The DHS Individual DevelopmentAccount Strategy– Home Ownership Application Approval Family or Individual Online Financial Education Home Purchase 6-18 Month Savings
Benefits of Individual Development Accounts • Savings and Match Funds Can Only Be Used Towards the Purchase of a First Home • Participants Can Save Up To $2,000 in their IDAs • Participants Will Receive a $1 to $1 match - up to $2,000 • Participants Can Drop Out And Have Their Savings Returned To Them, Without The Matching Funds • In Some Cases, IDA Funds Can Be Combined With Other First Time HomeBuyer Downpayment Assistance Programs
Individual Development Account Application Procedure • Download Application from the Internet or Obtain one from a DHS Office near you. • Must Submit a Complete Program Application • Including Previous Year’s Federal Tax Returns • Including a Scored Credit Report • Submit Complete Application • Scored Credit Report • Last Year’s Federal Tax Returns
Individual Development Account Guidelines Applicants Must: • Have Adjusted Gross Income Less Than 200% of Poverty Level • Be A Current Resident of the State of Illinois • Have a Previous Year’s Tax Return • Have a Credit history that will enable them to purchase a home within 2 years.
Individual Development Account Income Limits • Family Size Gross Annual Income* • 1 $20,420 • $27,380 • $34,340 • $41,300
Submitting an Application • Fax or Mail COMPLETED and SIGNED applications to: • (312) • AFI c/o Kevin Davy 401 S. Clinton 7th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60607
Securing DHS Application Approval • DHS will Review All Applications that are Complete. • DHS will contact via phone, email, or mail everyone who applies. • Funding is limited, participants enrolled on a first come, first served basis. • Qualified applicants will be put on a waitlist if all spots are full.
6 to 18 Months Savings Period • Once enrolled, participants must save in their IDAs for at least 6 Months and no more than 24 months. • All IDAs are held at National City Bank – DHS staff will help to set up the account. • All participants must agree to have funds withdrawn from their existing bank account via electronic funds transfer.
Financial Education Component • Required for all Program Participants • Available Through The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Online • Must Submit Certificates of Completion for Courses Mandated By DHS • Courses offered by Financial Links for Low Income People Trainers Accepted As Compliance
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Homeownership Education • Required for all Program Participants purchasing Homes. • Provided by Nonprofit Partners, HUD Certified Homeownership Providers and Online Vendors • Must provide proof of completed training to program manager
Congratulations! You Are Now Ready for Home Purchase! • Must Save For At Least 6 Months • Cannot Save for More Than 18 Months • Must Complete Home Purchase In Maximum of 24 Months
The Illinois Department of Human Services Partnership for Homeownership The Illinois Housing Development Authority The United States Department of Human Services, Administration for Children And Families Financial Links for Low Income People The Tax Counseling Project Special Thanks to Our Partners