Down Payment Assistance

There’s No Place Like Home

A home is a valuable investment — often one of the largest and most important you make. However, it can be challenging to save the funds necessary for the costs associated with purchasing a home.

Through our Homebuyer Assistance programs, homeownership is an attainable goal. You may qualify to receive assistance for the down payment and/or closing costs to help you purchase the perfect home for you.

Read through the following programs, and notify your lender to get started in the application process. Each lender must first fill out the Home Buyer Assistance Application and then complete associated documents specific to the program they’re applying for (see below).

Down Payment Assistance Programs

Greenville County Homebuyer Assistance Program

Are you a first-time buyer hoping to buy a home in Greenville County? Is your median income at or below 80% Area Median Income? You may be eligible for a forgivable five-year loan up to $5,000 to go toward your down payment and/or closing costs.

Eligible Buyers

(must meet all requirements)

  • First-time homebuyers (or not have owned a home in 3 years)
  • Have a household income at or below 80% Area Median Income
  • Secure a 30 year, fixed-rate first mortgage
  • Invest a minimum of $500 into the home purchase
  • Attend a CommunityWorks orientation
  • Attend a homebuyer education workshop through Greenville County Human Relations Key Program
Eligible Properties
  • New and existing properties in Greenville County
  • Purchase price of home for new and existing constructions $200,000. If the home price is close to $200,000 a borrower’s income must be closer to the max AMI for their HH size.
  • The home must be the buyer’s principal residence
  • Monthly mortgage payment must be affordable (33% of monthly income)
Eligible Uses
  • Funds may be used for down payment and/or closing costs
  • The total of all mortgages on the property may not exceed 100% of appraised value.
  • Buyers may not receive any funds back at the time of closing
  • Funds will be released to the buyer’s attorney at closing
  • Assistance will be secured by a promissory note and a mortgage lien on the property
  • Assistance is a non-amortizing subordinate loan at 0% interest
  • Down payment assistance provided by GCRA will be forgiven over five years
  • Closing cost assistance provided by CW must be repaid upon sale of the property

A $325 loan origination fee and applicable wiring fees will be due at closing.

Associated documents