Homeownership

FWHS is proud of its history of promoting homeownership. Owning a home gives residents a stake in their community and instills a sense of pride in their neighborhoods.

Our Homeownership program gives families who participate in the Housing Choice Voucher program the chance to pursue the “American Dream.” Eligible participants may purchase a home and use their voucher for mortgage expenses, which includes principal, interest, taxes, homeowners insurance, and a utility allowance.  Participants pay 30 percent of their monthly-adjusted income toward mortgage expenses and the housing authority covers the other portion.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program for one year or more
  • Earn at least $16,000 per year
  • Be a first-time home buyer
  • Be able to make a minimum down payment of 3% of sales price
  • Be able to pay 1% of the minimum down payment with personal funds
  • Complete extensive pre-purchase education, training and counseling, including sessions on establishing good credit, budgeting and home financing.

To learn more about our Homeownership program, please contact 817-333-3653.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a rent-to-own program?

No. The Homeownership program provides assistance with mortgage expenses for HCV participants who purchase a home. You must be determined “mortgage ready.”

Do I have to be a voucher holder in order to qualify?

Yes. You are required to be on Housing Choice Tenant-based assistance for at least one year.

I am not working now. Can I apply for the program?

No. You must be employed full-time. Elderly persons and individuals with disabilities are exempt from the employment requirements.

I have bad credit. What can I do?

First, you will meet and work closely with a credit counselor who will help you develop a personal plan of action for credit repairs.

If I am denied, can I re-apply?

Yes, once you have met the threshold requirements.