Bergen County American Dream Program

Bergen County American Dream Program: Open the door to a first home of your own-Open the door to the American Dream (for eligible first time home buyers and those who have not owned a home for at least three years.

Open the door to a first home of your own.

Bergen County Government can help:

Having a home of your own is a big part of achieving the American Dream. For countless Bergen County residents, however, the dream of home ownership is often beyond reach.

Faced with high real estate costs and the struggle to save for a down payment, many find themselves unable to translate their hard work and hopes into a home of their own.

In response to this situation, Bergen County government has developed an innovative program in partnership with area banks that combines below market interest rates and deferred pay back mortgage financing for qualified first time homebuyers.

We invite you to open the door and learn more about the American Dream program administered by the Bergen County Division of Community Development.

How the American Dream Program Works:

Step One:

To be considered for the American Dream program, you must:

*Live or work in Bergen County.

*Have a household income (i.e. the combined annual earnings of yourself and anyone 18 years or older who lives with you) that totals no more than 80 percent of the County’s median household income.

*Have a credit worthy track record.

*Be a first time homebuyer or not have owned a home for at least the past three years.

*Complete a homebuyer education class.

Step Two:

If you meet all of the above requirements and are approved, you will be partnered with a local bank that participates in the American Dream Program. Upon review of your financial status, the bank will pre-qualify the first mortgage amount and interest rate for you loan. The first mortgage amount will then be used to establish a maximum purchase price for your new home.

Step Three:

Second Mortgage and Down Payment Assistance from the American Dream Program.

After you have identified your new home and the final real estate contract has been negotiated, the American Dream program will provide a second mortgage of up to $40,000. This second mortgage is a non-interest bearing loan with pay back deferred until such time that you sell your home or the title is changed. Also, we will match up to $10,000 of your down payment which will become a grant after ten years. In addition to a portion of the down payment, you will also be required to have sufficient funds to pay for home purchase closing costs.

Step Four:

Type and Maximum Cost of your new home.

The new home you buy must be either a one family house or a condominium. Further, the cost of your new home cannot exceed 95% of the median home sales price in Bergen County at the time of purchase. Homes that are purchased under the program  will be subject to a Housing Quality and Standards inspection as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

For an application, call or email:

The American Dream Program

One Bergen County Plaza, 4th floor

Hackensack, NJ  07601

Phone: (201) 336-7206

Fax: (201) 336-7248


Disclaimer: This information comes directly from the American Dream pamphlet and i give them full credit for the information. Please call the American Dream program for more information on the program.



About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Bergen County American Dream Program

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the American Dream program for more information.

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