Down Payment Assistance

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The City of Cambridge offers downpayment and closing cost assistance to income-eligible first-time homebuyers purchasing a home in Cambridge. Buyers may be eligible for assistance of up to $10,000 towards the purchase.

How it works: 

This assistance is in the form of a forgivable loan. Twenty percent of the loan is forgiven each year over a five-year period provided the buyer uses the home as their only residence. 

Participants must:

  • Be a first-time homebuyer
  • Complete a First-Time Homebuyer workshop
  • Meet income eligibility requirements 
  • Purchase a single family home, condominium, or two or three family home in the City
  • Be unable to purchase the home without assistance
  • Utilize all other available resources
  • Reside in the purchased property as their primary residence

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If you would like to discuss further, contact the Housing Division at 617/349-4622 or