Overview: Programs That Make it Easier for People to Buy Homes

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Buying a home can be especially challenging for people with disabilities.  Many have difficulty qualifying due to low income or little money for a down payment.  One in three persons with a disability lives at or below the poverty level.  This makes it challenging for lenders to qualify a disabled person for a traditional mortgage.  Don’t let this stop you.  The following programs and organizations may be able to help.

Section 8 - The Home Ownership voucher program


The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers Section 8, Housing Choice Vouchers to assist low and moderate income individuals with disabilities get homeownership or adequate rental housing.


Section 8 can be viewed as a subsidy program due to the limited income of many disabled people.  If you are currently on Section 8 contact the Housing Specialist assigned to your account for more information about the Section 8 Homeownership program.

Fannie Mae

Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) offers many mortgage products and initiatives to provide homeownership opportunities for people with disabilities or with family members who have disabilities. A popular mortgage is the Community HomeChoice mortgage.  This is a single family mortgage loan program designed for low-to-moderate income persons with disabilities, or for a person who has a family member with a disability. The program offers flexibility in terms of loan-to-value, credit history, down payment sources and qualifying ratios.
 
The process of obtaining a mortgage through the program can be overwhelming.   You may want to see a housing counselor at the Detroit Public Housing Commission at (313) 887-8000 or 1301 E. Jefferson, Detroit to complete an application.


The N.O.A.H. Foundation


The National Opportunities for Affordable Housing Foundation, or N.O.A.H., is a nonprofit agency that educates buyers and has a special focus on affordable housing and assistance with downpayments and closing costs.  Email them at FreeMoney@NOAH-DPA.org

Homes for Our Troops

This is a non-profit organization that provides individually adapted homes for severely injured, and disabled veterans at no cost. The program is supported by donations from cooperate building industries, and commercially organized donors. Visit https://www.hotusa.org.

Habitat for Humanity

The nonprofit Habitat for Humanity builds accessible homes for the disabled and other people in need. Homes are constructed by volunteers and recipients get favorable mortgage loans that are cosponsored by private donations and a variety of local, private, state and federal resources. Go to http://www.Habitat.org   for more information.  Homes cost much less due to the volunteer labor.

Call Conquest Real Estate Group for More Info: (248) 569-1486
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