Homeownership Education

NHSNYC offers accessible, affordable, and tailored education programs and counseling services that enable low- and moderate-income individuals and families to successfully buy their home, maintain their home, and stay in their home in New York City.

Education Programs and Counseling Services

NHSNYC prepares individuals and families for the responsibilities of homeownership, empowers them to make smart decisions throughout the homebuying process, and connects them to the most affordable mortgage products, including any downpayment and/or closing cost assistance programs for which they may qualify.

  • 2-hour introductory informational session answering the key question: Is homeownership right for me and my family? Learn about the homeownership process and how to find and secure affordable mortgages and closing costs.
  • 8- to 10-hour online version of our Homeownership Education Course that you can take at your own pace.

Note: homebuyers who want to qualify for down payment and closing cost assistance from NHSNYC can take this online course instead of attending an in-person Course but still need to complete a One-on-One Counseling session.

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  • 8-hour course covering information that all first-time homebuyers should know in order to make well informed decisions and become an empowered and educated consumer. Topics include credit, effective money management techniques, and the mortgage application and home buying processes. Graduates receive a Homeownership Education Certificate.

Note: homebuyers who want to qualify for down payment and closing cost assistance from NHSNYC must attend a One-on-One Counseling session and a Homeownership Education Course.

  • 1.5-hour seminar focused on strengthening personal finances including how to increase savings, decrease debt, and earn a higher credit score.

Additional resources:

Freddie Mac CreditSmart®

  • 2-hour seminar for first-time homebuyers of 2-4 unit properties covering key landlord responsibilities and legal requirements from collecting rent to local and state laws. Graduates receive a Landlord Education Certificate.

Note: this course is required for homebuyers applying for a loan from NHSNYC or one of our banking partners to purchase a 2-4 unit property.

Counseling & Coaching
  • Personal session with a certified Homeownership Counselor to conduct a credit and budget analysis, an affordability analysis, and to create a tailored action plan for homeownership. Counselors will help you access the most competitive quotes, compare mortgage offers, and apply for downpayment and closing cost assistance. Counselors also provide guidance on affordable refinancing and mortgage modification.

Note: homebuyers who want to qualify for down payment and closing cost assistance from NHSNYC must attend a One-on-One Counseling session and a Homeownership Education Course.

Personal session with a certified Homeownership Counselor to determine affordability, create a budget, review credit reports, and analyze mortgage default options.

Personalized coaching session with a certified financial coach to determine personal financial goals and to set an action plan to achieve those goals. Credit report cost included in coaching fee.

HPD HomeFirst Downpayment and Closing Cost Assistance Program

Many New Yorkers want to purchase a home but have difficulty saving enough money to make the down payment. NHSNYC administers the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development’s HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance Program which provides qualified homebuyers with up to $40,000 in down payment and closing costs assistance.
  • Up to $40,000 in down payment or closing costs assistance for qualified first-time homebuyers
  • Household income up to 80% Area Median Income
  • Must have at least 3% of personal funds towards down payment
  • Eligible properties include 1-4 family homes, condominiums and cooperatives within the five boroughs
  • Subject to a 10-year owner-occupancy requirement

Note: homebuyers must meet program income requirements and must complete a Homeownership Education Seminar as well as a One-on-One Counseling session with a homeownership counselor from a HPD-approved housing agency (such as NHSNYC) to be eligible.

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NHSNYC administers a contract from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development to provide the Tenant Interim Lease (TIL), Affordable Neighborhood Cooperative Program (ANCP) and Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) residents with advisory consultation.

NHSNYC provides the following technical advisory services for residents of participating limited-equity housing cooperatives in TIL, ANCP or HDFC:

  • Skills building sessions
  • Information sessions
  • Technical Assistance sessions
  • Financial reporting sessions
  • Election preparation
  • Election monitoring
  • Monthly meetings
  • Program compliance review

For more information about the program, please contact any of our TIL/ANCP/HDFC team members:

Shirena Bowman
Program Coordinator

Justin George
Program Coordinator

Crystal Lorente
Program Coordinator

Shakima Muskelly
Program Coordinator

Yhesebel Reyes
Program Coordinator

Traci Turner
Program Coordinator

NHSNYC is a federally certified Community Development Financial Institution, is approved as a Housing Counseling Agency by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is a chartered member of NeighborWorks® America.
Contact our Homeownership Department at 212-519-2504.
See our full Program Fee Schedule.
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