Dream Keeper Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (DK-DALP)

Dream Keeper Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (DK-DALP) came as part of Mayor London Breed's Dream Keeper Initiative. To learn more, visit www.dreamkeepersf.org

Through the DK-DALP, MOHCD is providing an additional opportunity for low to middle-income buyers to compete in San Francisco’s high-cost housing market.

The DK-DALP is a down payment loan up to $500,000 to bid on a property on San Francisco's open market. The loan must be used on the downpayment of a residential property that will become a primary residence. The owner can re-sell the unit at market prices.

The DK-DALP is a silent second loan that requires no monthly payments. When the property is sold or transferred, the owner pays MOHCD back the principal amount of the loan, plus an equitable share of appreciation.

Applicants are encouraged to work with a MOHCD-approved lender on the DK-DALP preferred list.

Program Details

How to apply for DK-DALP

Before applying, the applicant must complete the following steps:

  1. Attend a DK Homeownership Information Session
  2. Complete a DK one-on-one counseling session with a DK Housing Counseling Agency
  3. Complete 10 hours of first-time homebuyer education
  4. Obtain a first loan pre-approval from a MOHCD-approved lender (See below for a list of DK-DALP Preferred Lenders)
  5. Complete the DK-DALP Readiness Form to certify that you have completed all of the above steps. Upon certification, you will see a link to download the DK-DALP Application.
  6. Complete the DK-DALP Application and gather your required documents into one PDF
  7. Upload the PDF via this secure link (click to access the link)

If you have technical issues uploading your complete application packet, contact Aneka.Harrell@sfgov.org

Important Dates

DK DALP Information Sessions:

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @6pm

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @12pm

Saturday, May 21, 2022 @10am


  • No fee to apply for DK-DALP pre-approvals.
  • There is a non-refundable fee to process the paperwork of the DK-DALP loan for final approval. This will be collected when the funds are reserved to close on a property. See MOHCD program fees »

DK-DALP Funds Balance

In 2022, MOHCD will distribute $10 million to up to approximately 20-25 households. See Loan Program Funding Balances »

Application Selection

DK-DALP funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis with selection priority given to Certificate of Preference (COP) holders, SFHA Section 8 Voucher holders, and HOPE SF residents.

MOHCD will process applications on a daily basis and in the order in which they were received until all DK-DALP funds are reserved or distributed.

Loan Reservation Period

Only one (1) reservation (i.e. pre-approval lottery application) is permitted per eligible household.

Duplicate pre-approval applications from one eligible household, whether with one lender or multiple lenders, will automatically result in disqualification of all applications. Borrowers are encouraged to shop around to find the best participating lender that suits their needs but must choose only one lender in connection with DK-DALP.

A reservation does not constitute final loan approval nor guarantee funding. A DK-DALP loan will only be funded when the borrower fulfills the loan commitment from MOHCD, satisfies the reservation timeline described below, and meets the DK-DALP requirements.

Period Time span Action required from: Description
Purchase Period 90 calendar days Buyer The pre-approval is good for 90 calendar days. During this period, borrowers must enter into a sales contract.
DK-DALP Loan Submittal Period 30 calendar days Lender Following the execution of a sales contract, the Lender must submit a complete DK-DALP loan packet to MOHCD.
DK-DALP Review Period 15 business days MOHCD MOHCD will review the DK-DALP loan packet
Loan Commitment Period 30 calendar days MOHCD
Upon loan approval, MOHCD will issue a Commitment Letter that is good for 30 calendar days.

Maximum Loan Amount

The maximum DK DALP loan amount is up to $500,000. The qualifying loan amount will be the minimum amount necessary, based on the borrower’s financial need to buy the home.

Borrowers may not alter their finances on the application to qualify for a larger DK-DALP loan. These include:

  • reducing the gift funds stated on the application
  • lowering the first mortgage loan amount the borrower was pre-qualified for
  • reducing third-party credits and contributions
  • Any other changes for the purpose of increasing the DK-DALP loan amounts

Reasonable fee changes resulting from an underestimation of customary closing costs are acceptable.

