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First-Time Home buyers


At Justine PETERSEN, you can get personalized guidance through the whole home purchase process through our HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Program. We can connect you to lenders, real estate agents, home inspectors, as well as down payment and closing cost assistance programs. 

Need to work on credit first? No problem, our counselors are well-versed in credit building and will work closely with you to create a plan for home purchase. There is no cost for this service, simply give our staff a call or fill out our online application for "Housing Counseling" and we’ll get you set up with an appointment!


St. Louis | Granite City
314-533-2411 x 275

Home Buyer Education

In-person Class

In need of a comprehensive run-down of all things pre-purchase?

Our one-on-one home buyer education class gives first-time home buyers a closer look at everything from credit to closing. This class is HUD-Approved, so we meet the requirements of many down payment assistance programs. Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate to take to your lender. The course costs $250, payment is deferred until home purchase.

We offer the in-person course at both our St. Louis and Granite City locations. Please call 314-533-2411 x 275 to schedule.

In order to keep our clients and staff safe, we are not currently offering an in-person class. You are encouraged to take the eHome America Online Homebuyer Education class.

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Justine PETERSEN helped me own my own home. I am so happy that I do not pay rent anymore. It feels great to come home every night.
Jerry Johnson
Online Class

We’re now offering online education through eHome America!

Complete our online home buyer education class on your schedule. This class meets National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling, which is a requirement for many down payment assistance programs. Plus, you're able to take the course in English or Spanish. The course fee is $125.00, to be paid at the time of registration.

When you have completed the on-line course, you will be instructed to reach out to Justine PETERSEN to schedule your one-on-one counseling session with a HUD- Certified Housing Counselor. Upon completion of the counseling session, you will receive your certificate of completion.

Register and complete the course through our personalized link: www.ehomeamerica.org/justinepetersen

Illinois Rental Payment Program

Behind on Rent Due to COVID-19?

Landlords and Tenants can apply jointly for up to $25,000 in emergency rental assistance!

Applicants are eligible for up to 15 months of assistance. The grant can cover the past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary. The maximum grant amount is $25,000. The emergency rental assistance is provided by the Federal government and is free to tenant and housing provider. If approved, the grant will be paid to the housing provider in the form of a check.

Questions? Contact Fredrica Burnett at fgraham@justinepetersen.org or 314-533-2411 x 131

Eligibility requirements: 
  • Household must have experienced a financial hardship directly—or indirectly—due to the pandemic
  • Household is at least 30 days behind on rent and/or is at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  • 2020 household income was below 80% of the AMI
  • Tenant is NOT required to provide proof of citizenship
How to apply? 

Step 1: Housing Providers start the application process at ILRPP.IHDA.org

Step 2: Housing Providers complete their portion of the application process and send the application off to the tenant.

Step 3: Tenant completes their portion and submits to IHDA

Landlords can apply between 5/17 and 6/6.

HOMEOWNERS

St. Louis City Owner-Occupied Home Rehab Program

Justine PETERSEN will assist St. Louis City homeowners to preserve your asset by providing up to $5,000 in forgivable funds per household to be used for eligible home repairs. Eligible homeowners must live in the City with household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Interested homeowners are encouraged to complete the St. Louis Eligibility Questionnaire. Specific questions can be directed to housing.intake@justinepetersen.org or 314-533-2411 x 275.

The waitlist is currently closed. Please check back soon!


Eligibility for both Alton and St. Louis Programs:

  • Eligible home repairs include plumbing, electrical, roof, sewer, heating and cooling, windows, or accessibility retrofits (excluding exterior ramps).*
  • Property must be 1-2 units (single-family) and you must own it and reside in it as your primary residence (owner-occupied).
  • You cannot owe any money to the City or be past due on your property taxes.
  • You cannot be in active foreclosure.

*health and safety issues are a priority

Maximum annual income is based on household size. Learn more here

City of Alton Owner-Occupied Home Rehab Program

With Madison County and the City of Alton, Justine PETERSEN will provide up to $10,000 in forgivable funds, per household, to be used for eligible home repairs. Eligible homeowners must live in the City of Alton with household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Interested homeowners are encouraged to complete the Alton Eligibility Questionnaire. Specific questions can be directed to housing.intake@justinepetersen.org or 314-533-2411 x 275.

The waitlist is currently closed. Please check back soon!

St. Louis City Down Payment & Closing Cost Assitance Program
Justine PETERSEN will assist eligible St. Louis City homebuyers by providing $2,500 in forgivable funds to purchase their new home. Eligible homebuyers must be purchasing in the City of St. Louis and have household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). You may be able to use these funds in combination with other Down Payment Assistance programs. Interested homebuyers should contact Randen Click at rclick@justinepetersen.org or 314-533-2411 x 109.
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