Housing Programs

Here at DC Habitat, our goal is to eliminate substandard housing in Washington because we believe that everyone deserves a safe, decent, affordable place to live. We’re working toward that mission by providing affordable homeownership opportunities, affordable home repairs, and post-purchase homeowner education to local families. Scroll down to learn more about our programs, how you can qualify and apply, and view other local housing resources.

If you have are interested or have questions, please contact Mandy Jansen at mandy.jansen@dchabitat.org. 

There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.
Rosalynn Carter


Habitat for Humanity provides a unique opportunity for families to build and buy their own homes. Our houses are sold below market value to families who qualify for a monthly housing payment that is no more than 30% of their monthly income. We work closely with our partner families to provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to become successful homeowners and we’re with them every step of the way to offer support and guidance. To become a homeowner, applicants must meet income and credit requirements, have a manageable level of debt, and be willing to complete up to 300 hours of sweat equity helping to build their home alongside our construction team and volunteers.

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Home Repairs

Our Home Repair Program is addressing DC’s affordable housing crisis by partnering with low-income homeowners to help them make critical repairs to their homes. By helping families who cannot afford these repairs, we’re making their houses safe, healthy, and reducing their energy costs, so they can continue to live–and thrive–in their own homes. When we help people to stay in the homes they’ve lived and grown up in, we’re also freeing up the already limited supply of affordable housing in DC for other families in need of quality housing.

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DC Habitat homes in DC's Deanwood neighborhood

Why Buy a Home

There are plenty of great reasons to buy a home: stability, financial security, health, and more. Homeowners are more active in their communities, their children perform better in school, and they’re in a better position to build wealth and thrive. Take a look at how homeowners fare better than renters (especially when their home is affordable).

Benefits of Homeownership
Families at a Homeowner Education Class

Post-Purchase Homeowner Education

First-time homeowner can face many challenges during the first few years in their new home, but with the right resources and education, they can surmount these obstacles successfully. We’re arming DC homeowners with the tools and knowledge they need to navigate all the ups and downs of homeownership. Our Home$mart post-purchase classes help new homeowners tackle the challenges that can arise in the first few years of homeownership and beyond.

Learn the skills to thrive as a homeowner
DC Habitat Home Welcome Mat

Other Housing Resources

DC Habitat provides affordable homeownership opportunities and affordable home repairs to families living in Washington, D.C. Our program might not be the right fit for every individual or family, so we've put together a list of other resources for local families that includes other homeownership opportunities, housing counseling agencies, affordable rentals, transitional housing, and rental assistance.

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