City of Savannah Employee Home Purchase Assistance

General:Provides down payment and closing cost assistance to help qualified City of Savannah employees under the level of department head purchase their first home.  Employees must be in good standing and without recent disciplinary actions at time of purchase.   Buyers must qualify for bank or mortgage company financing with interest rates, fees and other terms that meet program requirements.  Resale restrictions apply.  The property must be located in the Savannah city limits.  This assistance can be used in combination with DreamMaker assistance.
Property Condition:New and existing houses in good condition that comply with program requirements.  Existing houses built before 1978 may not have defective paint at time of inspection.  Property cannot be occupied at time of application unless occupant is the buyer or unless the seller is the occupant. 
Typical Repairs:Buyers must hire a Home Inspection Company to inspect the house and identify needed or recommended repairs.  Most needed repairs must be completed by the seller prior to sale.   Program staff must confirm that needed repairs have been completed prior to sale.
Assistance:Typically, 5-year forgivable 0% interest loan not to exceed $6,000—loan is not repaid if the buyer continues to work for the employer and continues to be the owner-occupant of the house for five years from the date of the loan.
Buyer Income:Buyer must be below department head level.
Application Deadlines:Ongoing, year-round, providing resources remain available.
Contact:Tiwana Bacon (912) 525-3100 Ext. 1890

Home Purchase Assistance Application