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NeighborhoodLIFT

NeighborhoodLIFT is available in Chicago-Cook County! NeighborhoodLIFT is a national down payment assistance program sponsored by Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks® America. It provides eligible homebuyers with $15,000 to use toward down payment and closing costs on qualified homes. For veterans and service members, teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, the program provides $17,500.

NeighborhoodLIFT

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago is proud to be part of the NeighborhoodLIFT program in collaboration with Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks® America. Discover the possibilities of homeownership and find out if it’s right for you.

Chicago-Cook County

Launch Event

Friday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

McCormick Place Convention Center
Grand Ballroom - South Building, Level 1
2301 S. King Drive Chicago, IL 60616

Visit Wells Fargo’s LIFT Web Page to register for the Chicago-Cook County NeighborhoodLIFT Launch Event starting Aug 2nd. Please register in advance for this event. Walk-ins are welcome, but only registered customers are assured of meeting with a professional to determine eligibility for a NeighborhoodLIFT reservation of $15,000 ($17,500 if you qualify for the First Responder, Military & Teacher benefit).

If sign-up for the launch event has closed, we encourage you to walk-in. If you are unable to attend, please sign up to receive updates about the Neighborhood LIFT Chicago Program.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago is proud to be part of the NeighborhoodLIFT program in collaboration with Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks® America. Discover the possibilities of homeownership and find out if it’s right for you.

Chicago-Cook County

Launch Event

Friday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

McCormick Place Convention Center
Grand Ballroom - South Building, Level 1
2301 S. King Drive Chicago, IL 60616

Advance registration for the Chicago-Cook County NeighborhoodLIFT Launch Event is now closed.
A limited number of Walk-In slots are available to meet with a professional to determine eligibility for a NeighborhoodLIFT reservation of $15,000 ($17,500 if you qualify for the First Responder, Military & Teacher benefit).
Only customers who registered and received a confirmation code are assured of a meeting, however. We encourage you to walk-in.

Please also sign up to receive updates about the Neighborhood LIFT Chicago program, and possible availability of funds.

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Advance Registration is now closed
We encourage walk-ins to the event
Please also sign up to receive updates

Admission is free!

Free parking will be available!

Program Information

  • Provides eligible homebuyers with $15,000 in down payment assistance on qualified properties ($17,500 for veterans and service members, teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians).
  • Provides homebuyer education that will prepare you for finding and financing a home and for managing the financial responsibilities of homeownership.
  • Assistance is not limited to first-time buyers.
  • Borrowers’ annual income in combination with household size must be at or below the income limits set for the program in Chicago-Cook County. Income limits are higher for military service members, veterans, law enforcement officers, Pre-K-12th grade teachers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. View Income Limits. View First Responder, Military & Teacher Benefit Information. View additional Military Benefit Information (Coming soon).
  • Properties qualified for the program must be:
    1. Located in Chicago or Cook County.
    2. The primary, owner-occupied home of the buyer(s)
    3. A single-family home (attached or detached), 2-4 unit home, condominium, townhome, PUD, co-op, land trust or qualified manufactured home.

   NOTE: No closings may take place before September 25, 2018.

   At the Launch Event You Can:

  •    Meet with a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultant to qualify for a first mortgage if you choose.
  •    Bring a pre-approval letter from any lender. To receive NeighborhoodLIFT funds, though, you must be approved by a LIFT lender prior to closing.
            Click here to view a complete list of participating partner lenders.
  •    Find out if you are eligible for $15,000 in down payment assistance on qualified properties ($17,500 if you qualify for the First Responder, Military & Teacher benefit).
  •    Sign up for education programs that can prepare you for finding and financing a home and managing the financial responsibilities of homeownership.

   Required Documents for All Attendees:

ALL attendees, must bring the following documents for each borrower:

  • Gross income amount for borrowers, including primary, second and part-time jobs, as well as overtime, bonuses and commissions
  • 60 days’ pay stubs with year-to-date information for all jobs
  • Proof of any and all other income received, such as Social Security Award letter, retirement and/or pension income, unemployment income, death or disability payments, divorce/court decree for alimony and/or child support, etc.
  • Federal tax returns for the past two years (1040s)
  • W-2s for the past two years
  • Recent two (2) months of personal bank statements; self-employed applicants should also bring recent two (2) months of business bank statements
  • Current Profit and Loss Statement for self-employed individuals

Click here for a printable list of these documents.

NOTE: If you have a fully executed sale agreement on a home, please bring it with you.



Do you need to get pre-approved for a loan? Meet with a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultant at the NeighborhoodLIFT Chicago event. Please bring all documents in this checklist.

NOTE: The documents required for determining NeighborhoodLIFT eligibility and for qualifying for a Wells Fargo pre-approval are NOT the same.
Please be sure to review both lists.


   Not able to attend the launch event on August 24-25?

Bookmark this page to easily check back to see if funds are still available after the event and for other program updates.
You can also sign up to receive emails about the program updates.
If you have additional questions, please first visit our FAQ page. Also feel free to contact NHS of Chicago if you have any questions about NeighborhoodLIFT at lift@nhschicago.org or call (888) 688-LIFT (5438).