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DHCD's Development Finance Division provides funding to assist with the development of community and commercial facilities that serve District of Columbia neighborhoods. These facilities include community office buildings, clinics, day care centers and recreation centers.

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Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) are eligible for certain set-aside funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program (which is governed by federal regulations at 24 C.F.R. Part 92). 

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The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provides funding to highly qualified Community-Based Non-Profit Organizations (CBOs) that support the agency’s affordable housing and community development programs in the following areas: 

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What will the next five years look like regarding the administration’s vision of an affordable, livable, growing D.C.? DHCD is in the process of mapping that out in its FY2016-FY2020 Consolidated Plan, due out later this year.

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Informing tenants of their rights. 


Mayor Bowser has convened a DC Housing Preservation Strike Force to preserve existing affordable housing options in the District. 

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DHCD's Development Finance Division (DFD) provides funding for the development of rental, homeownership and community facility developments that serve District of Columbia neighborhoods.

The District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA) promotes affordable rental housing by maintaining the affordable status of existing affordable rental units as well as increasing the total number of affordable rental units within the District.

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The Employer-Assisted Housing Program (EAHP) offers eligible District government employees a deferred, 0% interest loan and a matching funds grant for down payment and closing costs to purchase their first single family home, condominium, or cooperative unit in the District.

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DHCD provides information about fair housing issues. 

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Fair Housing Complaints
File a Fair Housing Complaint
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Fair Housing Responsibilities of CDBG and HOME Funds Subrecipients

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Foreclosure Prevention Resources

DHCD provides counseling services for homeowners who are behind in their mortgage payments, or who are subject to foreclosure.

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This program provides interest-free loans to purchase single family houses, condos and co-ops.

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DHCD provides homeownership opportunities to District of Columbia low-to-moderate income residents who are first time homebuyers.

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Housing and Condominium Regulation covers many topics, including:

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Our partner network of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) provides counseling services and training to tenants, potential homeowners, and current homeowners.

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DHCD Community-Based Non-Profit Organizations (CBO) provide housing counseling services and training to potential homeowners, current homeowners, and tenants, focusing on low-to-moderate income residents and neighborhoods.

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The Housing Provider Ombudsman (HPO) helps small housing providers better understand the District of Columbia’s housing laws. The HPO is available to help in the following ways: