First-Time Homebuyer Program


The Center's First-Time Homebuyer Workshops fill up quickly each month. We do not maintain a waitlist so if the workshop you want to attend is full please visit to find another workshop at another agency.

The Center is a HUD-approved agency approved to offer a Homebuyer Education Certificate, which allows graduates to participate in affordable housing programs such as the down payment assistance programs and below market rate (BMR) ownership opportunities available through the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD).

Getting a Homebuyer Education Certificate at the LGBT Center

To obtain this certificate, participants must attend either the Basics of Budgeting and Saving, or Managing Credit and Debt.  If you’re able, we recommend taking both classes as they have complementary information.  In addition, participants must take the Nuts and Bolts of Buying a Home; and receive two hours of one-on-one individual counseling. You can schedule a counseling appointment after you have completed the workshops by emailing

We now offer an optional homebuyers orientation session to learn about SF Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development programs available to first-time homebuyers. Although it does NOT count as credit towards the 6-hour education requirement for the certificate program, it is highly recommended.

For the months of August and September we will be holding only ONE six-hour workshop that will count as the sole workshop requirement for obtaining the certificate. You would still need to receive the two hours of one-on-one individual counseling following the workshop in order to receive the certificate.

To register for orientations or workshops please visit link below:

First Time Homebuyer Orientation  (2hrs)

First Time Homebuyer Workshop (6hrs)



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Financial Services