CalHome Program


Enable low- and very low-income households to become or remain homeowners.

Assistance Type and Terms

Grants to local public agencies and nonprofit developers to assist individual first-time homebuyers through deferred-payment loans for downpayment assistance, home rehabilitation, including manufactured homes not on permanent foundations, acquisition and rehabilitation, homebuyer counseling, self-help mortgage assistance, or technical assistance for self-help homeownership.  All funds to individual homeowners will be in the form of loans.  

Direct, forgivable loans to assist development projects involving multiple ownership units, including single-family subdivisions.

Loans for real property acquisition, site development, predevelopment, construction period expenses of homeownership development projects, or permanent financing for mutual housing and cooperative developments.

Project loans to developers may be forgiven as the loans convert into deferred payment loans to individual homeowners.

Assistance to individual households will be in the form of deferred-payment loans payable on sale or transfer of the homes, or when they cease to be owner occupied, or at maturity.

Note: CalHome does not lend directly to individuals.

Eligible Activities

Predevelopment, site development, and site acquisition for development projects.   Rehabilitation and acquisition and rehabilitation of site-built housing, and rehabilitation, repair, and replacement of manufactured homes.

Downpayment assistance, mortgage financing, homebuyer counseling, and technical assistance for self-help.

Eligible Applicants

Local public agencies and nonprofit corporations.

Application Process

2018 NOFA and Application Workshop

HCD will hold a workshop to review the CalHOME Disaster NOFA and application.

Workshop Location, Date, and Time


Conference Room 402a
2020 West El Camino Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95833

Date and Time:
April 26, 2018 from 9:30am - 12:00pm

Please make sure to register for this event by contacting Kelly Whitaker at (916) 263-2303 or