Veterans and Military Personnel Pave Affordable Paths to Homeownership with Targeted Homebuyer Assistance Programs
Down Payment Resource’s Q2 2022 HPI report shows growth in homebuyer assistance programs for the third consecutive quarter despite economic conditions slightly limiting available funding
Each quarter, we issue a Homeownership Program Index (HPI) report that examines data from our DOWN PAYMENT RESOURCE® database to uncover noteworthy changes and trends in U.S. homebuyer assistance programs.
Our Q2 2022 HPI report revealed a 1.6% uptick in the number of homebuyer assistance programs available to help people finance homes, raising the number of programs to 2,273, a net increase of 35 over the previous quarter. Of these programs, 83.5% had funds available for eligible homebuyers as of July 5, 2022.
Here is a breakdown of the homebuyer assistance programs added last quarter:
Housing programs for veterans: There was a 4.5% increase in programs that waive the first-time homebuyer requirement for veterans — growing from 176 in Q1 2022 to 184 in Q2 2022.
The Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program is available to public servants and frontline workers including active military and veterans, firefighters, educators, healthcare workers and childcare professionals. Eligible borrowers can receive lower than market mortgage rates in addition to down payment and closing cost assistance up to 5% of the first mortgage loan amount (maximum of $25,000) in the form of a 0%, non-amortizing, 30-year deferred second mortgage.
Program repayment features: Of the 1,542 DPA programs, which include community seconds, grants and combined assistance programs, 86.3% offer a deferred repayment option, 57.9% are completely forgivable and 51.7% are both deferred and forgivable.
The San Diego Housing Commission’s Closing Cost Forgivable Loan offers first time homebuyers earning no more than 100 percent of San Diego’s area median income (AMI) closing cost assistance of up to four percent of the purchase price, not to exceed $10,000. The assistance is forgiven at the end of six years as long as the property remains owner occupied and there are no further encumbrances.
Programs that support multi-family housing purchases increased by 4.9% in Q2 2022, bringing the total number of programs in this category up to 583, or 27.9% of all available programs.
The number of programs supporting manufactured housing grew by 31, a 5.2% increase over the previous quarter, bringing the total number of programs in this category up to 625. This marks a quarters-long trend in increased manufactured home acceptance. In Q4 2021, 27.9% of homebuyer assistance programs supported the purchase of manufactured housing. In Q1 2022 the number grew to 28.8% and in Q2 it increased again to 29.9%.
A complete, state-by-state list of homebuyer assistance programs can be viewed here.
The number of inactive and temporarily suspended homebuyer assistance programs grew in Q2 2022, but this minor decrease in available funding was offset by the 35 programs added in the same timeframe. With inflation reaching its highest point in 40 years and rising interest rates, expanding homeownership accessibility through down payment and closing cost assistance are important to serving homebuyers in these market conditions.
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