metroDPA

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Think you can’t afford to buy a home in the Denver area? We can help. metroDPA is helping people throughout the Front Range become homeowners. If you make up to $176,700 a year and have a credit score above 640, metroDPA can help with a home loan and down payment assistance to help you buy a home.

You may receive up to 5% of the mortgage loan amount for your down payment – with no interest and you don’t have to pay it back if you stay in the home for three years.

Sound too good to be true? We’re legit. metroDPA is a program sponsored by the City & County of Denver to help more residents become homeowners in our tough real estate market.

Don’t live in Denver? metroDPA is available in all of these Front Range cities and counties.

Visit metroDPA.org for more information about the program.

metroDPA Social Equity Program

Are you a resident or descendent of someone who lived in a Denver neighborhood that was redlined between 1938 and 2000? If so, you may be eligible for $15,000 or $25,000 toward a down payment on a home!

These funds are intended to help increase homeownership in communities of color that were historically targeted by discriminatory lending practices like redlining. The funds may be used for the purchase of a home anywhere in Front Range areas approved through the metroDPA program (see above).

You can use this map to search for an address and see if it is an eligible property. Areas shaded in orange are historically redlined neighborhoods that are eligible for the Social Equity program.

Once you’ve determined that a property you or your parent or grandparent lived in is within the eligible area, just fill out the application below to provide documentation of residency, as well as credit and income qualifications for a metroDPA home loan.

 

 

More about the Social Equity program

The Metro Down Payment Assistance (metroDPA) Social Equity program will make additional down payment assistance available to those home buyers and their direct descendants who can demonstrate residential ties to a historically redlined neighborhood. A direct descendent is defined as natural or adopted children including subsequent generations of natural or adopted children. HOST is committed to supporting applicants to the metroDPA Social Equity program in confirming the eligibility of applicants and will use the data provided to assist applicants with their eligibility.

Additionally, HOST partners with various participating lenders throughout the metro Denver area to provide down payment assistance to qualified home buyers. Applicants will need to qualify for a first mortgage with a participating metroDPA lender to receive the Social Equity assistance at the time of home purchase. In order for this partnership with lenders to work, there is some sharing of applicant data necessary to confirm applicant eligibility in the down payment assistance program. Consenting to this  limited purpose sharing of data will enable HOST to make the metroDPA Social Equity program assistance available to eligible home buying applicants.

 

metroDPA & Social Equity Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is metroDPA?
Metro Down Payment Assistance (metroDPA) is a program sponsored by the City & County of Denver helping people throughout the Front Range become homeowners. It provides a home loan and down payment assistance to help people become homeowners in all of these Front Range cities and counties.

Who is eligible?
metroDPA: People who make up to $176,700 a year and have a credit score above 640 are eligible for a home loan and down payment assistance to purchase a home in these Front Range cities and counties.

metroDPA Social Equity: Residents and direct descendants (the child or grandchild) of residents who lived in a Denver neighborhood that was redlined between 1938 and 2000 are eligible for the metroDPA Social Equity program. Proof of eligibility must be supplied to the Denver Department of Housing Stability (HOST) and is subject to approval by HOST. If someone qualifies, they may receive $15,000 or $25,000 (depending upon their income) and must be approved to use a metroDPA home loan.

What kinds of documents are accepted with the metroDPA Social Equity application? 
Acceptable Documentation:

  • Bank documents 

  • Court documents 

  • Credit card statements 

  • Driver’s licenses 

  • Income tax records (W-2, 1099, or first two pages of personal tax return) 

  • Insurance documents 

  • Lease agreements 

  • Marriage license 

  • Military documents 

  • Paystubs or letters of employment 

  • Phone bills 

  • Property deed or property tax records 

  • Public benefit records 

  • School records 

  • State identification cards 

  • Utility bills 

  • Vehicle registration 

  • Voter registration records 

  • Other forms of verification may be accepted on a case-by-case basis 

Familial Relationship Documents:

  • Birth certificate or decree / order of adoption 

  • Census records 

  • Probate records / wills 

  • Religious institutional records 

  • Obituaries / newspaper articles 

  • Other forms of verification may be accepted on a case-by-case basis 

Do I have to live in Denver or buy a home in Denver to apply?
No. The metroDPA and metroDPA Social Equity programs are available to qualified applicants so long as the home they are purchasing is in any of these Front Range cities and counties.

