Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. Government Employer-Assisted Housing Program.


§ 42–2501. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) “Agency” means the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency.

(2) “Agreement” means the housing allowance agreement required, pursuant to § 42-2504, to be entered into between a Participant and the District of Columbia government.

(3) “Deferred payment loan” means funds made available to Participants in the Program by the District to assist with the purchase of housing units and for which payment of the principal is deferred until the property is sold, transferred, or otherwise ceases to be the principal residence of the Participant.

(4) “Department” means the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development.

(4A) "First-responder" means a District of Columbia police officer, correctional officer, firefighter, paramedic, or emergency medical technician, or an individual who has accepted an offer of employment as a District of Columbia police officer, correctional officer, firefighter, paramedic, or emergency medical technician.

(5) “First-time homebuyer” means a purchaser who has no ownership interest in a principal residence at any time during the 3-year period ending on the date of the application for assistance, but includes an applicant who has divorced or separated during the 3-year period where a formal settlement did not convey an ownership interest in a principal residence which had been jointly owned.

(6) “Household” means all of the persons living in a housing unit.

(7) “Housing unit” means any room or group of rooms forming a single-family residential unit, including a semi-detached condominium, cooperative, or semi-detached or detached home that is used or intended to be used for living, sleeping, and the preparation and eating of meals by human occupants.

(8) “Matching contribution” means those funds made available to Participants in the Program by the District to assist the Participants in saving toward a down payment.

(9) “Participant” means a person who has applied to the Program and who has met the eligibility requirements set forth in § 42-2503.

(10) “Program” means the District of Columbia Government Employer-Assisted Housing Program established pursuant to § 42-2502.


(May 9, 2000, D.C. Law 13-96, § 2, 47 DCR 1081; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 2012(a), 64 DCR 7652.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2012(a) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2012(a) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 2 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-188, December 1, 1999, 46 DCR 10407).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 2 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-258, February 9, 2000, 47 DCR 1124).

Editor's Notes

Section 11 of D.C. Law 13-96 provided: “This act shall apply as of October 1, 1997.”


§ 42–2502. Establishment.

There is established within the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development a District of Columbia Government Employer-Assisted Housing Program to assist District of Columbia government employees to become homeowners in the District. The Program shall include:

(1) A District contribution toward a down payment pursuant to § 42-2504;

(2) A deferred payment loan of up to $20,000 pursuant to § 42-2505

(3) Agency single-family mortgage financing for qualified applicants pursuant to this chapter; and

(4) A grant of up to $10,000, for first-responders pursuant to § 42-2505.01.


(May 9, 2000, D.C. Law 13-96, § 3, 47 DCR 1081; Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-111, § 7011, 57 DCR 181; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 2012(b), 64 DCR 7652.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 42-2501.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-111 substituted “There” for “Subject to availability of funds, there”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2012(b) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2012(b) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 3 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-188, December 1, 1999, 46 DCR 10407).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 3 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-258, February 9, 2000, 47 DCR 1124).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 7011 of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 7011 of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).


§ 42–2503. Eligibility.

(a) An applicant shall be eligible for the Program if the applicant is:

(1) A District of Columbia government employee, an employee of a District of Columbia public charter school, a first-responder, or a person who has accepted an offer to be a District of Columbia public school teacher or public charter school teacher; and

(2) A first-time homebuyer in the District.

(b) No more than one member of a household shall be eligible for the Program.

(c) The Mayor shall not limit the eligibility of an applicant to participate in the Program based on the length of employment of the applicant or the length of time that the applicant has resided in the District of Columbia if the applicant is a District of Columbia police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, public school teacher, or a teacher at a District of Columbia public charter school; provided, that the Mayor may limit the eligibility of an applicant to receive a District of Columbia contribution toward a down payment based on the length of employment of the applicant with the District of Columbia or a District of Columbia public charter school or the length of time the applicant has resided in the District of Columbia. The Mayor shall not limit the eligibility of an applicant to participate in the Program based on the place of residence of the applicant at the time of his or her application. A rule, or a portion of a rule, inconsistent with this subsection shall be void.

(d) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit participation in subchapter I of Chapter 26 of this title.


(May 9, 2000, D.C. Law 13-96, § 4, 47 DCR 1081; Apr. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-236, § 2, 48 DCR 595; Apr. 24, 2004, D.C. Law 15-152, § 2, 50 DCR 9827; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 2012(c), 64 DCR 7652.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 42-2501.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-236 rewrote subsec. (a)(1) and added subsec. (c). Prior to amendment, subsec. (a)(1) read:

“(1) A District government employee; and”

D.C. Law 15-152, in subsecs. (a)(1) and (c), inserted “emergency medical technician,” after “firefighter,”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of Government Employer-Assisted Housing Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-196, Nov. 29, 2017, 64 DCR 12409).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2012(c) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2012(c) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 4 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-188, December 1, 1999, 46 DCR 10407).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 4 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-258, February 9, 2000, 47 DCR 1124).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of Government Employer-Assisted Housing Temporary Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Law 22-52, Jan. 27, 2018, 64 DCR 12551).