Wealth Building Grant

Applicants may receive up to $30,000 to be used toward a down payment, closing costs, and/or prepaid items. The grant accrues no interest with no monthly payments and will be completely released after 3 years from the close of escrow. If the property is sold or transferred, or if the borrower is non-compliant with the DK-DALP rules within 3 years, the grant is due back to the City in a lump sum amount.

Borrower Eligibility

  • First-time homebuyers: All adult household members must not have any ownership interest in a residential unit for the last three years.
  • Maximum Income Limits: household income must not exceed 200% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
    • The combined income of all household members 18 years or older, who will be living in the property, must be included in the determination of income.
  • Minimum Borrower Contribution: Borrower must contribute a minimum of 1% from borrower's own funds and/or from gifts. Grants cannot be used to meet the minimum borrower contribution requirements.
  • Liquid Assets: Borrower must have no more than $60,000 after purchase. There's no pre-purchase asset limit.
  • Post-Purchase Reserves: Borrower must have a minimum of 2 months’ reserves after purchase. In addition to Liquid Assets, vested funds from retirement accounts that permit withdrawals may be also used for reserves. This reserve should include 2 months’ of:
    • Principal
    • Interest
    • Mortgage Insurance (if any)
    • Property taxes
    • Hazard insurance
    • Homeowner’s association dues
  • Occupancy: The property must be owner-occupied during the life of the loan.
  • Eligible Household Member: An eligible household member must either be:
    • On title and loan of the property. All spouses or domestic partners must be included in the household and must appear on the application, title, and loan.
    • Listed as a dependent on tax returns. All household members who are under 18 years of age must be the legal dependent of an adult household member, as listed on the two most recent tax returns (amended tax returns may not be acceptable to demonstrate a minimum two-year history of an individual's dependency status). An unborn child will be not counted as a household member. Elderly adult household members may be considered as dependents as long as they are listed as dependents on the two most recent tax returns. All income from dependent adults and children must be included in the total household income. A spouse or domestic partner of any titleholder is not considered a dependent.

Financing Requirements

  • Primary Financing: Borrowers must be able to qualify for the first mortgage from a MOHCD-approved lender prior to submitting an application for DK-DALP. Borrowers must have sufficient funds to meet the required downpayment, closing costs, and necessary reserves.
  • Lien Position: DK-DALP loan must be in the second position behind the first mortgage.
  • Impounds: The first mortgage lender must collect and manage impound accounts for property taxes and hazard insurance for the loan term.
  • Loan-to-Value Requirements (LTV and CLTV): The minimum Loan-to-Value (LTV) is 50%, and the maximum Combined Loan-to-Value (CLTV) is 105%.
  • Debt-to-Income Ratio: Borrower monthly housing debt, including property taxes, property insurance, and if applicable mortgage insurance, and homeowner’s association dues cannot be less than 30% of the household’s gross income. The ratio of monthly housing costs, plus all other monthly debts (including credit cards, car payments, etc.) should not exceed 43% of the household’s gross income.
  • Front-End (Housing) Ratio: No less than 30% and no more than 40%. MOHCD may consider a maximum front-end ratio up to 43% if two or more indicators are present:
    • Proven ability to devote a larger amount of income to housing expenses. The applicant has made rental payments for 12 consecutive months that are equal to or greater than the proposed monthly payments for the housing being purchased
    • At least 6 months of housing expenses in reserves through liquid assets, or at least 12 months of housing expenses in reserves through non-liquid assets and retirement accounts
    • FICO score greater than 700
    • A large down payment (20 percent or more) toward the purchase of the property
    • The proposed housing expenses will not increase more than 5% over previous housing expenses
  • Back-End (Total Debt) Ratio: No more than 43%.
  • Co-Signing: Co-signing for a DK DALP loan by a non-household member is not allowed.
  • Loan Signing: No power of attorney is allowed. All applicants must be physically present to sign loan documents.

