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Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program

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CHFA is proud to offer an additional 0.125% off already below-market interest rate loans to help Teachers become homeowners in the communities where they work.  CHFA will increase the rate reduction to 0.250% to help Recruit and Retain (*R&R) minority Teachers who meet the eligibility criteria.  You must be a first-time homebuyer or have not owned a home in the past three years.  If you have owned a home, you may still be eligible if purchasing in a Targeted Area of the state.  The home must be your primary residence, investment or vacation properties are not allowed.

 

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    Eligibility Requirements

    You must hold a valid Connecticut certificate and; 

    • Teach in one of the Priority or Transitional School Districts listed below; or
    • Teach in the Technical Education and Career System in a technical education and career school that is located in a Priority or Transitional School District; or
    • Teach in one of the following  state-identified, Subject Matter Shortage Areas or eligible Alliance District subjects listed below; or

    ‚ÄčTo help Recruit and Retain (*R&R) minority Teachers in our communities, additional incentives are available for Teachers who:

    • Graduated from a public high school in an Educational Reform District  (as defined in Section 10-262u of the CT General Statutes); or
    • Graduated from a historically Black college or university or a Hispanic-serving institution, as those terms are defined under the applicable federal laws. 

    Teachers applying under (*R&R) will receive a 0.250% interest rate discount.  CHFA target area rate discount of 0.250% will apply when applicable and will not be combined with this programs rate reduction.

    • In the case of certified Teachers teaching in a Priority or Transitional School District, or in a technical education and career school located in a Priority or Transitional School District, the dwelling must be located in the district in which the school is located. (This restriction is waived for Teachers applying under the (*R&R) eligibility criteria).

Priority & Transitional School Districts:

Ansonia

Bloomfield

Bridgeport

Bristol

Danbury

Derby
East Hartford

East Haven

      East Windsor

      Enfield   

      Hamden

      Hartford 

      Manchester

      Meriden

      Middletown

      New Britain

New Haven

New London

Norwalk

Norwich

Sprague

Stamford

Sterling

Stratford

Thompson

Torrington

Wallingford

Waterbury

West Hartford

West Haven

Windham

Subject Matter Shortage Areas:

Bilingual Education,  PreK-12
Mathematics,  4-12 
Special Education*,  PreK-12
School Library & Media Specialist**,  PreK-12
School Psychologist,  PreK-12

Science,  4-12
Speech and Language Pathology,  Prek-12
Technology Education**,  PreK-12
TESOL,  PreK-12
World Languages,  7-12

*Special Education shortage area designation comprises Partially Sighted, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind, and Comprehensive Special Education teaching endorsement codes.

**Alliance Districts Only  -  This program is a unique and targeted investment in Connecticut's 33 lowest-performing districts. (See Connecticut General Statute Section 10-262u)

Alliance Districts:

Ansonia
Bloomfield 
Bridgeport
Bristol
Danbury

Derby

East Hartford

East Haven

East Windsor

Groton

Hamden

Hartford

Killingly

Manchester

Meriden

Middletown

 

Naugatuck

New Britain

New Haven

New London

Norwalk

Norwich

Putnam

Stamford

Thompson

Torrington

Vernon

Waterbury

West Haven

Winchester

Windham

Windsor

Windsor Locks  

 

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  • The sales price of the home must be within the CHFA Sales Price Limits, and your gross income must be within the CHFA Income Limits.  The CHFA Resource Map can tell you if you are within program eligibility limits.
  • You will be required to attend a free Homebuyer Education class prior to closing. The class will help you understand the home-buying process and offer tips for maintaining your new home. Classes are held online and at locations across Connecticut.
  • The loan must be insured through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Veterans Administration, USDA Rural Development, or Private Mortgage Insurance.  If you make a down payment of 20% or more, mortgage insurance may not be required.
  • In rare cases, you could be required to pay a Federal Recapture Tax if you sell your home within the first nine years, AND earn a profit, AND your income exceeds the designated Federal Recapture Tax Income at the time of sale. Should you fall into this category, you may be reimbursed by CHFA for the taxes paid if  you complete and file the required forms. Consult a tax professional if you have questions on the Recapture Tax.
  • Targeted Area Exception

    If you have owned a home in the past three years, you may still be eligible if you plan to purchase in a targeted area, which are communities targeted by the federal government for revitalization.  CHFA will waive the income limit for eligible applicants purchasing in Targeted Areas who are not applying for Downpayment Assistance  or using one of the following programs:  HFA Preferred, HFA Advantage® or CHFA CALP loan funding.

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    Downpayment Assistance Program (DAP) Loans

    • You may be eligible for a low-interest supplementary second mortgage of at least $3,000 to cover the down payment and closing costs. You must show you have the monthly income to pay both loans.  Applicants will be required to make a minimum investment of $1,000 towards the acquisition costs. 
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    Eligible Properties

    • Existing – Single Family
    • New Construction – (Statewide Single Family / 2 unit eligible in Targeted Areas only)
    • 2 – 4 units (existing & occupied as residential for the past 5 years)
    • Condominiums (FHA, FNMA, FHLMC, VA or USDA-RD approved – Includes 2-4 unit projects)
    • Townhomes
    • PUD’s (FNMA & FHA approved)

How to Apply

There are nearly 70 CHFA participating Lenders, many with multiple branches in the state.  To apply for a mortgage, find a CHFA-Approved Lender near you.

 
 
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