HCS WORKSHOPS going online
To help with Covid 19 (Corona virus) containment efforts and to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff, HCS has begun making its workshops available online as webinars. We are gradually making them available for registration. Please check this site regularly for updates.
Inclusionary Zoning Program Participants – Please note: The 2-hour Pre-Purchase Orientations listed below do not by themselves meet the requirements of the DC Inclusionary Zoning Program for home buyers.
Individuals who wish to participate in the Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program should register through the DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Inclusionary Zoning web page at DHCD.DC.ORG. In order to register you will first need to determine if you are applying for IZ rental or IZ homeownership and participate in the required training.
* IZ RENTAL UNITS: In order to be registered for IZ RENTAL properties you must provide proof that you participated in an Inclusionary Zoning Orientation (IZO).
* IZ PURCHASE UNITS: If you wish to register to PURCHASE an IZ property, DHCD requires that you provide verification that you have attended an Inclusionary Zoning Orientation (IZO) AND that you graduated from an 8-hour Home Buyer Education Course by a DHCD approved community based organization.
To participate in an Inclusionary Zoning Orientation (IZO) conducted by HCS: please sign up on this website or by calling 202-667-7606 to reserve a seat in an open IZO. Please bring a government issued picture ID. Seats are limited and walk-ins are accepted only when seats become available.
To participate in the 8-hour Home Buyer Education Course conducted by HCS: you must have completed one of the two requirements below BEFORE you can reserve a seat with us for the 8-hour Home Buyer Education Course:
- You either have applied for DHCD’s Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) and have received your HPAP Notification of Eligibility (NOE). NOTE: If you have not yet applied for HPAP but intend to use HPAP funds to purchase a home, you should start this process BEFORE moving forward on IZ.
- You have a pre-qualification letter from a lender that is less than 60 days old and that provides you with a loan qualification that meets the minimum purchase price of an IZ unit based on your household size and income (Click Here for most recent IZ purchase price schedule).
In order to move forward in applying for HPAP or preparing for a pre-qualification letter from a private lender, we suggest that you start by attending an HCS Pre-Purchase Orientation (PPO). At the PPO we will explain how to determine if you are ready to buy, how to begin the purchase process and how to apply for HPAP. You may register to attend a PPO on this website or by calling the HCS Training Department at 202-667-7606.
If you have questions or if you want to reserve a seat for the IZO, PPO or the 8-hour Home Buyer Education Course, please call the HCS Training Department at 202-667-7606.
[Please Note: the process for registering for the IZO, PPO and 8-hour Home Buyer Education Course may differ at each DHCD approved Community Based Organization (CBO). The process described here is for those people working with Housing Counseling Services, which is a DHCD approved CBO. You may reach out to the other DHCD approved CBOs to learn their process for scheduling the required training classes.]
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Learn how to protect and improve your credit and review your credit report with a housing counselor. HCS provides free credit counseling but there is a nominal charge if we pull your credit report. Ask about pricing when you register. Registration is required, call 202-667-7606.
The 1st Monday of the month at 2:30 pm and
and the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:30 pm
Where: Housing Counseling Services
2410 17th Street, NW Suite 100, Adams Alley
Washington, DC 20009