Loan Terms

  • Loan Terms: DK-DALP is a no-interest, no-monthly payment, deferred loan. The principal balance amount plus a share of the appreciation becomes due at the end of term or when the borrower sells, rents, or transfers title on the property.
    • The appreciation is calculated by subtracting the original sales price from the current sales price or the current appraised market value. The share of appreciation is computed as a ratio of the City loan amount to the purchase price.
    • For example, if the borrower receives the DK-DALP loan in the amount of $500,000 with the purchase price of $1,250,000, the DK-DALP loan amount is 40% of the purchase price. Therefore, the share of appreciation would also be 40%.

See all MOHCD loan terms

DALP Manual and Documents

DK-DALP Preferred Lenders

Lenders listed below are selected from the MOHCD-approved Lender List and offer first mortgage loan products that meet the basic financing parameters under the DK-DALP program. Your eligibility for a first mortgage loan depends on your finances and credit information. 

Lending Institution


Email Address



Accepting new MOHCD clients

All California DBA APM

Stacey Stowe




Absolute Home Loans (Meriwest Mortgage)

Scott Keller




Best Capital Funding (Meriwest Mortgage)

Kevin Brindley




Caliber Home Loans

Sharon Nguyen




Caliber Home Loans

Leslie Harvey




First Republic Bank

Derrick Yee




First Republic Bank

Sean Fitzgerald




First Republic Bank

Hilary Byrde




First Republic Bank

Kimberly Nguyen




Guarantee Mortgage DBA APM

Bob Bednarz




Guaranteed Rate

Jeff Parrott





Guaranteed Rate

Glenn Rodriguez




Guaranteed Rate

May Montana




Guaranteed Rate

Kelley Dawson Sessions




Guild Mortgage

Sandra Smith




Guild Mortgage


Susannah Harte




Guild Mortgage

Janene Towner-Chernoff





Gina Tse





Matthew Henderson




Norcal Capital Group Inc

Winnie Liu




Umpqua Bank

Nelson Wong




DK-DALP Sales Agent List

Please note: As an applicant of the DK-DALP, you are not obligated to work with any of the sales agents listed below. This list is being provided as a resource only.



Contact Information

Ingrid Soluaga

Realty ONE Group Zoom

415-999-2535 or realtorisoluaga@gmail.com

Shanda Mayfield

Coldwell Banker Realty

415-240-3868 or shandamayfield@gmail.com

Robert Belli


415-317-8540 or rob.belli@compass.com

Martin Encinas Leon

Harper Real Estate

415-652-4532 or martin@harperre.com

Leilani Ishaan

Corcoran Global Living

415-846-5366 or leilani.Ishaan@corcorangl.com

Veronica Gray

KAI Real Estate

510-205-1418 or  veronica.gray@kairealestate.com

PaPa Correa

KH Realty


Jeffrey Banks


415-505-3722 or JeffreyBanks@sfrealproperty.com

Patricia Johnson


415-377-3732 or patjohnson415@gmail.com

Steve Williams


510-872-2360 or steve.williams@compass.com

Stephanie Christmas

Keller Williams Realty

510-453-8987 or 1realchristmas@gmail.com

Jonathan Dearman

Dearman Realty

415-244-8694 or jonathan@cityrealestatesf.com

Molli Milner

Dearman Realty

415-595-5852 or molli@dearmanrealty.com or molli@cityrealestatesf.com

Denise Kees

Kees Realty

510-453-8987 or 510-927-4444 or denise@keesrealty.net

Lorraine Dacanay Breaux

Twin Oaks Real Estate

415-420-8111 or Lorraine@twinoaksre.com

Jonisha Smith

Better Homes & Gardens, Reliance Partners

510-834-2010 or 510-589-5363 or Jonisha.smith@bhghome.com

Ryley Gaulocher

Vanguard Properties

608-345-3770 or ryleyg@vanguardsf.com