Home buyers and Homeowners

Moderate Income Down Payment Assistance


DCCA/Cal Home Program Overview



Moderate income, first-time homebuyers may qualify for a low-interest, deferred payment loan of up to 17% of the purchase price for down payment assistance.



  • The loan funds must be used to pay a down payment on the purchase.
  • The home you buy must be your primary residence.
  • You will need to contribute a minimum of three percent of the purchase price.
  • You must not have owned a home in the last three years.
  • There are no payments on the loan until you refinance, sell, pay off the first mortgage, or no longer occupy the property as your primary residence.
  • Your loan repayment will be made in one payment that equals the original principal loan amount plus any accrued interest.

Eligible Property

  • You may be able to use this program to buy a new or resale single-family home, condominium, townhome or a manufactured home on a permanent foundation.
  • The home you purchase must be in an unincorporated area of San Diego County or in the city of Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach or Vista. For all other cities, please contact the appropriate agency for more information.
  • Before your loan can be approved, your new house will be inspected to ensure required standards are met. Please see Before the Inspection.

How to Apply

  • The County of San Diego has partnered with the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) to administer the Downpayment and Closing Cost Assistance (DCCA) Program. For more information please visit SDHC.


  • To participate, in the County of San Diego's DCCA Program, you must first apply for and obtain a first trust deed loan approval through one of the mortgage lenders pre-approved by SDHC.