Applicant Instructions

Please follow the two steps below to begin the home buyer application process:

  1. Locate a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved counseling agency by visiting and click on the "Resources" tab or call 202-708-1112 (TTY 202-708-1455) if you do not have computer access.
  2. Select a lender from the Participating Lenders List and contact them directly.

The lender will explain the program and pre-qualify you based on the First Time Home Buyer Program guidelines to determine if you are eligible to participate. As part of the pre-approval process, the lender will review your eligibility for down payment assistance as well. The lender will advise you of the availability of down payment assistance.

Disclaimer: The Housing Finance and Community Redevelopment Division is not responsible for the borrower's selection of lender, financing terms, actions or decisions made by lenders. Lender decisions are final.