If you live in Cumberland County or want to live in Cumberland County, you might be able to take advantage of the Cumberland County HOME Consortium “HOMEPORT” Program for single family, first time home buyers. This program allows low and moderate income persons and families affordable finance assistance for existing housing rehabilitation, first time home buyers and new construction. The cash down payment requirement is 1% of purchase price or $1000.00, whichever is greater. The city of Portland’s division of Housing and Neighborhood Services will administer the HOME Consortium for all of Cumberland County. You will be required to attend home ownership training classes prior to approaching the City or a participating lender. The course schedules can be found at www.maine homeworks.org. Contact Mary Davis at 207-874-8698 or MPD@portlandmaine.gov. for full details and application process.