Communities First – Downpayment Assistance for Ohio

Program Overview


The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority is proud to offer the Communities First – Down Payment Assistance for Ohio program, providing first mortgage financing and down payment/closing cost assistance to eligible homebuyers.

The Port Authority created Communities First – Ohio as part of a commitment to increasing homeownership opportunities for residents in Ohio.

Key benefits of the program include:

  • 3%, 4% and 5% down payment/closing cost assistance
  • FHA, VA, RD, HUD 184, and conventional loans
  • No first time homebuyer requirement
  • Home purchase or rate/term re-finance
  • Streamlined and simple electronic process

To become a participating lender, please contact Sharon Gonzalez: 214.953.4122 or

To learn more and see participating lenders, visit