Home Buyer

Home Buyer Assistance Program

The objective of the Home Buyer Assistance Program is to enhance the ability of moderate to low-income families to become homeowners. Through Homebuyer Education classes participants will learn valuable tools in the home buying process, which include, among other things: What affordable means, legal and financial responsibility of the family, value of professional home inspections, costs and down payments, how to improve one’s credit rating and how to shop for the best mortgage. Please call the Homebuyer Education Coordinator for more information at (585) 237-2600 or complete a Homebuyer Assistance Program application and return it to our office.image

The purpose of the First Home Club is to provide opportunity for moderate income households to purchase their first home. The program is the result of a three way partnership consisting of the Bank of Castile, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and Community Action for Wyoming County.

The First Home Club involves the establishment of a monthly savings account at the Bank of Castile. Credit counseling and home buyer education is provided by Community Action. Federal Home Loan Bank supplies a matching grant to be used for down payment and/or closing costs.

Application to the First Home Club is made through Community Action. Eligible applicants are referred to the Bank of Castile to establish the savings program. Completion of the credit counseling, home buyer education classes and the savings period will prepare applicants for the Federal Home Loan Bank Grant.

Income eligibility for grants is as follows:
- Family size of 1 2 persons cannot have annual income greater than $54,320
- Family size of 3 or more persons cannot have annual income greater than $62,468

E-mail Dennis Weibel at to request an application or for more information.

Foreclosure Information

NEW! Community Action for Wyoming County is offering assistance for homeowners who may be facing foreclosure, by providing counseling and legal services to those who are eligible. For more information regarding this program contact our Housing Counselor at (585) 237-2600 for more information.

AFI (Assets for Independence) Grant

NEW! Down-Payment assistance grants for First-Time Homebuyers: Community Action for Wyoming County has joined the Statewide effort at NYS-DHCR and will participate in the AFI matched savings for down-payment assistance for income eligible First-Time Home Buyers. Applications for grants up to $7,500 are available in this office. Contact our Homebuyer Coordinator at (585) 237-2600 for an AFI application packet. For more information on AFI visit the DHCR web site at to view an AFI video or print an AFI brochure.