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Housing Programs and Activities

Placer County offers several housing programs.

Services and Information

Assembly Bill 987 (AB987)

First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program

As funds become available, loans of up to $125,000 are available to help families purchase their first home in Placer County. First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program loans help make mortgage payments more affordable.

Applications will only be accepted when the applicant can meet the program requirements and is ready to make a home purchase.

For more information about this program, click each of the following links:

Program Basics
First Time Homebuyer Program - Minimum Requirements
2011 Program Income Limits
Additional Information
Program Interest Form

Contact the Redevelopment Agency at (530) 745-3150 for information.

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CRHMFA Homebuyers Fund (CHF)

CHF is a government entity that provides affordable housing finance options for low-to-moderate income individuals and families in California. CHF arranges mortgage loan programs featuring low interest rates and down payment and/or housing closing cost assistance in a variety of financial forms, for qualifying homebuyers.

Interested persons should contact a representative toll-free at (855) 740-8422. Or, visit

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Housing Rehabilitation Loans

The Redevelopment Agency offers several different opportunities for low-income Placer County residents residing in the unincorporated area of the county to rehabilitate their homes.

State and Federal Grant Programs

Each year Placer County applies for, and may receive, various State and Federal grants from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Affordable Housing Trust Fund Program, and other grant programs. The County then provides these funds, in the form of low-interest loans to low-income households to rehabilitate their homes. The County's primary emphasis is in correcting health and safety issues, but some programs can be used to correct overcrowding as well. The Agency combines its own Redevelopment tax increment funds with these grant funds for its Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Program.

In addition to home rehabilitation, CDBG also provides grants for public improvements in the form of infrastructure, public facilities, transit, and energy efficiency measures.

HOME funds can be used for individual home rehabilitation or for multi-family facility improvements. They can also be used to provide new, affordable housing.

Affordable Housing Trust Funds originate with developers in-lieu fees for commercial resorts or from residential construction fees and must be used for affordable housing. The State also has a matching grant program, where County funds are matched.

If you have questions about a new or existing CDBG rehabilitation loan, please call the Redevelopment Agency at 530-745-3150. You may also click one of the following links for more information and/or an interest form.

Housing Rehabilitation Brochures:
For Low- and Moderate-Income Owner Occupants - 2011
For Owner-Investors Renting to Low- and Moderate-Income Households - 2011

Housing Rehabilitation Applications:
For Low- and Moderate-Income Owner Occupants - 2011
For Owner-Investor Renting to Low- and Moderate-Income Households - 2011

USDA Rural Development Loans and Grants

The USDA Rural Development Department (RDD) has a program that may help you obtain the money you need to repair your home. If you are low-income and own the home that you live in, you may qualify for a loan of up to $20,000 to make needed repairs or improvements. The interest rate is one percent , so you pay as little as $92 per month if you borrow the maximum of $20,000.

In addition, if you are 62 years old or older, you may qualify for a once in a lifetime grant of up to $7,500 to remove health or safety hazards. For more information about the program, including what adjustments may be made to your gross income, please contact the RDD office at (530) 885-7081, Ext. 4. Information is also available on the website,

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Handy Person Program - Seniors First

Seniors First is a private, non-profit corporation that provides health and safety repair services free of charge. Services are provided to very low-, low-, and moderate-income seniors, and very low-, low-, and moderate-income disabled people who are owner-occupants of these residences in the unincorporated areas of Placer County.

Seniors First can be reached at 530-889-9500 x400 for:

  • Door and window repairs
  • Dead bolt and lock repair and installation
  • Electrical outlets and switches
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Heating and swamp cooler repair
  • Security lights
  • Smoke detector installation/replacement
  • Grab bar installations
  • Light fixture and fluorescent light repairs
  • Ramps

Services cannot exceed $1,300 and are funded by the Placer County Redevelopment Agency. Contact the Redevelopment Agency at (530) 745-3150 if you have questions.

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Project GO

Founded in 1978 by a group of community members, Project GO has been approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors to provide assistance grants to low-income residents for housing weatherization and energy conservation improvements.

Interested persons should contact a representative at (916) 782-3443 or (800) 655-7705. Or, visit the Project GO website at

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Neighborhood Stabilization Program

The primary goal of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) is to stabilize neighborhoods. NSP supports property values by reducing the number of vacant, bank-owned homes, improving the homes where needed, and enabling qualified buyers and non-profits to purchase homes.

Neighborhood Stabilization Fact Sheet (Revised 10-24-11)
Program Information Form (Revised 08-06-10)
Guidance on NSP Appraisals

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Assembly Bill 987 (AB 987)

Public Database of Affordable, Redevelopment-Restricted Rental and Ownership Units and Enforceability
(This is not a list of units for sale.)

In accordance with the provisions of AB 987, this list shows existing new and substantially rehabilitated housing units that were either (a) developed or otherwise assisted with Low- and Moderate-Income Housing Funds; or (b) otherwise counted toward the Authority's inclusionary and replacement housing obligations imposed by Section 33413 of the Community Redevelopment Law. Also in accordance with the law, this database does not include any property used to confidentially house victims of domestic violence. Go Back to Top of this page and select one of the topics to get additional information about homeownership programs. A list affordable Placer County rentals can be found on the Redevelopment Agency home page under Quick Links.

Annual Update Required

This database is to be updated once annually. Click to view report.

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