We help Texas corrections officers buy a home of their own.
At the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC), we help Texans buy a home for themselves and their families. We are a nonprofit organization that was created by the Texas Legislature to help Texans achieve their dream of homeownership. Our Homes for Texas Heroes Program offers home loans and down payment assistance for corrections officers and county jailers.
Are You Eligible?
The Homes for Texas Heroes Program assists corrections officers and county jailers with down payment assistance and fixed rate home loans.
In order to qualify for this TSAHC home buying program as a corrections officer or county jailer, you must be one of the following:
- A full-time employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) or Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) who receives hazardous duty pay. Hazardous duty pay employees must have a VOE through TDCJ or TJJD.
- A person employed full-time as a county jail guard under Section 85.005, Local Government Code. County jailers must also be licensed through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
Learn More About the Homes for Texas Heroes Program
Check Your Eligibility
If you meet at least one of the requirements listed above, you should complete our online Eligibility Quiz. We’ll ask you a few questions to determine which TSAHC home buying program is best for you.
To qualify, you must also have a credit score of 620 and meet certain income requirements.
TSAHC Eligibility Quiz
What if You Don’t Qualify for the Homes for Texas Heroes Program?
You may still be eligible for our Home Sweet Texas Home Program, which offers home buying assistance to Texans who don’t qualify under the Heroes program.
To figure out which TSAHC program you’re eligible for, take our Eligibility Quiz.
What Does the Homes for Texas Heroes Program Offer?
The Homes for Texas Heroes Program is designed to help Texans who serve their communities get the money and support they need to buy a home. The program serves educators, police officers, firefighters, EMS, county jailers, and correctional officers.
If you qualify, TSAHC will provide you with a mortgage loan and funding to use for your down payment. You can choose to receive the down payment assistance as a grant (which does not have to be repaid) or a deferred forgivable second lien loan (which only has to be repaid if you sell or refinance within three years).
Are You A First-Time Home Buyer?
If you are buying your first home, you can also apply for a mortgage interest tax credit known as a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC). To qualify, you must meet certain income requirements and the home must meet certain sales price restrictions. The Eligibility Quiz will also help you determine if you qualify for an MCC.
Plus, if you're a Texas Hero and use an MCC and Down Payment Assistance together, your MCC is free—an additional $500 in savings!
TSAHC Eligibility Quiz
Ready to Start?
The first step is to take our quick online Eligibility Quiz. This quiz will tell you whether you’re eligible for our assistance.
If you are eligible, the quiz will then direct you to contact a participating lender in your area. The lender will help you fill out the application. You will not submit anything directly to TSAHC.
You will also be required to complete an approved home buyer education course before closing on your home. And while we don’t require you to work with a specific REALTOR®, you can also use this search tool to find a REALTOR® familiar with our programs.