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The District of Columbia is home to generations of families, individuals, changemakers, hard workers, and thousands of transplants from all over the nation and world.


Our shared tie? The pursuit of joy, prosperity, equality and purpose – and a District of Columbia address.

 

Here, we celebrate our residents, and highlight housing programs so that everyone can call DC home.

Reginald Izlar felt as a renter that the money he earned working for the District government the past 12 years was being thrown down a bottomless pit. Homeownership, he thought, offered him an opportunity to have something he could call his own. In the summer of 2017, he became a first-time homeowner.


Izlar, a District native who grew up in the Ward 6 neighborhood of Hill East, purchased a newly renovated three bedroom, two bathroom townhome in the Bellvue neighborhood.


Through HPAP, Izlar was able to receive more than $65,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance as a first-time home buyer. He also received an additional $10,000 as a participant in the Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP) for city government employees. “It helped,” he said. “It helped a lot!”

Jessica Franklin wanted more for her family and grew tired of renting. She joined a homebuyer’s club that set her on a path to become a first-time homeowner. Recently, she accomplished her goal. 


Franklin, a Ward 8 resident, bought a three bedroom, two and one-half bathroom townhome in Southeast. 


The homebuyer’s club helped her receive more than $81,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance through the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP).

Higher HPAP Limits Help
First-Time Homebuyer

District Native Gets First Home Thanks to Purchase Assistance

Loans and Down Payment Assistance:

DC Opens Doors

Visit online or call (202) 777-1600

FOR RENTAL HOUSING SOLUTIONS

Emergency Housing for Tenants

Visit online or call (202) 719-6560

Rent Payment Assistance

Visit online or call (202) 535-1000

FOR CURRENT HOMEOWNER FINANCING ASSISTANCE

Public Housing

Visit online or call (202) 535-1000

FOR SENIORS

IF YOU ARE AT RISK OF BECOMING HOMELESS

Housing Programs in the District

Homeless and Homeless Prevention Services, Transitional Housing

Visit online or call (202) 671-4200

Aging in Place, Home Accessibility Upgrades

Visit online or call (202) 638-0050

IF YOU NEED FINANCING ASSISTANCE TO PURCHASE A HOME

To search for housing by type and price, visit dchousingsearch.org

 

You can also visit the DHCD Housing Resource Center for help in your housing search:


Visit online or call (202) 442-9505.

8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, in Washington, DC 

 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Email us at rootstoroofs@dc.gov

Foreclosure Assistance

Visit online or call (202) 777-1600

TO FIND AVAILABLE HOMES FOR PURCHASE OR RENT

Help with Delinquent Property Related Expenses

Visit online or call (202) 777-1600

DCHousingSearch.org

Visit online

EMERGENCY HOUSING

Inclusionary zoning and affordable dwelling units

Visit online

Emergency Shelter for Homeless

Visit online or call (202) 719-6560

FOR VETERANS

FOR HOUSING REPAIRS & UPDATES

Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs

Visit online or call (202) 724-7117

Home Repair Program for Health, Safety and Accessibility Issues

Visit online or call (202) 442-7200

Loans and Closing Costs Assistance: 

Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP)

Visit online or call (202) 442-7200

Protection from Lead Paint Health Hazards

Visit online or call (202) 442-7200

Program for District Government Employees

Visit online or call (202) 442-7200

Inclusionary Zoning Provided an Opportunity to Live Near Work

Angel Thompson was determined to use every resource available to purchase her first home. Still, she needed a little luck to beat the odds.


Thompson successfully completed two DHCD programs to help prepare her for homeownership: HPAP and the Inclusionary Zoning Program (IZ). 


In June, DHCD held a lottery to purchase a two-story townhome rehabilitated through its Property Acquisition and Disposition Division (PADD) in the Shaw neighborhood. The lottery entrants were comprised of participants from both the HPAP and IZ programs. 


Luckily, Thompson had her name pulled from all the entrants. By participating in the three DHCD housing programs, she was able to live in the District and purchase an affordable home in a well-established community. She praised the DHCD staff that helped make it happen. “Thank you for all your hard work,” she said. 

Three's the Charm in Helping Resident Become Homeowner

Originally from North Carolina, Mr. Corey Muldowney got a job in the District and was living with friends because he could not afford housing in the District on his own income.


He learned that there were Inclusionary Zoning units for rent in the apartment building where his job occupies retail space. As the only member of his household, he was able to rent a junior one bedroom right above his job with the relief that he could actually afford his rent. 


He moved into his Inclusionary Zoning apartment, located in Ward 1, in March 2016. “I tell everyone about this program. It gave me an opportunity to live where I work. It’s (Inclusionary Zoning) really a great program.”

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"We are happy and satisfied that our prayers of being homeowners have been answered. We won’t be priced out of the market and can afford to stay in DC thanks to HPAP."

“Thank God for the DCHFA HomeSavers program. My representative Miss Carr and Vicki at Answer Title were very patient. After losing a job that I had for 22 years, this was a really a blessing!”

– Homesaver client

– Lurden Martinez de Saturria, HPAP client 

Roots To Roofs Upcoming Events

DCHFA Lender’s Fair

815 Florida Ave NW

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

First Time Homebuyer’s Workshop hosted by Marshall Heights Community Development Organization

3939 Benning Rd, NE

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Jun 23

Jun 25

Affordable Housing Strategies hosted by Marshall Heights Community Development Organization 

3939 Benning Rd, NE

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Jun 30

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