Home Ownership Incentive Program



The OSU Faculty & Staff Near East Side Homeownership Incentive Program is a down payment assistance program that consists of a zero interest forgivable loan (second mortgage) in the amount of $8,000 to be applied towards the required down payment, closing costs and/or reduction in principal amount on a home purchased in the PACT geography on the Near East Side.


In an effort to increase the level of homeownership in the historic Near East Side community, The Ohio State University developed a down payment assistance program for its faculty and staff, for the purpose of purchasing homes. This program is administered by PACT in the historic Near East Side where the University and its partners made a commitment to revitalize one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods—home to University Hospital East and CarePoint East.



Do you need help with your search to becoming a new homeowner? The Columbus Urban League and Homeport offer HUD certified Home Buyer Education workshops for prospective home buyers, including individual counseling. Participants will learn how to obtain, maintain and retain a home. Income eligible participants, who want to purchase a home in Columbus, Ohio, may be eligible to apply for down payment and closing cost assistance (up to $5,000.00) through the City of Columbus. For more information visit https://www.cul.org/initiatives/homebuyer-education/, https://www.homeportohio.org/classes/ or https://www.columbus.gov/development/Housing-Division/

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