Hope VI Homeownership Program

Turning hope into homes.

Hope VI Homeownership

Turning hope into homes.

The HOPE VI Homeownership Program helps Frederick County residents transition from renting to owning. Buyers must secure a first mortgage from a private lender; HOPE VI provides funds to cover the difference between the first mortgage and the purchase price.

The HOPE VI Homeownership Program is a partnership—not a charity. This is not a giveaway program. Upon sale of the home, the silent second mortgage will be immediately paid in full from the proceeds plus a portion of capital gains. No payments are due on this mortgage until that time.

The selection of homeowners will use criteria that do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, or ethnic background. All applicable federal and state laws regarding mortgage lending will be followed.

Qualified applicants will be able to purchase a home in three distinct communities:

 

Vermont Court

3 bedroom, 1.5 bath units starting at less than $150,000.

Minimum annual income requirement $17,500

Silent second mortgage covers the difference between the price and

qualified first mortgage amount.

Available immediately

 

 North Pointe

2-3 bedrooms, approximately 1500—2000 sq ft, starting at $325,000.

Minimum annual income requirement $25,000

Silent second mortgage up to $150,000

Available 2017

 

South Carroll

2-3 bedrooms, approximately 1500 sq ft, starting at $325,000.

Minimum annual income requirement $25,000

Silent second mortgage up to $150,000

Available late 2017—early 2018

 

Program Qualifications

To qualify for participation in the HOPE VI Homeownership Program you must:

MINIMUM HOUSEHOLD INCOME
$17,500 Vermont Court Properties
$25,000 North Pointe & South Carroll Properties
MAXIMUM HOUSEHOLD INCOME                                                             PER # OF HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS
1 $49,150
2 $56,150
3 $63,150
4 $70,150
5 $75,800
6 $81,400
7 $87,000
8 $92,600
Based on 2016 Section 8 Income Limits
  • Have a stable, verifiable income within the minimum and maximum income requirements.
  • Be consistently employed full-time (minimum of 30 hours per week) for one (1) year prior to purchasing a home.
  • Be a first-time homeowner.
  • Have sufficient creditworthiness to secure a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. (Minimum 620 credit score.)
  • Contribute 3% of the purchase price, 1% of which must be from your own personal funds.
  • Be in full compliance with your lease (including not owing your landlord any money).
  • Successfully complete a homeownership certification class.
  • If not a current HACF resident or participant, meet the eligibility criteria for admission to public housing.
  • Provide a pre-approval letter from a lender. A list of reputable lenders is available at www.bbb.org. Buyers must borrow the maximum approved amount.

 

 

Steps to Homeownership

If you meet the program qualifications, follow these steps to start the approval process:

 

  1. COMPLETE HOMEOWNERSHIP TRAINING. Contact the Frederick Community Action Agency at 301-600-1506 to sign up for their next Homeownership 101 training session. (Remember to get your training certificate to attach to your application.)

 

  1. GET A PRE-APPROVAL LETTER. Contact a mortgage lender and determine your mortgage qualification amount. A list of reputable lenders is available at www.bbb.org. Buyers must borrow the maximum approved amount.

 

  1. SUBMIT APPLICATION AND DOCUMENTATION. Submit required documentation to Angie Liddiard, HACF Director of Economic Development. Mail to: 629 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701. Email to: aliddiard@hacfrederick.org. If you have questions, please call 240-578-4012.

 

Required Documentation

  •  Pre-approval letter from lender
  •  Completed HOPE VI Homeownership Program Application (can be found online at hacfrederick.org/hope6)
  •  Copy of credit report and score (min. 620) from within last 90 days
  •  Previous 2 years’ tax returns
  •  Last 3 months’ statements for all bank accounts
  •  Last 3 paystubs
  •  Social Security Cards and Birth Certificates for all household members.
  •  Picture ID

 

  1. FINAL APPROVAL. After you have completed all the above steps, your information will be reviewed. If you are approved, you can begin the home-buying process.

Hope VI Brochure 

Hope VI Full Application

If you do not meet these requirements, please look at other homeownership programs here.