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First-Time Home Buyer Programs

Looking to purchase your first home? The City of Garden Grove wants you to come join the Garden Grove family! The City of Garden Grove is now offering the CalHOME Grant and the Workforce Initiative Subsidy for Homeownership Grant (WISH). Qualifying families who are looking to purchase a home in Garden Grove can apply and utilize funds from both programs.

Program Requirements

  • Have not owned a home within last three years
  • Attend the City's free First-Time Home Buyer Workshop (register below)
  • Pass the free certification exam
  • Home is located within Garden Grove
  • Owner must occupy the home
  • Must income-qualify (see chart below)
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Total Annual Household Income $66,500 $76,000 $85,500 $94,950 $102,550 $110,150 $117,750 $125,350

Income Limits are provided by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and are subject to change without notice…

Program Details


  • Up to $22,000 matching grant (4 to 1)
  • For every $1 home buyer puts towards down payment/closing costs, City will match with $4
  • Down payment and/or closing cost assistance
  • Forgivable after 5 years

WISH Application (PDF)


  • Up to $60,000
  • 30-year deferred loan
  • 3% simple interest
  • GAP Financing
  • Minimum of 1% down payment
  • CalHOME funding is based on availability

CalHOME Application (PDF)

Upcoming Workshops

  • 2020-2021 Workshop Schedule Coming Soon!

Workshops will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 12732 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840
To secure your spot at one of the workshops, you should register for one of the workshops above and bring the confirmation email to the workshop. There are a limited number of spots available for these workshops. Priority will be given to those individuals who register. Those who do not register will be allowed to attend the workshops, but only if spots are available.

Required Application Documents

  • Most Current W2's for 3 years
  • Most Current 30 days of pay stubs, must be consecutive
  • 3 years Personal Tax Returns (all pages, these are your 1040's)
  • 3 years Business Tax Returns (if you are self employed or own a business)
  • Most current benefit award letter (social security, pension, etc.) if you are retired
  • Most current retirement statement, if you are direct deposit, bank statement will suffice
Assets and ID
  • Most current 2 months bank statements (all pages) - review your deposit, if you have $500.00 and above and it's not payroll, please provide an explanation
  • 401K, IRA, CD's, 203B's, etc., 2 months of the most current statements, or if quarterly most current quarter (all pages)
  • Terms of withdrawal (if using money from retirement account such as 401K)
  • Copy of drivers' license or any government issued ID
  • Copy of resident alien and social security card if not US citizen
Miscellaneous Documents
  • VA loan - DD214
  • Child support order & divorce decree (all pages) or 3 months of bank statements
  • If you filed bankruptcy in the past 7 years, all pages of the bankruptcy documents including discharged
  • If you do not have 2 years of employment and are attending school, a copy of the diploma or transcripts

For further questions regarding these programs, please call one of the contacts below.

Timothy Throne
Program Specialist
City of Garden Grove
(714) 741-5144
Timothy Hurlbut
Branch Manager
Benchmark Mortgage
(949) 231-0142