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DHCD - Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

For what projects are Community Development Block Grant funds used?

The Department of Housing and Community Development receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG funds can be used for housing development, residential rehabilitation, economic development, and public services that directly relate to housing or physical community revitalization.

What is the difference between DHCD and HUD?

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is a local government agency; and US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a federal agency. However, both agencies are committed to increasing housing and community development opportunities. DHCD receives 95 percent of its funding from HUD, and the funds are primarily used to benefit low and moderate-income residents. For more information about HUD, visit the agency’s Website at www.hud.gov.

Does DHCD provide first-time homebuyers financial assistance?

First-time homebuyers can receive financial assistance from the Home Purchase Assistance Program and other related DHCD programs.  The programs provide assistance to qualified residents, which enable them to purchase houses, condominiums, or cooperative apartments.

Home Repair Programs

Through the Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program, the Senior Citizen Home Repair and Improvement Program, and the Handicapped Access Improvements Program, the Department of Housing and Community Development offers grants and low-cost financing to residents who wish to repair their homes. 

Obtain Subsidized Housing

The DC Housing Authority is responsible for offering subsidized housing to DC residents. Contact the agency at (202) 535-1500.

Receive A Copy of DHCD Reports

To receive a copy of a DHCD report, contact the Department of Housing and Community Development at (202) 442-7200 or Ask the Director.

Other FAQs

Affordable Dwelling Units

Inclusionary Zoning

Leadsafe Washington for Homeowners

Leadsafe Washington for Landlords

Leadsafe Washington for Renters

Request for Proposals