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Temporary Homeownership Program Adjustments

Effective through May 1, 2020 

In response to COVID-19, the City of Boulder Homeownership Program has made temporary program adjustments. These changes are being made in an effort to accommodate social distancing recommendations and promote community safety. 

Viewing a Home Before Entering the Selection Process – Requirement Waved 

Potential buyers are no longer required to view a home before entering the selection process. It is hoped the winner of the selection will view the property within 24 hours of the selection. The prospective buyer is still required to submit a contract within 24 hours of the selection, unless the seller allows more time. Prior to the selection date, prospective buyers are expected to evaluate properties in as much detail as possible and only enter for homes they are seriously interested in buying and feel will fulfill their needs. Suggestions include reviewing photos, descriptions, video tours, if available, and reviewing home details.  

CHFA Homebuyer Education Class – Free Online Class Available 

Applicants continue to be required to complete the CHFA Homebuyer Education Class prior to going under contract on a home. CHFA has temporarily waved the $99 fee for the online version of this class Follow this link to view free online options through CHFA. If applicants are not able to access this online education, please contact the homeownership program. 

Application and Recertification Documentation – Electronic Submissions Accepted 

The Homeownership Program office is closed through April 30, 2020. As a result, paper applications and recertification documents cannot be received. Program staff are working remotely and can process electronically submitted applications and recertifications.

New Applicants 

The Online Application Portal is currently the best way to submit new applications. 

Recertifying Applicants 

The online application portal can also be used to submit recertification materials. This portal was not designed for recertifications. As a result, not all the information requested is needed for a recertification. Please follow the Recertification Checklist pdf to determine which documents are needed. The online application requires certain fields and uploads that might not apply to a recertification. For these, someone recertifying may either upload a blank document, or continue without an upload and email [email protected] when they have uploaded all recertification documents.  

There is no fee to recertify – do not submit payment if you are recertifying.  

More information about the regular recertification process can be found on the Application Recertification Page

Alternative Options 

We can accommodate other ways applicants may want to deliver application and recertification documents electronically. For sensitive data we recommend applicants take steps to secure information sent (password protect, secure portals, etc.). Applicants may blacken out social security numbers and all but the last four numbers of accounts. If using an alternative method, please email details to [email protected] 

Cannot Provide Documents Electronically 

Please contact us at [email protected] if electronic delivery is not an option. We will work to accommodate individual needs. 

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