Loan Assistance For First Time Homebuyers

2017 DALP Lottery is closed. Please view Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (DALP) and First Responders Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (FRDALP) webpage for 2017 DALP Lottery Results, How to Apply, Eligibility Requirements and other information. Please note that Pre-Approval does NOT apply to Below Market Rate Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (BMR DALP), City Second Loan Program (CSLP) and Teacher Next Door (TND).


MOHCD provides a variety of loan assistance programs to help first time homebuyers with the purchase of their primary residence in San Francisco. Please see below for available program funding balances and program information.


Here are the few things related to DALP program that you might want to know:

1. 2017 DALP Lottery is closed now; however, MOHCD will continue to accept new DALP Pre-Approval Applications until all DALP funds are disbursed. Applications received after the 8.25.2017 lottery will be placed after the lottery ranking list based on the order received. Click HERE to find out the DALP Lottery Results.

2. On August 31, 2017, MOHCD will review the DALP pre-approval applications starting with FRDALP, followed by Educators-DALP and general DALP.

3. First Responder and Educator applicants who are not selected in the lottery under the FRDALP and Educators-DALP pools can still be considered in the general DALP lottery pool under the DALP funds if they meet the DALP requirements including the AMI limits of their funding sources. One household can only reserve funds under one program if they are selected.

4. MOHCD will post the DALP Funds Reservation Tracking sheet below on a daily basis, before 12:00PM, Monday through Friday except holidays. The tracking sheet will have information regarding the program beginning balance, available funds to reserve, total applications received and where we are in application review. MOHCD will maintain and update the tracking sheet until all DALP funds have been disbursed and no further funds are anticipated in the fiscal year.

PDF icon2017 DALP Tracking 04.26.18






  • Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (DALP) - A loan program for low to moderate income first time homebuyers purchasing a market rate single family home in San francisco. DALP is a silent second loan that requires no payments for 30 years.
  • First Responders Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (FRDALP) - Provides downpayment assistance loans to active uniformed, sworn members of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) and San Francisco Sheriff's Department (SFSD) to purchase their first home in the City and County of San Francisco.
  • City Second Loan Program - A loan program for eligible first time homebuyers purchasing a home within specific developments that has no interest and deferred payment. This loan sits in second position on title after the first mortgage and can be repaid at any time without penalty.
  • Teacher Next Door Program (TND) - A loan program to assist teachers employed with the San Francisco Unified School District in purchasing a first home in San Francisco. This loan is forgiven after 10 years provided all program requirements are met. Can be used in the purchase of a BMR unit.
  • Mortgage Credit Certificate Program (MCC) - A program to assist first time homebuyers in San Francisco. An MCC assists eligible homebuyers in their ability to qualify for a mortgage loan and reduce thier effective mortgage interest rate. Can be used in the purchase of a BMR unit.
  • Reissue Mortgage Credit Certificate Program (RMCC) - IRS regulations allow exisitng recipients of MCCs to refinance their original mortgage loans on their principal residence and obtain a new MCC with a tax credit at the same rate as their original MCC.
  • BMR-DALP Downpayment Assistance Program - A downpayment loan program for first time home buyers purchasing a Below Market Rate unit that requires no monthly payment and accrues no interest.
  • Refinancing and Subordination - Eligible City loans or Below Market Rate (BMR) liens can be subordinated to the refinance of the existing first mortgage for a lower interest rate and better loan term with no cash equity out of the property.
  • Workshops & Lender Trainings - Mortgage Loan Officers (MLO) or mortgage brokers who would like to become participating lenders for MOHCD's homeownership programs, including DALP, MCC, PIC and TND must complete the required training and pay the required fee. Each individual MLO or mortgage broker must complete the training every year. All participating loan agents must must provide their NMLS ID# to MOH and sign the Lender Participation Agreement.
  • Homebuyer Education Counseling Agencies - Click here for the list of approved homebuyer eduction counseling agencies. Attending a counseling education class is required for first-time homebuyer seeking a City Loan. Classes tend to fill up quickly and often require two or more meetings so if you're considering applying for a City Loan, don't delay. You may use your first-time homebuyer certificate to apply for any of the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development first-time homebuyer programs for up to two years from the date of issuance.

Click here to see Program Administration Fees

Please note loan officers named on loan application forms should match loan officers named on the Final Mortgage Loan Application (form 1003).  See link for for Participating Lender List. Lenders must submit loan application files digitaly through the Database of Affordable Housing Listings, Information, and Applictaions (DAHLIA).  Lenders will receive a log-on ID and password after completing MOHCD Lender training.  Supporting documents per Loan Transmittal Form must be an ORIGINAL PDF (no fax or jpeg). Please email to confirm application submission.

Loan Funding - MOHCD requires five (5) business days to fund all down payment assistance loans from the time of approving the closing documents IF the title or escrow company is using one of the bank accounts that the City has already certified for outgoing wire transfers. Click to find out more information about PDF iconLoan Funding and Wire Transfers