Housing and Community Development

Derek McDaniels, Director of Housing
202-265-8200, Ext. 242
dmcdaniels@gwul.org

The Greater Washington Urban League’s Housing Division builds financial

bridges from rental housing to the American dream of homeownership and stability for families in metropolitan Washington. It also conducts programs throughout the year on financial literacy for youth and adults to help them understand resource investment and wealth accumulation, two things that move generations of families from poverty to economic security.  The Housing Division offers homebuyer education workshops. Participants learn about applying for a loan, preparing a budget, and resolving credit problems. For more information on homebuyer education workshops, call the Homebuyer Counseling Center at (301) 985-3519.

 Our programs include:

     The Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) enables lower-and moderate-income individuals and families to purchase affordable housing in Washington, D.C. Qualified HPAP applicants can receive up to $54,000 in financial assistance to purchase single-family houses, condominiums and cooperative apartments. HPAP funds can be used for acquisition assistance and/or closing costs. The HPAP Acquisition Assistance is in the form of 0 interest 5 year deferred loan.

 The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is designed to assist District of Columbia residences who are facing housing crises that result in homelessness or presents an imminent risk of homelessness by providing emergency rental assistance to eligible low-income families, elderly individuals aged 60 or older, disabled adults and adults who are non-elderly, non-disabled and without minor children. Emergency Rental Assistance payments are for rental arrearages, security/damage deposits and/or first month’s rent.

     Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program: The primary purpose is to assist residents of the District with addressing much needed home repair problems such as: leaky roofs, holes in walls, lead-based paint hazards and handicap accessibility for persons with mobility or other physical impairments.

     Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program: The primary purpose of this program is to allow residents of the District of Columbia who are income eligible to purchase or rent housing at below market prices. Income eligible households must attend an Inclusionary Zoning Orientation at GWUL AND register for the IZ lottery on the DC DHCD website.

     Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) Counseling, Training and Certification: (By Referral Only) This program allows eligible low-to-moderate income home buyers to purchase homes at below market rates.  GWUL’s counselors will verify income and/or eligibility for the Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) program.

     Lead Safe Washington provides lead hazard abatement grants of up to $17,500 per housing unit to property owners and landlords. Lead Safe Washington also assists with unit testing to determine whether there is a lead safety hazard in a home and provides a stipend and financial assistance to tenants temporarily displaced by a lead hazard abatement project.

     Foreclosure Counseling provides One-on-One counseling to clients who are in need of assistance with their mortgage. We offer advice and services to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. We review their mortgages, finances and discuss options that may be available.

     Credit and Homeownership Counseling provides counseling to individuals who are in need of credit repair and or plan to purchase a home. Homeownership counseling can be offered through a 8 hour workshop or a one-on-one counseling session. Credit counseling can be offered through a 2-hour workshop or a one-on-one counseling session.

Housing Forms

NEGOTIATED EMPLOYEE AFFORDABLE HOME PURCHASE PROGRAM (NEAHP)

203K STREAMLINE PROGRAM

E-FAX COVER TRANSMITTAL SHEET FOR HPAP CONTRACT SUBMISSION

HPAP/EAHP ELIGIBILITY AND UNDERWRITING GUIDELINES

LENDER'S PACKAGE CHECKLIST

HPAP/EAHP SALES CONTRACT ADDENDUM

HPAP NON-ALLOWABLE FEES  (GUIDELINES FOR SETTLEMENT AGENICIES, LENDERS & REALTORS)

LEAD DISCLOSURE FORM

District of Columbia HUD Approved Inspector/HUD Approved 203K Consultant (also an Inspector)

HUD INSPECTORS LINK 1

HUD INSPECTORS LINK 2

Our offices are handicapped accessible.

Washington, D.C.
2901 14th, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-265-8200
HCD@gwul.org

Prince George's County, Maryland
1401 Mercantile Lane
Suite 251
Largo, Md 20774
301-985-3519
emelybonaparte@gwul.org