Here is an article I found that helped an administrative assistant become a first-time homeowner and her employer helped to pay for it.
For some homeowners it pays to walk to work, is about a company in the States who promote living close to the workplace and they are prepared to put down the money to prove it. There are conditions, but if you meet the criteria they will give you money for a down payment.
Their incentive is to have workers living close to work for availability but also they feel that having responsible homeowners in the area will help clean up the neighbourhoods surrounding the workplace.
What they don’t mention in the article is that it also promotes walking to work which is good exercise and not using a vehicle to get to work which is a “green” thing to do.