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Housing DC | Resident Resources

Do you have housing needs? 

We compiled resources from across the District for homeowners, tenants, buyers, and developers. 

If you have immediate housing needs or are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, contact the Department of Human Services (DHS) shelter hotline at (202) 399-7093. 

If you have housing needs, contact DHCD:

1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE Washington DC 20020
Phone: (202) 442-7200
Email: [email protected] for more information
 
If you are a potential homeowner, current homeowner, or tenant and need assistance with foreclosure prevention, credit counseling, home budget management, homebuyers clubs or relocation services, please contact a DHCD Community-Based Non-Profit.
 
If you are facing a housing emergency due to fire, flood, or government closures, call the Office of the Tenant Advocate.
 
2000 14th Street, NW Suite 300N, Washington DC 20009
Phone: (202) 719-6560

 

If you need additional housing support, please contact the District of Columbia Housing Authority and the DC Housing Finance Agency

Keep scrolling to learn more about the District's housing resources and don't forget to check out RootstoRoofsdc.com for more resources and events. 


Resources for Homeowners

Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP)

About: HPAP provides interest-free loans and closing cost assistance to qualified applicants to purchase single family homes, condominiums, or cooperative units. 

Eligibility: Find out if you are an eligible applicant here

Application: If you're eligible and interested in applying, please contact a Housing Counseling Community Based Organization here

Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP)

About: EAHP offers eligible District government employees a deferred 0% interest loan and a matching funds for down payment and closing costs to purchase their first single family home purchase in the District. 

Eligibility: Find out if you are an eligible applicant here.

Application: If you’re eligible and interested in applying, please contact a Community Based Organization here.

DC Open Doors

About: DC Open Doors offers competitive interest rates and lower mortgage insurance costs. 

Eligibility: Find out if you are an eligible applicant here

Application: If you're eligible and interested in applying, contact a participating HFA lender here

Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC)

About: Qualified borrowers have the ability to claim a Federal Tax Credit of 20% of the mortgage interest paid during each calendar year.

Eligibility: Find out if you are an eligible applicant here

Reverse Mortgage Insurance & Tax Payment Program (ReMIT)

About: ReMIT assists homeowners in the District who are at risk of foreclosure due to property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and certain property related expenses. 

Eligibility: Find out if you are an eligible applicant here.

Foreclosure Prevention Resources

About: DHCD and community-based organizations provide counseling services for homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments, or who are subject to foreclosure. 

Resources: If interested or in need of immediate assistance, review a list of resources here.

HomeSaver

About: HomeSaver is a foreclosure prevention program that assists unemployed and underemployed homeowners on their mortgage payments. 

Eligibility: Find out if you are an eligible applicant here

Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program

About: Assists homeowners with physical repairs and threats to health and safety, helps alleviate DC building code violations, and eliminates barriers to persons with mobility or other physical challenges. 

Eligibility: Find out if you are an eligible applicant here.


Resources for Tenants 

DC Housing Search

About: The District offers a free affordable housing listing and search engine, where you can find everything from accessible homes to affordable rental and for-sale homes. 

Eligibility: Find out if you are eligible and interested in properties here

Inclusionary Zoning Affordable Housing Lottery (IZ)

About: Renters and homeowners meeting specific income restrictions are eligible to enter a lottery to be placed in affordable rental or for-sale units.

Eligibility: Find out if you are an eligible applicant here.

Application: Applicants must take an IZ orientation with a partner community-based organization and register for the program here

Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP)

About: The HCVP helps low- and moderate-income residents find and afford housing by providing vouchers to allow participants pay rent in privately owned properties around the city. 

Eligibility: Find out if you are an eligible applicant here

Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA)

About: tenants in buildings up for sale must be offered the first opportunity to buy the building. 

Eligibility: Find out if you are an eligible applicant here.

Application: If you’re eligible and interested in applying, please contact (202) 442-4407

District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA)

About: DOPA requires rental property owners to provide the District with the opportunity to purchase housing accommodations consisting of five or more rental units, as long as 25 percent or more of those rental units are deemed affordable. Learn more about the DOPA process and sale here.

Public Housing

About: The District has more than 8,000 public housing units, serving 20,000 residents. Learn more about Public Housing properties here.

Housing Assistance Payment Program

About: Available to tenants who are eligible for financial assistance if they are displaced because their apartment building is converted to a condominium or cooperative.


Resources for Developers

If you are a developer and interested in learning more about the District’s Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs), Community Facility Planning, Inclusionary Zoning, Program Compliance or more, visit DHCD here.

Other programs advancing housing in the District 

DHCD administers programs on rental conversions and sales. Learn more about these programs here.