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 $40,000 in financial assistance to purchase single-family houses, condominiums and cooperative apartments. HPAP funds can be used for down payment and/or closing costs. The HPAP Purchase Assistance is in the form of low interest 5 year deferred loan.
Loan amounts are determined by a combination of factors, including income, household size, and the amount of assets that an applicant can commit toward the purchase price of a home. In addition, all loan recipients are required to maintain their properties in compliance with D.C. Housing Codes.
HPAP Fact Sheet
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has implemented changes to our Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) that will better enable low-to-moderate income residents to purchase a home in the District.
Qualified applicants can receive financial assistance for down payment and closing costs to purchase single-family houses, condominiums or cooperative units.
Are You Eligible?
To be eligible for HPAP assistance, you must meet the following criteria:
Be the head of the household and a first-time homebuyer.
Be a low-to-moderate income resident, based on the Department’s standards.
Cannot have had ownership interest in any residential real estate within the three years prior to application.
The purchased home must be the borrower’s primary residence and must be located within the District of Columbia.
Possess a good credit rating.
Applications are prioritized based on the following:
low-income, elderly, handicapped, disabled or displaced District residents
other District residents
non-residents who have been employed in the District for one year prior to application
non-residents who have lived in the District for three years as an adult
Please note: District residents will always be the priority for HPAP assistance. Non-resident applications will be accepted, but only processed for eligibility at times when there are no pending applications from District residents.
How much assistance is available?
Effective January 16, 2009 and until further notice, the total amount of financial assistance for down payment provided to very low-, low-, and moderate-income eligible households shall not exceed $40,000 based upon household income, need, the availability of funds, and prevailing trends in the real estate market. Closing cost assistance is provided separately, and will be calculated for eligible households to be 4% of the home purchase price or $4,000, whichever is less.
How much will I need to contribute to qualify?
HPAP recipients contribute $500 or 50% of liquid assets greater than $3,000, whichever is greater. For very low- and low-income applicants, the contribution in excess of five hundred dollars ($500) may be waived by the Director where there is demonstrated need and the applicant is elderly, handicapped, disabled, or displaced.
How is the loan repaid?
Payment on loans made to any income-eligible household under this program are deferred for the first five years. Monthly principal-only payments begin at the start of the sixth year of the loan, amortized over a 40-year period.
The entire amount of the loan is immediately due and payable if:
the borrower transfers the property,
the property is refinanced (unless the refinance meets certain conditions), or
the property ceases to be the borrower's principal place of residence.