NeighborhoodLIFT is available now in Philadelphia!

NHS of Greater Berks, in partnership with New Kensington Community Development Corporation and HACE, proudly joins the NeighborhoodLIFT program in collaboration with Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks America. The NeighborhoodLIFT program offers homebuyer education plus $15,000 for eligible homebuyers to use toward down payment and/or closing costs on qualified homes.

Discover the possibilities of homeownership and find out if it’s right for you!

Funds Available on a Limited Basis

We accept requests for NeighborhoodLIFT funds each week from 9:00 a.m. on Thursdays until 9:00 a.m. on Mondays, as long as funds are available. Visit this website during those times to submit a request for funds.
A random selection process will be used each week to determine which customers may move forward in the process to apply for down payment assistance. If you are not selected, you may return to this website the following week to see if funds are available for request.

NeighborhoodLIFT Program Information
Provides homebuyer education to prepare potential homebuyers for homeownership
Provides eligible homebuyers with $15,000 in down payment and/or closing cost assistance on eligible properties
Assistance is not limited to first-time homebuyers
All borrowers’ annual income must be at or below $54,000
Properties for the program must be:

  1. Located in the city limits of Philadelphia
  2. The primary, owner-occupied home of the borrowers
  3. A single-family home (attached or detached), 2- 4-unit home, condominium, townhome, PUD, co-op, land trust or qualified manufactured home

NOTE: Please coordinate with NHS of Greater Berks, your first mortgage lender and real estate agent as closing dates may need to be adjusted due to demand and capacity. Once you are notified you have been selected to move forward with the program, you will need a minimum of 30 days to close.

In order to submit a request for the NeighborhoodLIFT program, you must:

Complete eight hours of homebuyer education with an agency that is eligible for the NeighborhoodLIFT program.
NeighborhoodLIFT program HBE eligible agencies
Get a mortgage pre-approval from an approved NeighborhoodLIFT lender.
NeighborhoodLIFT program approved lenders
Meet the income requirements for the program. All borrowers’ annual income must be at or below $54,000.

If the number of requests exceeds the amount of funds available, random selection will be used and a limited number of individuals will be notified by the end of the day on November 30 with their next steps to move forward in the program. Those who are determined to be eligible will be issued a 90-day LIFT Qualification/Reservation for down payment assistance within 10 business days of a complete application.

Take the Eligibility Questionnaire to see if you are able to request funds.

Eligibility Questionnaire

What happens after you apply?

You will receive an email with additional instructions. They can also be found here.

Be sure to check the spam or junk mail folder in your email. All communication will be from

Contact NHS of Greater Berks for questions about NeighborhoodLIFT at

Homebuyer Education vs. Home Ownership Counseling. Know the difference!

Ready to buy a home?
Homebuyer Education (HBE) – homebuyer informational sessions that teach prospective homeowners about the requirements for buying a home, the steps involved and how to protect your investment. It is designed for borrowers who are ready to qualify for, or already have, a mortgage pre-approval from a lender. An eight-hour Homebuyer Education course is required to request NeighborhoodLIFT down payment and/or closing cost assistance. A list of participating homebuyer education providers will be available soon.

Not sure if you’re ready to buy a home, or want to learn more?
Home Ownership Counseling – provides help with budgeting, credit, and information on the homebuying process. It is designed to help potential homebuyers begin the homebuying process. Home Ownership Counseling is not required to request NeighborhoodLIFT down payment and/or closing cost assistance. A list of counseling agencies will be available soon.

Learn more about NeighborhoodLIFT and the homebuying process with these videos.

Steps in the Homebuying Process

The Importance of Credit

If you have additional questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.