time Homebuyers

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We offer a purchase assistance program for first-time, low income homebuyers to help them finance their first home.

Financial Assistance for Low Income Homebuyers

The Low Income Purchase Assistance Program helps first-time, low income homebuyers purchase homes by providing loans to cover the down payment, acquisition, and closing costs.

Who’s eligible

  • First-time homebuyers who have not had an ownership interest in any real property at any time during the last three years

  • U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents, or other qualified aliens

  • Applicants whose total household income of all of the adults, 18 years of age or older who will be living in the home, is at or below the income limits shown on the table below
2019 Income Limit
Number of persons in household 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Combined income limit $58,450 $66,800 $75,150 $83,500 $90,200 $96,900 $103,550 $110,250


Other Program Requirements

  • Applicants must attend an 8-hour, in-person Homebuyer Education Class given by one of our approved providers

  • Applicants must contribute a minimum of 1% of the home price from their own funds as down payment. Some homebuyers may be required to contribute more than 1% toward the down payment

  • Homebuyers must occupy the home as their principal residence


Loan Amount

We provide a loan of up to $90,000 for down payment, closing costs, and acquisition.


Home purchase price limit

  • Single Family Homes: $745,750

  • Condominiums & Townhomes: $513,000


Loan terms

  • Deferred, requiring no monthly payments

  • Loans have a Shared Appreciation component in which the City will share a certain percentage of the appreciation in the value of the property. For an example of Shared Appreciation, click here 

  • Repayment is due on sale, title transfer, first mortgage repayment, or in 30 years

  • Refinancing of first mortgage is allowed under certain conditions


Eligible properties

  • One unit properties, i.e. single family residences including townhomes and condominiums

  • Properties must be located in Los Angeles

  • Properties cannot be occupied by tenants

  • Approved short sales/pays, foreclosed and REO properties and regular sales

  • All properties are inspected by the City to ensure they meet all applicable state and local housing standards and code requirements. We also conduct a Lead Based Paint Visual Assessment on the property to identify deteriorated paint in the homes. All properties must pass the City inspection. Any required corrections or repairs on the property should be done at the cost of the owner or homebuyer and must be completed before the application for financial assistance is submitted.


Example of how this program works?

We provide purchase assistance up to a maximum of $60,000.  The Low Income Purchase Assistance loan provides the difference between the purchase price plus closing costs (up to 5% of the sales price) and the amount of the buyer’s first mortgage loan, down payment and other funding sources.


Purchase Price of Home:


Buyer's Closing Costs:




Funds Available: 


First Mortgage Amount (for which buyer qualifies)


Homebuyer Down Payment (1% of purchase price)


City Purchase Assistance Loan

$ 90,000



Total City loan in the above example is $90,000.


How to apply

Please contact one of our Participating Lender English / Participating Lender Spanish to get pre-qualified for a first mortgage and City loan or call (213) 808-8800 for more information.