DeSantis announces launch of Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program

Initiative to help Floridians in more than 50 critical professions purchase first home

Gov. Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday announced the June 1 launch of the Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program.

The program will help Floridians in more than 50 critical professions purchase their first home. The Hometown Heroes Housing Program will be available to Floridians including law enforcement officers, firefighters, educators, healthcare professionals, childcare employees and active military or veterans.

Including this $100 million program, the governor also announced his intent to support the total of nearly $363 million appropriated for affordable and workforce housing in the 2022-23 budget – the highest total in 15 years. For more information click HERE.

The program is administered by the Florida Housing and Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) and has the highest and most inclusive eligibility of all Florida Housing down-payment assistance programs. The program is geared to expanding on Florida’s existing housing programs to reach critical workers and those who have served our country. Find more about the program HERE.

“In Florida, we value the contributions of our police, firefighters, teachers and nurses,” DeSantis said. “Our Hometown Heroes are the backbone of Florida communities and making sure that they can afford to be homeowners is a great way to give back to them and support the future of the American dream.”

“Florida Housing is extremely grateful to those who have remained committed to serving their communities, especially during these challenging financial times,” said Trey Price, executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corp. “Hometown Heroes will provide the financial assistance necessary to help these hardworking individuals finally achieve the American Dream of homeownership, and we look forward to the positive impacts this accomplishment will have on so many Florida families.”

Florida Housing received $100 million from the state Legislature this year to establish and administer the Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program. This program will aid essential community workers in 50 different eligible professions with down payment and closing cost assistance to help first-time, income-qualified homebuyers purchase a primary residence in the communities they serve. Funds will be available starting June 1, which coincides with National Homeownership Month. This occasion celebrates the value that owning a home brings to families, communities and neighborhoods across America.

To qualify for the program, homebuyers must connect with a participating loan officer, have a minimum credit score of 640, provide certification for one of the eligible occupations and meet the income threshold for their county. Eligible borrowers will receive up to 5 percent of the first mortgage loan amount (up to a maximum of $25,000) in down payment and closing cost assistance in the form of a 0 percent, non-amortizing, 30-year deferred second mortgage.

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