First-Time Homebuyers

MEDA can help you

  • Learn vital home pre-purchase information
  • Gain down payment assistance
  • Strengthen your personal finances
  • Get prepared for a below-market-rate (BMR) condo or rental



10 hours total, as follows.


Attend a virtual two-hour orientation focusing on the City of San Francisco’s MOHCD-sponsored programs, requirements and Down Payment Assistance for first-time homebuyers (DAHLIA). (Register for “San Francisco Homebuyers Program Orientation with MEDA, English and Spanish).


Attend a MEDA virtual six-hour First-Time Homebuyers class on the second Saturday of the month (offered in English and Spanish). Please register for one of our First-Time Homebuyers workshops online or by email to If the workshop registration is full, we encourage you to contact us. This pre-purchase First-Time Homebuyers workshop covers many topics that are essential for anyone considering the possibility of buying housing in San Francisco.
*FREE for your First-Time Homebuyer certification. This class includes:

  • Six-hour First-Time Homebuyers workshop
  • One year of credit monitoring services
  • Homebuyer Certification Renewal
  • Unlimited access to one-on-one Housing Opportunities coaching services.


Once you have attended a First-Time Homebuyers workshop, you will be eligible to meet with one of our Housing Opportunities HUD-approved coaches to evaluate your mortgage readiness. During your one-on-one coaching session, you will receive certification that you completed your First-Time Homebuyers requirements, plus apply for Downpayment Assistance Loan Programs (DALP) and below-market-rate (BMR) unit programs through the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development.
Attend a two-hour, one-on-one session (instructions for this session are given at the Saturday class.) To schedule a VIRTUAL initial one-on-one session, you must email to request a secure link to upload your documents to MEDA Housing Opportunities Team. MEDA is no longer accepting attachments with your confidential information by email.

If you need special accommodation or in-person services, please email us.

MEDA looks forward to helping you achieve your goal of homeownership.

If you are interested in First-Time Homebuyers workshops or have questions on the process, please contact us:; text: (415) 223-5089.