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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 first-time homebuyers in the District. 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.

In addition, applicants who apply and qualify for the program receive additional income tax and property tax credits.

About EAHP

The Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP) provides assistance to employees of the District of Columbia Government who are first-time homebuyers in the District. 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. The maximum allowable purchase price is $417,000.

In addition, applicants who apply and qualify for the program receive additional tax incentives:
  • An annual tax credit of $2,000 against income tax liability for five years.
  • A real property tax credit based on the following 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
    - 20% credit for the fifth year
These tax benefits are only available to DC Government employees who receive a 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, the borrower will be disqualified for both credits.

Employee Eligibility

DC Government employees include the personnel at all DC Government agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department and DC Public Schools, and employees at DC public charter schools. DC Government employees must be employed in good standing for one year to qualify, with the exception of public school and public charter school teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical technicians, who are eligible at the time of appointment. Applicants can receive funding from HPAP, EAHP and NEAHP as long as the eligibility requirements for all programs are met.

How to Apply

To apply for HPAP assistance, please contact one of the following organizations:

Housing Counseling Services
2410 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-7006

Latino Economic Development Corporation
2316 18th Street NW.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-5102

Lydia’s House
3939 South Capitol Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 373-1050

University Legal Services
1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 889-2196

University Legal Services
220 I Street, NE, Suite 130
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 547-4747

University Legal Services - Far NE
Lloyd E. Smith Center
3939 Benning Road, NE
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 396-1201

Program Process

Interested applicants must contact one of the Community Based Organizations (CBO) listed to make an appointment to complete an application. The CBO will forward the completed application to the Greater Washington Urban League, Inc. (GWUL), who processes the applications on behalf of the District. GWUL will review the application and determine eligibility and issue to the applicant a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) if he or she is eligible. The NOE will outline the maximum amount of assistance available and the steps to follow that will lead you to homeownership.

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