Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program

CHFA is proud to offer an additional 0.125% off already below-market interest rate loans to help Teachers become homeowners in the communities where they work.  You must be a first-time homebuyer or have not owned a home in the past three years. The home must be your primary residence. Investment or vacation properties are not allowed.


  • Reduced below-market rate loan
  • No asset limit requirements
  • Downpayment Assistance Program loan available

Eligible Properties

  • Existing – Single Family
  • New Construction – (Statewide Single Family / 2 unit eligible in Targeted Areas only)
  • 2 – 4 units (existing & occupied as residential for the past 5 years)
  • Condominiums (FNMA & FHA approved – Includes 2-4 unit projects)
  • Townhomes
  • PUD’s (FNMA & FHA approved)

Eligibility Requirements

You must hold a valid Connecticut certificate and;

  • Be employed as a teacher in a priority or transitional school district as listed below; or
  • Employed by the State of Connecticut in a technical high school that is located in a priority or transitional school district; or
  • You graduated from a public high school in an educational reform district  (as defined in Section 10-262u of the CT General Statutes); or
  • You graduated from a historically black college or university or a Hispanic-serving institution; or
  • You teach in your respective endorsement area/s in one of the following  State-Identified Subject  Matter Shortage Areas listed below.
  • In the case of certified teachers in a priority or transitional school district, or in a technical high school located in a priority or transitional school district, the dwelling must be located in the district in which the school is located.

Priority or Transitional School Districts:

Ansonia Hartford Stamford
Bridgeport Manchester Stratford
Bloomfield Meriden Thompson
Bristol Middletown Torrington
Danbury Naugatuck Wallingford
Derby New Britain Waterbury
East Hartford New Haven West Hartford
East Haven New London West Haven
Enfield Norwalk Winchester
Hamden Norwich Windham

State-Identified Subject Matter Shortage Areas in effect until June 30, 2020:

Bilingual Education, PK-12 Science, 7-12
Comprehensive Special Education, K-12 Speech and Language Pathology
Mathematics, 7-12 Technology Education, PK-12
Occupational Subject, Vocational Tech High School TESOL, PK-12
School Library Media Specialist World Languages, 7-12

Additional Considerations

  • The sales price of the home must be within the CHFA Sales Price Limits, and your gross income must be within the CHFA Income Limits.
  • You will be required to attend a free Homebuyer Education class prior to closing. The class will help you understand the home-buying process and offer tips for maintaining your new home. Classes are held online and at locations across Connecticut.
  • The loan must be insured through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Veterans Administration, USDA Rural Development, or Private Mortgage Insurance.  If you make a down payment of 20% or more, mortgage insurance may not be required.
  • In rare cases, you could be required to pay a Federal Recapture Tax if you sell your home within the first nine years, AND earn a profit, AND your income exceeds the designated Federal Recapture Tax Income at the time of sale. Should you fall into this category, you may be reimbursed by CHFA for the taxes paid if  you complete and file the required forms. Consult a tax professional if you have questions on the Recapture Tax.

Targeted Area Exception

If you have owned a home in the past three years, you may still be eligible if you plan to purchase in a targeted area, which are communities targeted by the federal government for revitalization. CHFA will waive the income limit for eligible applicants purchasing in Targeted Areas who are not applying for a Downpayment Assistance Program loan.




DISCLAIMER: This is not an offer to make a loan or to make a loan on any particular terms. All loan applicants must qualify under underwriting requirements and satisfy all contingencies of loan approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. Norcom Mortgage NMLS ID # 71655 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)