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DHCD to Release Request for Proposals on Affordable Housing Projects

Friday, July 17, 2015
Over $100 Million Available in New Funding

WASHINGTON, DC – Polly Donaldson, Director of D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced today that DHCD will be accepting project proposals this summer for over $100 million in public financing for affordable housing projects.  The official Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is published in the July 17, 2015 issue of the D.C. Register (Vol. 62/30). The Consolidated Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released on July 29, 2015, kicking off a two month application period.  Applicants will be required to submit their proposals online via DHCD’s new electronic application portal before the October 5, 2015 deadline.

DHCD is requesting proposals for projects that create new units (new construction or substantial rehabilitation of vacant buildings) reserved for households earning no more than 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) or no more than 50% of the AMI, or projects that preserve occupied affordable housing with units for households no more than 80% of AMI. For new construction and vacant rehabilitation projects, DHCD will require that at least 5% of funded units be reserved as Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for individuals and families who were once homeless and continue to be at imminent risk of homelessness.

DHCD’s Development Finance Division (DFD) will lead the project review and selection process. Funds will be available from a variety of federal and local funding sources including the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF), the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME), the 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)  funds administered by DHCD, the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA),  Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP), Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), the Annual Contributions Contract Program (ACC), and the Department of Human Services (DHS) supportive services funds for Permanent Supportive Housing.

For more information about the application process, agency priorities, and regulatory requirements for all funding sources, please visit the 2015 Online RFP page at https://goo.gl/DvyJ6R. The RFP document and relevant attachments will also be available on that page, starting July 29, 2015.

An RFP kick-off meeting will be held in the DHCD Housing Resource Center, located at 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, 1st Floor, Washington, DC 20020, on Thursday July 30, 2015, from 10am to 12pm. Please RSVP at [email protected].


The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is to create and preserve opportunities for affordable housing and economic development and to revitalize underserved communities in the District of Columbia.