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Housing Counselor Meeting with Potential Homeowners

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:

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The Housing Regulation Administration provides many housing resources and services for DC residents. 

Administering and regulating facets of the District’s rental housing and condominium laws.

The Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Regulation Administration (HRA) administers and regulates facets of the District’s rental housing and condominium laws.

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The DHCD Housing Resource Center is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. In addition, residents can access DCHousingSearch.org from the DHCD Housing Resource Center.

HUD Section 3 Program information

HUD Section 3 Program requires that recipients of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.

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Inclusionary Zoning requires affordable units to be set aside in new development projects.

Lead Safe Washington Program (LSW) Program Information

Lead Safe Washington’s (LSW) primary goal is to create lead safe affordable housing for low-to-moderate income families with children under the age of six.

Negotiated Employee Assistance Home Purchase Program (NEAHP) Information
Negotiated Employee Assistance Home Purchase Program grant (NEAHP)  provides down payments and closing costs assistance to use towards the purchase of primary residence in DC.
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Rental Housing Commission (RHC) Procedures for Processing Rent Control Appeals
Program Compliance Information
Program Compliance Information

To ensure that programs and funding recipients serve District residents as desired, DHCD conducts appropriate oversight. 

Property Acquisition and Disposition Information
Property Acquisition and Disposition

Stabilizing neighborhoods, decreasing the number of vacant and abandoned residential properties to transform into homeownership.

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Providing renters, current income & rent limits, and tax credit information.

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Rent Control

Informing tenants of their rent stabilization and eviction protection rights.

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DHCD serves District residents through enforcement of the Rental Housing Act of 1985, as amended, in order to preserve and increase the supply of quality affordable housing. The Rental Housing Commission (RHC) is charged with enforcement of the Act.

Residential and Community Services Programs Information

Residential and Community Services Programs providing comprehensive housing counseling services, small business technical assistance and façade improvement opportunities.

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This program provides loans and grants that help homeowners meet DC building codes. 

Site Acquisition Funding Initiative (SAFI) Information

The Site Acquisition Funding Initiative (SAFI) provides assistance costs to nonprofit developers committed to the production, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable housing.

Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) information

Through Community Based Non-Profit Organizations (CBOs), the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provides business support services to small and retail businesses in eligible commercial areas in the District of Columbia.