If anyone deserves a break when buying a home, it’s teachers. That’s why We Are Teachers is proud to partner with Teacher Next Door to tell educators about their program offering grants, down payment assistance, and other benefits. With rising home prices, inflation that makes dollars less valuable, and increasing interest rates, the dream of owning a home may seem out of reach for many. However, owning a home in your community can become a real possibility with the help of programs like Teacher Next Door! Teacher Next Door helps over 60,000 teachers per year purchase homes by offering grants up to $8,000 and down payment assistance up to $10,000. The best part? The Teacher Next Door Program is free to use!
If you’re a non-instructional school staff member, such as a custodian, office staff member, paraprofessional, or school nurse, you’re eligible as well! See all school staff members who can qualify.
What is the Teacher Next Door Program?
Teacher Next Door began in 2008 to benefit public service professionals who serve our communities. It has even evolved to become the largest home-buying program in the United States! In 2022 alone, they helped over 60,000 participants secure mortgage discounts and grants to help make home-buying a reality. The program works with over 15,000 Realtor® partners to offer special rates for educators, with over 50 grants and down payment assistance programs that you could qualify for.
What home discounts and grants can I receive?
- Home-buying grants up to $8,000
- Down payment assistance of up to $10,000
- Can be used on any home on the market
- Access to preferred interest rates
- Free appraisal credit and home buyer representation
- Discounts on title fees and more
Who is eligible to apply?
Pre-K–12 classroom teachers and college and university professors are invited to apply to the Teacher Next Door Program. Plus, many school staff members can apply, too! If you’re an administrator, custodian, paraprofessional, school nurse, bus driver, and many more titles, you could be eligible for the Teacher Next Door program. Head over to their site to see if you qualify.
Plus, there are even more programs for firefighters, healthcare workers, military families, and more. Check out all of the Next Door programs and professions eligible to apply.
How can I get started?
Head over to Teacher Next Door and start an application to see what you qualify for! There’s no credit check or fee required for your initial application. A specialist from the Teacher Next Door program will personally review your eligibility and let you know what grants and down payment assistance you may be able to receive.
Teacher Next Door in the Community
Teacher Next Door has made it their mission to help teachers wherever they need it, not only with home-buying. Each year the program runs a Supply Our School (SOS) drive, where they work with their Realtor® partners to bring teachers the supplies they need. Learn more about the SOS program here and find out how you can become part of their next drive!