Housing Section

In an effort to provide affordable housing opportunities in Hanford and to preserve the existing neighborhoods in our community, the City of Hanford offers the following housing programs:

First-Time Homebuyers Program
The HOME Sweet Home First-time Homebuyers Program offers qualified first-time homebuyers the opportunity to borrow up to $75,000 for down payment and/or closing costs to purchase a newly constructed or existing home within the Hanford city limits. This program offers a 30-year loan with deferred payments (meaning no payment due) for the entirety of the loan term. The loan carries a 2% fixed interest rate and is secured by a second Deed of Trust.  Staff currently maintains an interest list for this program.  

Home Sweet Home Interest Form - English
Home Sweet Home Interest Form - Spanish

Emergency Repair Program
The City of Hanford Emergency Repair Program is designed to assist low- to moderate-income persons make emergency/minor repairs, disability-accessibility modifications to their home. Emergency repairs are those repairs which are necessary to safeguard against imminent danger to human life, health and safety, or to protect property from further structural damage. Grants up to $10,000 are available to qualifying homeowners. Staff currently maintains an interest list for this program.  

ERP Pre-Application - English
ERP Pre-Application - Spanish

Water Utility Payment Assistance Program
The City is pleased to announce that the Water Utility Assistance Program is now accepting
applications for accounts in delinquent status and facing interruption of their services. Funds
are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program provides lowand very low- income families with a one-time payment of $500 toward their City of Hanford
utility account. Residential utility customers only are eligible.

Water Utility Assistance Guidelines - English
Water Utility Assistance Guidelines - Spanish
Water Utility Assistance Application - English
Water Utility Assistance Application - Spanish


The above-mentioned programs are targeted to Hanford's very low- to moderate-income families and are subject to the availability of program funds. For additional program information, brochures, or applications contact the City's Housing Staff Roberta Monzelli at (559) 585-2587 or Sandra Lerma-Martinez at (559) 585-4766, or feel free to stop by the city offices located at 317 N. Douty Street. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For TDD/TYY Dial 711.

The city offers Spanish-speaking personnel for the needs of the community.