Rules related to affordable housing and community development programs that are administered by the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) may originate on the federal level of government. Examples include:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) program funds from HUD.
- The National Housing Trust Fund from HUD.
- The federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program under the federal tax code.