Down Payment Assistance Loans

First Time Home Buyer Program

Down Payment Assistance
1000 HWY 13
PO Box 430
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Kelly Hess
Program Manager
(608) 254-8353 ext. 234

new homeowners

Program Features

  • Loan to support purchase of single family home you will live in
  • Loan is 0% interest deferred payment
  • No payment on the loan is required until the home is sold, or is no longer the borrower’s primary residence
  • The maximum amount allowed for a 2nd mortgage through the Homebuyer Program is $10,000 and may be applied to lender required down payment


Borrower Requirements

  • Meet program income guidelines
  • Be mortgage ready and able to secure affordable superior mortgage loan from Bank, Credit Union, USDA Rural Development or other conventional lender
  • Complete Home Buyer Education course provided by a HUD approved counseling agency.
  • No land contracts allowed
  • Must provide a cash contribution of at least $1,000 towards the home purchase
  • Must qualify for a conventional loan through a reputable lender LENDER INFORMATION
  • To increase the probability that a house payment will remain affordable, the 1st mortgage used to purchase a home must be a fixed rate mortgage. CWCAC Inc. will not provide a 2nd mortgage for a house purchase transaction that does not have a fixed rate mortgage.
  • The homebuyer’s household income must be at or below 80% of County Median Income (CMI) to be eligible for the 2nd Mortgage.

Property Requirements

  • Move in ready-must meet Housing Quality Standards at the time of purchase
  • Property value must not exceed HUD established county limits
  • Must be fee simple title at purchase
  • Homes that qualify for a 2nd mortgage can be stick built, modular, new manufactured or condominium on a permanent foundation. A home on a rented or leased lot does not qualify.
Home Buyer Down Payment Assistance Application

Download the fillable application ↑
Email the completed application to

Subordination Requirement

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc. has
set standards for subordination of mortgages funded through the HOME Program.