Down Payment Assistance Program

DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 

The City of Mesquite Down Payment Assistance Program’s (DPAP) mission is to provide low to moderate income families with homeownership opportunities. The program offers assistance for down payment and closing costs to first time home buyers in the form of a 0% interest forgivable loan. The DPAP is funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). If you are interested in being a future homeowner, please check the eligibility requirements below before applying.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY 

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the DPAP: 

  • Must be a first time homebuyer or not owned a home in last 3 years
  • Must have submitted an offer on, or, signed the Sales Contract on a potential property in Mesquite
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, Citizen National, or Qualified Alien
  • Applicant’s debt-to-income ratio must be at or below 43%
  • Annual Income must be at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). For 2020 Income Limits see chart below.
**Area Median Income for Dallas County for FY 2020, as published by HUD. Effective April 8, 2020
# of People in Household  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
80% AMI 
Low Income 
$48,300 
and below
$55,200 and below $62,100 and below $68,950 and below $74,500 and below $80,000 and below $85,500 and below $91,050 and below
50% AMI 
Very Low Income 
$30,200 
and below
$34,550 and below $38,800 and below $43,100 and below $46,550 and below $50,000 and below $53,450 and below $56,900 and below
30% AMI 
Extremely Low Income 
$18,100 and below  $20,700 and below  $23,300 and below $26,200 and below $30,680 
and below 
$35,160 
and below
$39,640 and below $44,120 and below

HOME BUYER EDUCATION  

Applicants interested in the program are required to complete an 8-hour home buyer education course before submission of application. The following link provides a search engine that list all eligible HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agencies. Please have counselor sign and date Certification for Completion of Homebuyer Counseling Form

HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies in Texas. To locate providers offering courses online or over the phone, please contact Housing Counseling Agencies directly.

The City of Mesquite has established partnerships with the following approved Agencies. Please contact them directly for upcoming dates, times, and prices of classes:

LEVELS OF ASSISTANCE  

The City of Mesquite DPAP will provide up to $10,000 in grant assistance toward down payment and closing costs. The exact amount of assistance cannot be determined until the Closing Disclosure with the exact amount of closing costs is provided. This amount can be used for all or part of the down payment, closing costs, prepaids, and discount points for interest rate reductions. Buyers are responsible for providing the remaining down payment amount. Buyers are required to provide at minimum 1% of the sales price toward the cost of the home. No cash back may be provided to the buyer at closing.

Completed application with supporting documents will be processed on a first come, first served basis. 

***Submission of Application does not automatically qualify you for assistance under the program.*** Each application will go through a review and processing to determine eligibility prior to final approval of grant assistance.