WAUSAU — Down payment assistance is available for qualifying home buyers who are interested in buying a home within Wausau city limits.

Live It Up Wausau is a partnership established in 2016 between the city and participating employers that provides no-interest loans to qualified home buyers. To date, the program has partnered with 20 local businesses and has provided 11 new homeowners a total of more than $130,000, according to a city of Wausau news release.

The program aims to help local businesses attract and retain workers.

A list of businesses partnering with the city, along with details on how to sign up for the program, can be found at www.liveitupwausau.com. For additional details, call Terra Plaisance, community development specialist, at 715-261-6679 or email terra.plaisance@ci.wausau.wi.us.

Tax deductible donations can be made toward the program payable to the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin online at www.cfoncw.org.