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Current Status for Down Payment Assistance Applications

Effective as of September 30, 2015, Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Services Department stopped accepting down payment assistance applications. Complete Applications received by the September 30
deadline and those that were already in process that are deemed eligible will be funded. Applications submitted after September 30
or that are not deemed complete submissions will not be processed.

Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Services will notify the public when we will be accepting down payment assistance applications again. To explore down payment assistance program and opportunities visit the Hillsborough County Finance Authority site. 


In order to be eligible for down payment assistance, a prospective first-time home buyer must be income eligible, complete a minimum eight (8) hour homebuyer education program and receive a "Completion Certificate". Additionally, a prospective first-time home buyer must obtain a first mortgage from a lender who is included on our list of FTHB Program Certified Lender Partners.  

Please note, a prospective home buyer does not have to be a first-time home buyer in order to purchase one of our Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) homes.  A first-time homebuyer is defined as a prospective homebuyer who has not owned a home in the past three (3) years.  If a prospective home buyer is receiving NSP funds for DPA and/or closing costs to purchase a home, they cannot own any real estate property at the time of application.  NSP homes are located in targeted neighborhoods.

Please note that an additional $5,000 in DPA funds may be awarded to a state certified teacher, state certified nurse, state certified firefighter, or a state certified law enforcement officer, if that homebuyer household needs it.

See the following links for additional assistance programs available to you:

Select Hillsborough County and enter the number of people in your household in the drop-down boxes and click go. 

Procedure To Apply:

  • Homebuyers must complete an 8-hour homebuyer education class and obtain a certificate of course completion.

            Homebuyer Education Provider List 

  • Interested homebuyers will need to contact a certified lender partner to pre-qualify for a fixed rate first-mortgage loan and submit a request for down payment assistance.

            Certified Lender- Partner List 

 Program Guide Resources


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