Community Connections Home Buyer Assistance Program

This program is no longer accepting applications.

The Community Connections Home Buyer Assistance Program is a pilot program that provides funds to eligible Career Service employees and three groups of first responders: Chicago police officers, firefighters, and paramedics. The funds will allow select City workers to purchase homes in targeted Chicago neighborhoods to enhance revitalization efforts.

Loans of $30,000 are available, appropriated from the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund.

Download the application packet at this link. The individual pieces of the application are also available below.

To find the census tract number for a particular address, visit the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's website and search the address.

Review the entire program description at this link. For more information, contact Marcia Baxter at 312.744.0696 or

Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must be City of Chicago non-probationary, full-time, sworn first responders, in good-standing, or employed in the Career Service under one of these positions
  • Must purchase home in a designated area: view the map here or the Census tract data here
  • Must purchase a single-family or two-unit home
  • Must live in the property for at least 10 years after purchase
  • Must make no more than 150 percent Area Median Income (see chart below)


150% AMI


Effective April 1, 2021 until superseded


Household Size

Maximum Household Income

1 person


2 people


3 people


4 people


5 people


6 people


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