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City Offering First-Time Home Buyer Programs

July 2, 2020

The City is offering First-Time Home Buyer Programs for qualifying low-income families as well as First-Time Home Buyer virtual workshops.

The CalHome loan is a 30-year deferred payment loan requiring no monthly payments, not exceeding $60,000, which accrues 3-percent simple annual interest for the life of the loan. The loan is designed to assist with covering the difference between a qualifying mortgage amount and the actual price of a single-family home for qualified low- and very low-income families.

The City also offers the Workforce Initiative Subsidy for Homeownership Grant. The matching grant is up to $22,000 that assists qualifying low- and very low-income families with the down payment or closing costs. For every dollar a resident puts towards the down payment, the City will match with four dollars.

There are openings available for the First-Time Home Buyer workshops which introduce potential Garden Grove homeowners to the process of buying a home, how to qualify for a home mortgage, and information regarding financial assistance programs offered through the City.

The virtual workshops will take place on August 29, 2020; October 24, 2020; December 5, 2020; February 27, 2021; April 24, 2021; and June 5, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Further instructions on how to access the virtual workshops will be provided to participants the week leading up to each date.

To sign up for the workshop, or to obtain more information on the City’s First-Time Home Buyer Programs contact Timothy Throne at (714) 741-5144, Benchmark Mortgage at (949) 231-0142, or visit the Neighborhood Improvement website at