First-Time Homebuyer Assistance

Down payment assistance is available to first-time home buyers in Lenoir and Caldwell County through the the Unifour Consortium First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program. 

The City of Lenoir serves as the lead entity for the Unifour Consortium, however, the program is managed by staff at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG).

Visit the First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program page on the WPCOG website for details about the program and eligibility requirements.

What is the Unifour Consortium?

In June of 1995, all twenty-eight (28) local governments in the four county area (Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba) agreed to form the Unifour Consortium HOME Program, a regional body that has achieved entitlement status from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Lenoir serves as the Lead Entity for the Unifour Consortium. The Unifour Consortium receives approximately $1.2 million annually to address regional housing issues. These grant funds are made available to the Unifour Consortium under the HOME Investment Partnership Act through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. In other words these are HOME Program funds made available through HUD. The purpose of the Unifour Consortium is to plan and carry out regional housing activities to benefit low-income beneficiaries.  The twenty-eight local governments unanimously selected first-Time Homebuyer Assistance as the primary program activity.