|LiveEvanston is a City of Evanston initiative that makes attractive, high-quality homes affordable to qualified moderate-income families. Participation in the LiveEvanston program is not limited to first-time homebuyers. However, potential homebuyers cannot own a property that is their primary residence when making an offer on a LiveEvanston home.
If your household income is between the minimum and maximum levels shown below, you may be eligible for a LiveEvanston home! The income guidelines are based on the total number of persons in your household, regardless of familial relationships, and all purchased homes must be owner-occupied.
Download the LiveEvanston Income Certification Summary PDF
You can purchase a LiveEvanston home with a downpayment of just 3.5% of the purchase price. An earnest money deposit check of $1,000 is due with an offer to purchase.
LiveEvanston also helps by providing free homeownership education. Before purchasing a home, buyers are required to complete eight hours of counseling with a HUD-certified agency. Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, one of our partners, provides a flexible program that includes workshops and one-on-one sessions to meet your needs and your schedule.
First Look Advantage
If you live or work in Evanston, you may also qualify for LiveEvanston’s First Look Advantage. Qualified buyers may view and make an offer on a LiveEvanston home before it is put on the market.