Larimer Down Payment Assistance

Larimer Home Ownership Program (Lhop) 


LHOP currently has funding for all eligible areas.   If you have any questions feel free to contact our office at 970-635-5931 m-f 8-5. “We Help Families Realize Their Dream of Home Ownership” The LHOP program has funds for properties being purchased in Larimer County (including Loveland, Wellington, Berthoud, Estes and unincorporated Loveland and unincorporated Fort Collins.  This program does not assist purchases with in  the city limits of Fort Collins. The Larimer Home Ownership Program is administered by the Loveland Housing Authority and offers down payment and closing cost assistance to low and moderate income families purchasing their first home. Families may not earn more than 80% of the area.  (Family of 1 – $43,800, Family of 2 – $50,050, Family of 3 – $56,300, Family of 4 – $62,550, Family of 5 – $67,600) this is the max income, you can earn less. This program is funded mainly with federal, state and county dollars, because of that we are able to offer lower interest rates and more flexible terms then a traditional lender. The Maximum loan amount is $15,000 which has recently been increased, with an interest rate of 2% and a ten year term.  Applicants must have 1% of the purchase price in the deal as their contribution.  The LHOP loan amount is based on that need with the max being $15K not all applicants will receive the max amount.  This program can used along with other down payment programs such as Colorado Housing and Finance Authority funds.

  • This program can be used by qualified buyer, purchasing a home in Larimer County.
  • The home value may not exceed the current HUD limits.
  • Funds will not be reserved until you have a home under contract and a first mortgage loan approval.
  • Applicants must be pre-approved by a lender prior to submitting an application.
  • Applicants must attend a first time home buyer class.
  • Home buyer/Applicant is able to work with any lender of their choosing for the first mortgage – The program reserves the right to not lend behind a first mortgage that would have questionable terms.

The City of Fort Collins has its own program if you are purchasing with in the city limits of Fort Collins please contact their office at 970-221-6595 or visit there website at The application process is very simple you can print out the 2017 application LHOP, or call 970-635-5931 to have one mailed, faxed or email to you. Fill it out and provide; proof of income, family size and pre-qualification information from your lender.  The Larimer Home Ownership Program located at 375 W. 37th Street, Suite 200, Loveland, CO 80538.

Lender information: Lender list of required documents:  Lender Letter Title Information: INSTRUCTIONS TO TITLE 

Click for an example packet of the closing documents that LHOP requires-Closing documents-example for lender review.   We will prepare all required documents for a specific client closing.

As a requirement of the program you must attend a first time home buyer training class provided by Neighbor to Neighbor (970-484-7498) prior to your closing.  For additional classes offered throughout the state, go to the CHFA Website to download a schedule of classes.