Down Payment Assistance Program Overview

Shelby County's Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Program assists low and moderate income individuals in covering a portion of their down payment and closing costs associated with purchasing a home. The home that you buy may be either an existing home or a newly constructed home anywhere within the boundaries of Shelby County as long as the purchase price does not exceed $250,000. Effective July 1, 2021, up to $6,000 is available as a 3% fixed rate loan and repayment terms can extend up to 15 years (180 months).  Debt ratios must not exceed 45% total debt.


Program Requirements & Eligibility

  • The purchaser must invest a minimum of $500 of his/her own funds.
  • The home being purchased must be located within Shelby County.
  • Purchasers must be able to qualify for either THDA, FHA, VA, or Conventional Financing.
  • Purchasers need a good credit history, stable employment, and  must complete a certified Homebuyer Education Class.
  • You must also meet minimum and maximum income limit requirements by family size as shown in the chart below.
Household Income Limits Up to 2  3 or more
Minimum $26,100 $26,100
Maximum $69,709 $80,165


Do you have questions about the DPA program?

For more information contact the Shelby County Department of Housing at 901-222-7600 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Ask to speak with a Down Payment Assistance Loan Counselor. A Counselor can answer any questions that you may have and will be able to provide you with further information on the Down Payment Assistance Program.



Lead Hazard Control Program

If your home was built before 1978, if a child under six (6) years old resides in your home and/or spends any time at your home, that child may be exposed to lead-based paint hazards and at risk of becoming lead poisoned. The Shelby County Department of Housing (SCHD) Lead Hazard Control Program provides free assistance to homeowners who want to protect themselves and their family from lead-based paint hazards. The Shelby County Department of Housing utilizes funds from a federal grant to address lead hazards.



In most cases, the Lead Hazard Control Program assists homeowners who can meet the following qualifications.

  • The property must be in Shelby County, Tennessee and must be owner-occupied.
  • Child/children under six (6) years old must live or spend time at the home.
  • Homeowners must meet HUD income requirements.

Shelby County Department of Housing reviews and approves applications for assistance on a first come/first served basis.


How To Apply

To apply for assistance, complete this application for the Lead Hazard Control Program. Be sure all questions are answered and the requested documentation is included with the application. The completed application must be returned by mail or in-person to the following contact person and address: 


Shelby County Department of Housing
ATTN: Antoinette Knowlton
1075 Mullins Station Rd, W2
Memphis, TN 38134



Housing Rehabilitation Program*

The Shelby County Housing Rehabilitation Program is for improving housing conditions for low- and moderate-income families in Shelby County outside the city limits of Memphis by correcting health and safety hazards and code violations.

The  rehabilitation program is intended to :

  • Reduce unsafe, unsanitary housing conditions
  • Encourage neighborhood preservation, neighborhood reinvestment, and to promote community pride 
  • Improve the housing conditions of low and moderate income owner occupants, and
  • Correct housing code violations


*  Rehabilitation Assistance Applications will be accepted February 01, 2021 – April 30, 2021.  Our office will be unable to accept or process any application postmarked after the April 30th deadline.



The Rehabilitation Program assists homeowners who live outside of the City of Memphis and within Shelby County. Applicants must live either in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Unincorporated Memphis/Shelby County, or Millington. You must also meet HUD income requirements as shown in the chart below. 

Household Size Income Level
1 Person $38,500
2 Person $44,000
3 Person $49,500
4 Person $54,950
5 Person $59,350
6 Person $63,750
7 Person $68,150
8 Person $72,550


Do you have questions about the Housing Rehabilitation Program?

Some answers to your questions can be found under the Frequently Asked Questions section of this page.   If more information is needed, please contact Antoinette Knowlton at 901-222-7605 weekdays between 8:00 a.m.  and 4:30 p.m. for pre-screening and to receive an application.   Ms. Knowlton can answer any questions that you may have and will be able to provide you with further information on the Housing Rehabilitation Program.


Rehabilitation Program Awards

Contact Tom Fletcher at 901-222-7608 with questions regarding rehabilitation program awards.  Click here to see this calendar year's program awards.