How does the program work? How much can I get toward a down payment?
metroDPA: You can get up to 5% of the home loan (first mortgage loan) amount for your down payment in the form of an interest-free, 3-year forgivable second mortgage – there are no scheduled payments and you don’t have to pay the assistance loan (second mortgage) back if you stay in the home for three years.

metroDPA Social Equity: If you are eligible and approved for the metroDPA Social Equity program, you may be eligible for $15,000 or $25,000 toward your down payment or closing costs. This is also an interest-free, 3-year forgivable assistance loan (second mortgage). The home loan available for the Social Equity program is the metroDPA’s lowest available interest rate for the type of home loan.

What other program requirements are there?
You must use a metroDPA-approved lender to obtain a 30-year fixed rate home loan (first mortgage) in order to receive down payment assistance. The mortgage may be an FHA, VA or USDA loan or a conventional loan and will be determined in cooperation with your lender.

What lenders can I work with?
metroDPA loans are available through approved lenders. Contact our team for referrals to trained professionals ready to assist you. Contact Diana minardid@stifel.com or at 720-673-3948 or Amanda Seltenreich at seltenreicha@stifel.com or at 720-673-3962.

What is a second mortgage?
The assistance loan is in the form of a second mortgage, which creates a lien on the property for a specific amount of time. In this case, the amount of time is three years after the date of closing on the home. The loan is forgiven over a three year period. You may sell or refinance your home before the end of the three years and only repay the unforgiven portion.

What does “forgivable” second mortgage mean?
Over the first three years (36 months) of ownership, the down payment assistance is forgiven 1/36th each month. After the third anniversary (36 months) of closing, you will not have to repay any portion of the assistance you received. If you sell or refinance before the 36 months is up, you must pay back the remaining portion of the loan.

Here is an example: A borrower received $10,000 in assistance and 28 months after closing they decide to refinance their home. They are going to owe back a portion of the assistance they received. Remember, the assistance is forgiven at 1/36th per month which means, in month 28 after closing, $7,777 of the $10,000 amount has been forgiven. So, the borrower will owe $2,223 when they refinance or sell their home.

How much assistance does this program offer?
metroDPA: A homeowner may receive up to 5% of their home loan (first mortgage amount) based upon the loan product (FHA, VA, USDA or conventional). As an example, if a borrower was to purchase a home and their loan amount was $300,000, if they use the FHA loan product and receive 5% of down payment and closing cost assistance, the borrower would receive $15,000 to be used as down payment and closing cost assistance.

metroDPA Social Equity: A homeowner may receive $15,000 or $25,000 based upon their income level and HOST’s approval of their Social Equity application.

In either case, the homeowner must use a home loan (first mortgage loan) provided through the metroDPA program.

What can and can’t I use the assistance for?
The assistance may be used for the down payment required by FHA, Conventional, USDA and VA loans. The assistance may also be used for customary closing costs, pre-paids or principal reduction of the home loan. The assistance may not be used to pay the difference between the sales price and appraised value, any borrower’s debt, any portion of the realtor compensation or result in cash back to the homeowner(s).

Why is the City helping with down payment assistance?
These programs will help the Denver Department of Housing Stability (HOST) work toward our Five-Year Strategic Plan goal of increasing homeownership for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in Denver from 41% to 45% by 2026. The metroDPA Social Equity program was specifically designed to help residents who lived in areas that were historically targeted by discriminatory lending practices like redlining. HOST is strongly committed to equity and utilizing data and programs to inform our work so that race is no longer a predictor of housing outcomes.

Promoting homeownership in our community can help build generational wealth, strengthen the Front Range, and bring stability to its residents.