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Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC

As we grow our economy, we want to ensure that every resident—regardless of color, background, or zip code—can live in Washington, DC. 


As I always say, whether you have lived in the District of Columbia for five minutes, five years or five generations you should be able to call DC your home. To this end, I have made historic investments in affordable housing, homeownership programs and housing preservation.


And that’s also why I launched Roots to Roofs to highlight housing programs for DC residents. Here we also celebrate our residents who proudly have put their roots down here for generations – or want to in the future.


Our strength is in our roots. Let’s put a roof on it.

Upcoming Events

AUG 14 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Reverse Mortgage Refresher Workshop

AUG 21 | 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Understanding Credit

AUG 23 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Pre-purchase Orientation

AUG 15 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Foreclosure Prevention Clinic

AUG 15 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

DC Opens Doors Homebuyers Seminar

AUG 29 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Foreclosure Prevention Clinic

AUG 16 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Pre-purchase Orientation

AUG 30 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Pre-purchase Orientation

AUG 16 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Foreclosure Prevention Clinic

AUG 30 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Inclusionary Zoning Orientation

AUG 21 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Reverse Mortgage Refresher Workshop

Housing Programs in the District

FOR RENTAL HOUSING SOLUTIONS

Rent Payment Assistance

Visit online or call (202) 535-1000

Public Housing

Visit online or call (202) 535-1000

IF YOU ARE AT RISK OF BECOMING HOMELESS

Homeless and Homeless Prevention Services, Transitional Housing

Visit online or call (202) 671-4200

FIND AVAILABLE HOMES FOR PURCHASE OR RENT

DCHousingSearch.org

Visit online

Inclusionary zoning and affordable dwelling units

Visit online

ASSISTANCE FOR HOUSING REPAIRS & UPDATES

Home Repair Program for Health, Safety and Accessibility Issues

Visit online or call (202) 442-7200

Protection from Lead Paint Health Hazards

Visit online or call (202) 442-7200

Foreclosure Assistance

Visit online or call (202) 777-1600

FOR CURRENT HOMEOWNER FINANCING ASSISTANCE

Help with Delinquent Property Related Expenses

Visit online or call (202) 777-1600

EMERGENCY HOUSING

Emergency Housing for Tenants

Visit online or call (202) 719-6560

Emergency Shelter for Homeless

Visit online or call (202) 719-6560

Aging in Place, Home Accessibility Upgrades

Visit online or call (202) 638-0050

FOR VETERANS

FOR SENIORS

Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs

Visit online or call (202) 724-7117

FINANCING ASSISTANCE TO PURCHASE A HOME

Loans and Closing Costs Assistance: 

Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP)

Visit online or call (202) 442-7200

Loans and Down Payment Assistance:

DC Opens Doors

Visit online or call (202) 777-1600

Program for District Government Employees

Visit online or call (202) 442-7200

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

Jessica Franklin, a Ward 8 resident, joined a homebuyer’s club that set her on a path to become a first-time homeowner. 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) to buy a three bedroom, two and one-half bathroom townhome in Southeast.

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. 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.

Angel Thompson was determined to use every resource available to purchase her first home.

By participating in the three DHCD housing programs (HPAP, the Inclusionary Zoning Program (IZ), and the Property Acquisition and Disposition Division) 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.

Mr. Corey Muldowney learned that there were Inclusionary Zoning units for rent in the apartment building where his job occupies retail space in Ward 1. 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. “I tell everyone about the (Inclusionary Zoning) program. It gave me an opportunity to live where I work.”

Andrea Sumner is a District Government Employee who used the District Government's Home Purchase Assistance Program and Employer-Assisted Housing Program to purchase her home in 2017.

Juanda Smith used the District Government's Home Purchase Assistance Program over 30 years ago to purchase her current cooperative

Watch Our Stories

Chelsey Kelly, shares how thanks to DCOpensDoors, she bought her first home in Southwest.


Robert Cook notes there are a wealth of resources—he used the District Government's Home Purchase Assistance Program--to buy his Brookland home—to help first-time homeowners establish roots in the District.

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