The State of New York Mortgage Agency, more commonly referred to as SONYMA, is a public authority that was established in the year 1970 in an attempt to provide reasonable and affordable home-ownership opportunities to low and moderate income New Yorkers, especially to first time home buyers.
The Down Payment Assistance Loan Program aims to assist first time home buyers in the process of securing their down payment and closing costs through the acquisition of a second mortgage plan which can be used simultaneously with any available SONYMA first time home buyer program.
Since then, SONYMA has been successfully offering mortgage programs as well as mortgage credit certificates that will assist first time home buyers in the process of purchasing a house in the State of New York.
In line with this, The State of New York Mortgage Agency has been running the Down Payment Assistance Loan Program (DPAL) wherein it intends to help first time home buyers overcome the setbacks brought about by down payments and closing costs.
Admittedly, two of the major hurdles that an individual faces when buying a home are the down payment and closing costs. Down payments, as defined in the SONYMA glossary, is the "part of the purchase price of a property that the buyer pays in cash and does not finance with a mortgage."