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Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP)

The Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP) provides assistance to employees of the District of Columbia Government who are purchasing a home in the District for the first time.  The EAHP funded property must be owner occupied and the employee’s primary residence.  Employees of District government agencies may be eligible for matching down payment funds up to $1,500 and a deferred loan of up to $10,000 to be used towards the purchase of a single family home, condominium or cooperative unit located in the District of Columbia. The maximum allowable purchase price is $625,500.

In addition, applicants who apply and qualify for the program receive additional tax incentives. An income tax credit of $2,000 beginning in the tax year of purchase for a total of five tax years. A real property tax credit based on a sliding scale; 80% credit for the first year, 60% credit for the second year, 40% credit for the third year, 20% credit for the fourth year; and  20% credit for the fifth year.

These tax benefits are only available to DC Government employees who receive an EAHP loan and/or grant. Applicants who do not utilize the loan/grant program or who already own property in the District are not eligible for these tax incentives. In order to retain these tax credits, applicants must remain employed and in good standing with the DC Government. If the borrower ceases to be employed by the DC Government or moves out of the property within the first five years of owning the property they will be disqualified for both credits.

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