On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the Mayor and DHCD hosted the Fifth Annual DC Housing Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event amassed approximately 2,000 attendees, including DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who visited workshops and over 75 exhibitors to learn about the various housing resources available to DC residents, and some even began preparing for homeownership.
The event climaxed with the DHCD Housing Lottery, which resulted in DC residents Christina Brown and George Adeoye-Jumbo being selected to purchase two newly renovated homes at 50% of the appraised value. Both properties are located in the NE quadrant of city.
“The Mayor has put the taxpayers’ monies where his mouth is and allotted $100M for affordable housing in the District and we are doing everything in our power to put the funds to good use and hit the goal of having 10,000 new or renovated units in the city by 2020,” said DHCD Public Information Officer/Communications Director Marcus A. Williams. “We know that the expensive new properties might be catching everyone’s eye but please know that we are doing everything we can to make sure there are nice affordable options for those DC residents with modest incomes who want to live in and enjoy the vibrancy of the city.”
DHCD has a variety of programs and services for housing and community development. A few of the highlights include; Home Purchase Assistance Program Enhancement (HPAP) to assist in purchasing you first home and Single Family Rehabilitation to assist low-income households and seniors in addressing code violations in the homes, and the Lead Safe Washington initiative to remediate lead based paint from homes and prevent lead poisoning for children under the age of 6.
Excerpts from Washington Informer article (published June 2013) recapping the housing expo
Areas of Interest
DHCD 5th Annual DC Housing Expo Photo Collage
5th Annual Housing Expo Photos
DHCD Recap: 5th Annual Housing Expo
DC Housing Expo House Drawing Disposition Hearing
Washington Post: DC Housing Expo Offers Assistance
The Pursuit of a Home for 50% Off
2013 Home Supplement