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Philadelphia NeighborhoodLIFT downpayment assistance grants are available on an appointment basis for eligible Philadelphia homebuyers. Appointments are only available online on a first-come, first-served basis. No phone calls, please.

About the program

  • Eligible homebuyers can receive matching funds up to $7,500 in downpayment assistance on qualified properties.
  • Homebuyer education will prepare you for finding and financing a home and for managing the financial responsibilities of homeownership.
  • Assistance is not limited to first-time buyers.

To qualify

1. Borrowers' annual income, in combination with household size, must be at or below specific limits for Philadelphia. Click here for income guidelines.

2. Properties must be:

  • Located in Philadelphia County.
  • The primary, owner-occupied home of the buyer(s)
  • A detached home, townhouse, condominium, 1-4 unit property or Planned Unit Development
3. You must have a signed purchase and sale agreement on a home located in Philadelphia County

4. You must have a Mortgage Preapproval from an approved NeighborhoodLIFT lender.

To apply

If you meet all the qualifications above, click here to apply.
If you do not meet one or more of these qualifications, click here for next steps.

NKCDC looks forward to working with you on this program that has helped more than 700 families achieve home ownership.


Email phillylift@nkcdc.org or see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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