Housing Section

In an effort to provide affordable housing opportunities in Hanford and to preserve the existing neighborhoods in our community, the City of Hanford offers the following housing programs:

First-Time Homebuyers Program
The HOME Sweet Home First-time Homebuyers Program offers qualified first-time homebuyers the opportunity to borrow up to $75,000 for down payment and/or closing costs to purchase a newly constructed or existing home within the Hanford city limits. This program offers a 30-year loan with deferred payments (meaning no payment due) for the entirety of the loan term. The loan carries a 2% fixed interest rate and is secured by a second Deed of Trust.  Staff currently maintains an interest list for this program.  

Emergency Repair Program
The City of Hanford Emergency Repair Program is designed to assist low- to moderate-income persons make emergency/minor repairs, disability-accessibility modifications to their home. Emergency repairs are those repairs which are necessary to safeguard against imminent danger to human life, health and safety, or to protect property from further structural damage. Grants up to $10,000 are available to qualifying homeowners. Staff currently maintains an interest list for this program.  

Water Utility Payment Assistance Program
When the City Council authorized the water utility rate increases on December 15, 2015,
support was expressed for a payment assistance program. An allocation of funds was included
in the 2017 Community Development Block Grant program which was ultimately approved by
the Council. The City is pleased to announce that the Water Assistance Program is now
accepting applications. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The program provides low and very-low income Seniors and families with disabilities with 3
months assistance at $30 per month.

Contact the City's Housing Specialist today to add your name to the interest list!

The above-mentioned programs are targeted to Hanford's very low- to moderate-income families and are subject to the availability of program funds. For additional program information, brochures, or applications contact the City's Housing Staff Roberta Monzelli at (559) 585-2587 or Sandra Lerma-Martinez at (559) 585-4766, or feel free to stop by the city offices located at 317 N. Douty Street. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For TDD/TYY Dial 711.

The city offers Spanish-speaking personnel for the needs of the community.