Housing Authority

Housing Authority

Down Payment Assistance

Thank you for your interest in our Down Payment Assistance Program. The City of Riverside has recently been awarded a CalHOME Grant from the State of California Department of Housing & Community Development. As of October 3rd, 2016, funds are still available.  Please contact a lender from our approved Lender list below in the Program Documents Box to get started.

Please Review income chart below to determine your eligibility:

Program Income Limit
1 person $37,550
2 persons $42,900
3 persons $48,250
4 persons $53,600
5 persons $57,900
6 persons $62,200
7 persons $66,500
8 persons $70,800

Program Guidelines:
  • The home may be a single-family residence, condo, townhome or manufactured home that meets Fannie Mae conventional guidelines and is considered real property.
  • The home must be free from any substantial health, safety or code issues and/or lead-based paint hazards.
  • The home must be located within Riverside city limits.

Eligibility Criteria
In order to qualify for the DPA Program, the following must be met:

  1. The home purchased must be your primary place of residence.
  2. You are now only required to contribute a minimum of one percent (1%) of the purchase price!
  3. Your credit score must meet City-established guidelines.
  4. You cannot have owned a home in the last three years.
  5. You cannot currently own any real property.

Loan Terms

CalHome funded down payment assistance loans are provided at a three percent simple interest. The loans require no monthly payments. Repayment is deferred for 30 years, unless the borrower sells, transfers, refinances or converts the home to a rental property.

Maximum Down Payment Assistance
The maximum amount of assistance cannot exceed $50,000 or 25% of the sales price, whichever is less.

Application Process
  1. Select a lender from the participating lenders list (see attached document). The lender will pre-qualify you and submit a package to the City for pre-approval (see attached application).
  2. Attend a HUD-approved homebuyer education class provided by Fair Housing Council of Riverside County (951-682-6581) or Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire, Inc. (909-884-6891)
  3. Find a home to purchase that meets program and pre-approval requirements after you have been prequalified by the City of Riverside for DPA.

Funds are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Quick Links
General Information
3900 Main Street 3rd Floor
Riverside, CA 92522

Phone: (951) 826-5371

Email: cddInfo@riversideca.gov

Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Major Holidays
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