Basic Overview of the GNND Program

Who Is Eligible?

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Teacher employed full time

(Must be current or prospective homeowner)

The Good Neighbor Next Door program gives qualified individuals an opportunity to purchase homes with a significant 50 percent discount.  It’s intended to encourage community helpers to move into the same communities that they provide a service. Teachers of public school students, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and police officers are encouraged to participate in the program to improve neighborhoods.

The discount is applied toward the appraised value of the home, and participants must make the purchase within the seven days that it’s listed. If a home is currently appraised at $300,000, the GNND program would allow qualified candidates to purchase the property for only $150,000. The buyer may also take advantage of an FHA-insured mortgage to finance any acquisition expenses, such as major home repairs and closing costs. It’s required that the purchaser use the home as their primary residence for at least three years to fulfill the entire agreement. There are no restrictions once the three years have past if the owner decides that they would like to remain in the home, rent it out to a tenant, or sell it for a profit.

Qualifying for Participation

An applicant must hold a full-time job in a position that promotes a safer, stronger community. Participants may be employed at a state accredited school, a local government division, a larger government division (federal or state, for example), or Indian tribal government. You cannot be eligible for the program if you or your spouse own a home, you have owned a home in the past year, or if you have already obtained a home through the Good Neighbor Next Door or any similar program.

Guide to Acquiring a Home

Successfully purchasing a home truly relies on receiving a timely notification of homes available in your community. The homes listed under the GNND program are only offered for a total of seven days, so it’s a good idea to request text and email notifications. There is an equal opportunity for all qualified participants to apply for a listed home, and one candidate will be selected randomly to purchase the specific property. A real estate agent will be assigned to each applicant so that they can officially place their name into the drawing. The agent can also get started on the pre-qualification process with various mortgage lenders to find any additional programs that reward community helpers.

What Are the Odds of Being Selected?

Although it’s difficult to predict the exact odds of being awarded, there are plenty of homes that go to the only interested participant. The program doesn’t sell all of the homes that are listed because of the short seven day application period. No special privileges are given to individuals with a specific job title as long as you are a qualified participant. Your odds of being selected only decrease based on the amount of people that apply for the same property.

Officers of the Law

Police that wish to take part in the GNND program may only apply for properties within the area that they service on a typical day. You must get verification from your employer that you work full-time in law enforcement for a qualifying division of the government. This may include a parish, state, local, or federal government agency that requires that you uphold the law and make arrests for violations. Indian tribal government employees can also take part in the program, but there are law enforcement agents that are ineligible. The GNND home program does not allow dispatchers, law enforcement employed at private corporations or schools, or civilian employees to participate in most cases.

Public School Teachers

Any educator at a state-accredited public or private school may enter the lottery for homes within the district that they teach. The boundaries are determined by the service area of the employer, and they must also verify that you work full-time as a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classroom teacher. Property that you apply for must also be within the same area as the students of your district.

Emergency Medical Technicians and Firefighters

A firefighter or EMT must be emp

loyed full-time at a station or emergency medical services unit of an official government agency, and they must service the area that the property is located. First responders cannot qualify for the program if they work for a privately owned company.

In order to participate, you must follow the guidance on HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door web page.

To read more about this program, go to this page