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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Soft Second Mortgage Program


The Direct Homebuyer Assistance Program provides down payment and closing costs subsidies to eligible first- time homebuyers.  The subsidies bridge the gap between the price of the home (including closing costs) and the maximum amount a homebuyer can borrow with a first mortgage loan.  The homebuyer receives only the amount of soft second funding that is needed to close the affordability gap.

The Affordable Home Development Program is designed to provide a steady inventory of houses that will be available for sale and be affordable to residents of low and moderate income. Through an open and competitive process, the City will award developers a set-aside of soft second subsidies for the purchasers of their completed homes. Awards will be made with special consideration for areas of the city with the most need for redevelopment.  The program will encourage the rehabilitation of blighted, historic properties and infill housing.  The RFP period for this program has closed.

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For Interested Homebuyers

Place-Based Strategy Area Maps

While all areas of the city are eligible for this program. Houses within the Place-Based Strategy Areas are eligible for slightly higher subsidies.

For More Information

Please contact Ingrid Raboteau 504-658-4218, Tonya Bernard 504-658-4245, Janice Brown 504-658-4243, Pearl Hammond-Robinson 504-658-4244. 

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Last updated: 4/22/2014 8:46:31 AM

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