Editor's Notes

Section 3 of D.C. Law 13-236 provided: “The Mayor shall, pursuant to the District of Columbia Administrative Procedure Act, approved October 21, 1968 issue rules within 90 days of the effective date of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Program Teacher, Police Officer, and Firefighter Hiring Incentive Amendment Act of 2000 (’Act’) to implement the Act.”


§ 42–2504. Employee savings; District government contribution.

(a) Each Participant in the Program shall be required to save an agreed upon amount, as set forth in this section, which shall be applied toward the down payment and closing costs for the housing unit. Each Participant shall enter into an Agreement with the Department. The Agreement shall set forth the following items:

(1) The amount to be saved by the employee and the period of time during which the savings shall be accomplished;

(2) A provision for amendment or termination of the Agreement;

(3) A penalty for withdrawal of funds or termination of the Agreement prior to settlement of the loan;

(4) A procedure for refund to the District of the amount of matching funds contributed by the District on behalf of a Participant who has withdrawn from the Agreement, terminated the Agreement, or otherwise failed to purchase the housing unit;

(5) The matching funds to be contributed by the District;

(6) The requirement that the matching funds provided by the District shall be used only for the purchase of a housing unit that shall be the principal residence of the Participant; and

(7) Any other item that the Department deems necessary.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (b-1) of this section, for each Participant in the Program who sets aside $2,500 under an Agreement, the District shall obligate $1,000 in the financial management system. The District shall match succeeding Participant saving increments of $2,500 with a $1,000 obligation until the District obligation totals $5,000. Matching contributions by the District shall not exceed $5,000 for any individual Participant. The District shall disburse its cash contribution at the time of settlement.

(b-1) For each first-responder Participant in the Program who sets aside $2,500 under an Agreement, the District shall obligate $1,500 in the financial management system. The District shall match succeeding first-responder Participant saving increments of $2,500 with a $1,500 obligation until the District obligation totals $15,000. Matching contributions by the District shall not exceed $15,000 for any individual first-responder Participant. The District shall disburse its cash contribution at the time of settlement.

(c) The Mayor shall establish a procedure to allow a Participant in the Program to save the target amount of money listed in the Agreement through a system of payroll deduction.

(d) An applicant who has saved toward a down payment prior to entering the Program shall also be eligible for the matching contribution upon entering into an Agreement with the Department.


(May 9, 2000, D.C. Law 13-96, § 5, 47 DCR 1081; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 2012(d), 64 DCR 7652.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 42-2501, § 42-2505, and § 42-2506.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2012(d) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2012(d) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 5 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-188, December 1, 1999, 46 DCR 10407).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 5 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-258, February 9, 2000, 47 DCR 1124).


§ 42–2505. Deferred payment loan.

(a) In addition to the assistance provided in § 42-2504(b) or (b-1) and § 42-2505.01, the Department shall make available to each Participant a deferred loan of up to $20,000 to provide financial assistance for the purchase of a housing unit. The deferred payment loan shall be available only if the housing unit shall be the principal residence of the Participant.

(b) Payment of the principal may be deferred until the property is sold, transferred, or ceases to be the principal residence of the Participant.

(c) Deferred payment loans may be secured by a second deed of trust on the subject property.

(d) The deferred payment loan may be used in conjunction with the Home Purchase Assistance Program established by Chapter 26 of this title.

(e) The Department may charge interest on the loan if the housing unit is sold within 5 years.


(May 9, 2000, D.C. Law 13-96, § 6, 47 DCR 1081; Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-192, § 2012(a), 53 DCR 6899; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 2012(e), 64 DCR 7652.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 42-2506.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-192, in subsec. (d), substituted “may” for “may not”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2012(e) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2012(e) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 6 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-188, December 1, 1999, 46 DCR 10407).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 6 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-258, February 9, 2000, 47 DCR 1124).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2012(a) of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-477, August 8, 2006, 53 DCR 7068).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2012(a) of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-499, October 23, 2006, 53 DCR 8845).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2012(a) of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-1, January 16, 2007, 54 DCR 1165).

Short Title

Short title: Section 2011 of D.C. Law 16-192 provided that subtitle B of title II of the act may be cited as the “Government Employer-Assisted Housing Program Amendment Act of 2006”.


§ 42–2505.01. First-responder grant.

(a) In addition to the assistance provided in § 42-2504(b-1) and § 42-2505, the Department shall make available a grant of up to $10,000 to provide financial assistance for the purchase of a housing unit to each first-responder who is a Participant.

(b) In order to receive financial assistance for the purchase of a housing unit under this section, a first-responder Participant must agree to a 5-year service obligation, which shall begin at the date of settlement on the purchase of the housing unit, or, if the first-responder Participant is not yet a District employee on the date of settlement, on the first-responder's first day of employment with the District.

