California first time home buyer down payment assistance programs

Looking for help buying your first home? California has a number of state and country programs that encourage homeownership and will help first-time home buyers qualify for specalized loans or help them come up with the down payment. In this article we’ll cover the various state agency home buying programs, down payment assistance programs and grants, and some of the largest local programs that you may be able to use when qualifying for a home loan.

California State Housing Agencies

California Housing Finance Agency –

Department of Housing and Community Development –

California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet) –

National Homebuyers Fund – non-profit organization helping to expand homeownership –

Home counselors in California – go here to search.


Down Payment Assistance & Grants for California Home Loans



California County Specific Housing Programs

Alameda County


Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County Website –


Fresno County


Kern County


Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County Website –

City Websites


Orange County


Riverside County


Sacramento County


San Bernardino County


San Diego County


San Francisco

San Joaquin County

San Mateo County


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