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Homebuyer Purchase Assistance

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Community Services staff work with lenders, contractors, and realtors to help you buy an affordable home of your own. The first step is to call Community Services to review the program with a Client Services Specialist to prescreen you for the program. If you pre-qualify, you will be given an application, review the process, and answer any questions that you may have. At this time, you will also choose a participating lender ( a member of the Marion County Lenders Consortium), for financing.
Click here for a list of approved lenders.

If interested in participating as an approved Lender with our Homebuyer's Assistance Program, please contact Donnie Mitchell at 352-671-8774.


If eligible, the program provides assistance with down payment and closing costs in the form of a zero-interest, deferred payment loan. 

For more information and to find out if you're eligible, click the following links:
-Income eligibility chart.
- Homebuyer education classes.
 - NHDC 2017 class schedule
- FAQs.
- FAQs (Española).

Purchasing a home through the county SHIP program affords you additional savings on lender fees, lower monthly mortgage payments and experienced staff to help you understand the home buying process.