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How To Apply
Learn more about the steps you should take to apply to the Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program below.
- Contact LNYW and ensure eligibility
You are encouraged to contact the LNYW coordinator at the start of your homebuying process if you anticipate applying for a LNYW grant. The program coordinator can assist you with any questions you may have about eligibility, homeownership counseling, and combining the grant with other incentives.
- Register for a LNYW workshop
LNYW provides workshops for employees so they know how to take full advantage of the available incentives and familiarize them with the process and neighborhoods.
- Complete homeownership counseling
To qualify for a LNYW grant, you must complete homeownership counseling BEFORE making an offer on a home and signing a sales contract. GO Northwest Housing Resource Center is UMB’s homeownership counseling agency of choice, but you may obtain your certification from any HUD-certified housing counselor. It is up to you, the buyer, to ensure your counseling is completed before making an offer on a home. A copy of the homeownership counseling certificate is required as a part of the LNYW grant application.
- Research additional homebuying incentives
You may be eligible to combine the LNYW grant with other incentives available through the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland. Visit Live Baltimore to learn more. Live Baltimore is a local nonprofit that specializes in helping buyers determine which incentives they can use.
- Get pre-qualified by a mortgage lender
Borrowers must obtain mortgage financing from a federally insured lender to use a LNYW grant. The following types of loans cannot be used:
- No cash sales
- Seller financing
- Adjustable rate mortgage
- Interest-only loan
- Choose a real estate agent to help you find your home
Once you are pre-qualified by a mortgage lender and know how much you can pay for a home, you can begin looking at properties for sale within the program’s qualifying neighborhoods.
- Review important details about the LNYW Program
Before submitting your LNYW application, be sure to review the program parameters to understand the expectations of the program and ask the LNYW Program coordinator any questions you may have.
- Submit your LNYW application and required documentation
- Obtain a LNYW application on the website. Do not begin this application unless you have completed homeownership counseling and made an offer on a home.
- Once you have completed the employee portion of the application and the LNYW Coordinator has completed/signed the employer portion of the application, it should be submitted to the Office of Homeownership for the City of Baltimore. The application will need to be submitted together with any of the documents listed below that are available at the time you submit the application to the city.
- Inform your lender that you have applied for the LNYW incentive.
- Once the city receives your signed LNYW application and initial documents, the Office of Homeownership will confirm the amount of LNYW that you are eligible for. This information will be shared with you, your employer, and your mortgage lender.
- Contact your lender to submit application documents to ensure a full-fund commitment.
- All application documents must be provided by you or your lender prior to any deadlines outlined below.
- As a participant in the LNYW Program, it is your responsibility to ensure that final documents reach the Baltimore City Office of Homeownership no later than 15 days prior to your settlement date.
A complete list of application items is listed below. Application packages can be mailed or delivered by hand to the Baltimore City Office of Homeownership. A PDF of any or all materials may be submitted via email. However, you are responsible for providing a printed version of the contract of sale for Baltimore City’s files.
Items Required for Reservation of Funds
All of the items below should be submitted as soon as possible.
- Baltimore City Live Near Your Work application
Return the completed LNYW application. Applications must be executed by the employer and employee.
- Homeownership counseling certificate
Homeownership counseling certificates must be dated prior to the date you sign your contract of sale. There are no exceptions to this policy. A list of Baltimore City Approved Homeownership Counseling Agencies is available.
- Proof of $1,000 employee investment
Proof may be presented in the form of canceled checks and/or paid receipts evidencing one or a combination of the following: deposit on the contract of sale, property appraisal, home inspection fees, hazard insurance policy.
- Contract of sale executed by both parties
Please note that a full, printed version of the contract of sale must be mailed or delivered to the Baltimore City Office of Homeownership prior to issuing a LNYW commitment letter. A PDF version is accepted in the interim of final approval.
Items Required for Full City Commitment
All of the items below must be submitted no less than 15 working days before settlement.
- Signed mortgage loan application (1003): From your mortgage lender.
- Loan estimate: From your mortgage lender.
- Final mortgage loan commitment letter: Must be executed by the borrower and the lender.