Avenue administers several Down Payment Assistance Programs to help you attain your goal of homeownership.The following is an outline of the programs available through Avenue.

Avenue can also connect you with other down payment assistance programs like, City of Houston Down Payment Assistance, Harris County Down Payment Assistance Program, Harris County H.O.M.E. Program, Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) Down Payment Assistance, TSAHC Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC).

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When assessing mortgage readiness, the factors taken into consideration are a client's Debts, Income, Savings and Credit (DISC). Overwhelmingly, the clients that we see lack sufficient savings to put money down on a house. Luckily, Down Payment Assistance programs are available to meet that need.

Most Down Payment Assistance programs work in the form of a forgivable second loan on a property. Meaning, the money is yours to keep if you stay in the property a designated number of years. The requirement is usually five (5) years but varies between programs. If the property is sold before the five years is up, a prorated portion is given back to the DPA program at closing. Keep in mind that the property also needs to be your primary residence. You can't receive DPA for rental or commercial properties or if you are an existing homeowner.

Eligibility for these programs is usually based on household income limits, neighborhood where the property is located, client occupation or some combination of these three. So don't feel like you can't qualify for Down Payment Assistance if you are not low income. One out every three homebuyers that completed the class and counseling with Avenue in 2018 received Down Payment Assistance, averaging over $12,000 per household.

Register today for our First Time Homebuyers Class to learn how you can get connected to Down Payment Assistance in the purchase of your new home.

This program is available for 4343 Cetti, please contact or call 713-864-9099 for more information or to learn how to get started.

Avenue offers down payment assistance (DPA) on homes at Avenue Place for buyers who are at or below 120% Area Median Income (see AMI chart below).

About the Program

The vision for Avenue Place is to create a mixed-income community of opportunity. To that end, Avenue provides Down Payment Assistance, in the form of subordinate loans, to make the homes at Avenue Place affordable to income-eligible families earning 120% or less of the Area Median Income. Buyers who income qualify at <120% AMI are eligible to receive a $26,000 forgivable loan over 10 years (10% per year).

Avenue Subordinate Loans will supplement first loans provided by conventional and FHA lenders. All requirements for the first loan must be met. For FHA borrowers, the minimum 3.5% buyer down payment and upper-income limit of <115% of AMI still apply. Avenue Subordinate Loans may be used in combination with subsidies provided by other funders if the other funders allow. The intention of these loans is to make the eligible homebuyer’s monthly payments more affordable. **Buyers are required to occupy the home as their primary residence as long as the subordinate loans remain on the property.**

Download the Avenue Down Payment Assistance Flyer to learn more about the way the down payment program works.

 Who Qualifies

Prospective homeowners who:

  • meet the income restrictions of being at or below 120% AMI (see AMI chart below)
  • attend Avenue’s Homebuyer Education class and subsequent one-on-one counseling, and
  • are pre-approved through an approved lender for the Avenue Place Down Payment Assistance Program. See Flyer.

There are a limited number of homes available with our Down Payment Assistance Program. Prospective homebuyers are added to a list of qualified buyers for these resources based on the date/time they submit a complete Income Qualification Packet.

How To Apply

To apply, submit a complete Income Qualification Packet to which includes the Income Qualification Checklist and Program Eligibility Questionnaire available below.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets the area median income limits that determine eligibility for certain programs. The income limit is the maximum amount of income a household can earn to qualify to receive assistance for various programs. A household's income is calculated by its gross income, which is the total income received before making subtractions for taxes and other deductions.  The Houston area limits are listed in the table below.