The State of Maryland is a participating employer in the House Keys 4 Employees Program.
As a participating employer, the State provides financial assistance to active State of Maryland government employees (permanent and contractual employees) purchasing a home through the Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) using a 1st Time Advantage 5000 or a Flex 5000 loan. The amount available to State employees through the House Keys 4 Employees Program is $2,500, which would be layered with the existing $5,000 for a total of $7,500 in a zero percent deferred loan.
To learn about how you can take advantage of this assistance, start by Finding a Lender so you can get pre-qualified for an MMP loan. Homebuyer education is required for all MMP borrowers purchasing a home.
State of Maryland Government employees DO NOT need to submit a "Verification of Partner Contribution" form with their loan application. State employees need to inform their Lender of their status as a State of Maryland employee, which the Lender will verify by reviewing the employee's pay stub (through POSC). (NOTE: Employees of quasi- or independent state agencies, or the University System of Maryland, are not considered State of Maryland Government employees for the purposes of this program.)
A further $1,000 in Down Payment Assistance through the Smart Keys 4 Employees (also an interest-free, deferred loan) may be available if the employee is purchasing a home that is:
- Within 10 miles of their place of employment OR within the same County as the place of employment, AND
- The property is located in a Priority Funding Area.
If you are a State of Maryland employee purchasing a home in Baltimore City, you may be eligible for the Live Near Your Work program.