(c) The grant shall convert into a loan to be repaid by the Participant if:

(1) Within 5 years after the date of settlement on the purchase of the housing unit, the housing unit is sold, transferred, or ceases to be the principal residence of the first-responder Participant; or

(2) The first-responder Participant does not complete the 5-year service obligation required by subsection (b) of this section.


(May 9, 2000, D.C. Law 13-96, § 6a; as added Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 2012(f), 64 DCR 7652.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) creation of this section, see § 2012(f) of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017, effective October 24, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167; 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90-day) creation of this section, see § 2012(f) of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017, effective July 20, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104; 64 DCR 7032).


§ 42–2506. Assistance available for District government and public charter school employees.

(a) In addition to the assistance provided in §§ 42-2504 and 42-2505, a District of Columbia government employee, an employee of a District of Columbia public charter school, or a person who has accepted an offer to be a District of Columbia police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, public school teacher, or a teacher at a District of Columbia public charter school who is a first-time homebuyer in the District shall be eligible for the following assistance, subject to annual available appropriations:

(1) A sliding-scale property tax credit as follows:

(A) An 80% property tax credit for the first year;

(B) A 60% property tax credit for the second year;

(C) A 40% property tax credit for the third year;

(D) A 20% property tax credit for the fourth year; and

(E) A 20% property tax credit for the fifth year.

(2) A $2,000 income tax credit in the tax year the District of Columbia government employee, employee of a District of Columbia public charter school, or person who has accepted an offer to be a District of Columbia police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, public school teacher, or teacher at a District of Columbia public charter school purchases the housing unit and each of the 4 immediately succeeding tax years; provided, that the District of Columbia government employee, employee of a District of Columbia public charter school, or person who has accepted an offer to be a District of Columbia police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, public school teacher, or teacher at a District of Columbia public charter school remains eligible for the tax credit. The credit shall not be prorated and any portion of the credit that is not utilized in a tax year shall not be carried forward, carried back, or refunded to the District of Columbia government employee, employee of a District of Columbia public charter school, or person who has accepted an offer to be a District of Columbia police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, public school teacher, or teacher at a District of Columbia public charter school.

(b) Any real property owner eligible to receive a real property tax credit under this section shall receive the tax credit as of the next half of the real property tax year following the date the real property owner applied for the credit. The real property owner shall continue to receive the real property tax credit for each succeeding 9 halves of the real property tax year; provided, that the real property owner remains eligible to receive the tax credit.

(c) This section shall not apply to a home purchase with a closing date of after March 30, 2015.


(May 9, 2000, D.C. Law 13-96, § 7, 47 DCR 1081; Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-192, § 2012(b), 53 DCR 6899; Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-111, § 7038(a), 57 DCR 181; Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 7013, 61 DCR 9990; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 7032, 62 DCR 10905.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-192, in the section heading, substituted “District government and public charter school employees” for “Metropolitan police officers”; rewrote the lead-in language of subsec. (a), which had previously read: “In addition to the assistance provided in §§ 42-2504 and 42-2505, Metropolitan police officers who are first-time homebuyers in the District shall be eligible for the following assistance:”; and rewrote subsec. (a)(2), which had previously read:

“(2) A $2,000 income tax credit in the tax year the officer purchases the housing unit and each of the 4 immediately succeeding tax years; provided, that the officer remains eligible for the tax credit. The credit shall not be prorated and any portion of the credit that is not utilized in a tax year shall not be carried forward, carried back, or refunded to the officer.”

D.C. Law 18-111 added “subject to annual available appropriations” at the end of the introductory paragraph of (a).

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-155 added (c).

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 rewrote (c).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 7 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-188, December 1, 1999, 46 DCR 10407).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 7 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-258, February 9, 2000, 47 DCR 1124).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2012(b) of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-477, August 8, 2006, 53 DCR 7068).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2012(b) of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-499, October 23, 2006, 53 DCR 8845).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2012(b) of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-1, January 16, 2007, 54 DCR 1165).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 7038 of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 7038 of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 7023 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 7013 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 7013 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 7015 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Editor's Notes

Section 7038(b) of D.C. Law 18-111 provided that this section shall apply as of October 1, 2009.


§ 42–2507. Rules.

(a) The Mayor shall, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, issue rules within 90 days after the effective date of this chapter to implement the provisions of this chapter.

(b) The rules shall include the following:

(1) An application procedure for the Program;

(2) A standard for eligibility and selection of applicants; and

(3) The conditions under which the deferred payment loan may be granted.

(c) The proposed rules shall be submitted to the Council for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed rules, in whole or in part, by resolution within this 45-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved. Nothing in this section shall affect any requirements imposed upon the Mayor by subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2.


(May 9, 2000, D.C. Law 13-96, § 8, 47 DCR 1081.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 8 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-188, December 1, 1999, 46 DCR 10407).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 8 of the Government Employer-Assisted Housing Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-258, February 9, 2000, 47 DCR 1124).

Resolutions

Resolution 14-578, the “Government Employer-Assisted Housing Program Teacher, Police Officer, and Firefighter Hiring Incentive Regulations Approval Resolution of 2002”, was approved effective October 18, 2002.