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:

  1. 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.

 Or

  1. 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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The Student Loan Management Webinar presented by the Student Loan Ombudsman of the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) will provide you with helpful tips on how to manage your student loan debt so you are able to make well informed financial decisions to benefit you now and in the future.

Foreclosure Prevention webinars are held every Wednesday. HCS is no longer holding in-person clinics. Our webinars include a presentation on vital information that every homeowner in danger of foreclosure should know and new programs intended to assist people impacted by COVID-19. Participants are then encouraged to schedule a one-on-one telephone appointment to speak individually with a counselor who will address their specific situations. Some appointments are available on the same day. Please be sure to have ready access to all related documents. For a list of required documents see our Document Check List at the “Download Center“ on this website.

The Rental Housing Search webinar provides helpful information to individuals and families searching for rental housing in Washington DC. Topics include resources for locating housing in Washington, D.C., how to best present yourself to a landlord during the rental application process, determining how much you can afford to pay in rent, financial assistance, and subsidized housing for renters in Washington, D.C. Please note that HCS does NOT place participants in housing and does NOT have housing units to rent.

The Rental Housing Search webinar provides helpful information to individuals and families searching for rental housing in Washington DC. Topics include resources for locating housing in Washington, D.C., how to best present yourself to a landlord during the rental application process, determining how much you can afford to pay in rent, financial assistance, and subsidized housing for renters in Washington, D.C. Please note that HCS does NOT place participants in housing and does NOT have housing units to rent.

INCLUSIONARY ZONING ORIENTATION (IZO)

Click the following link to download the PowerPoint slides to be discussed at the orientation:

http://bit.do/hcs-izo

Individuals who wish to participate in the Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program lottery 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 for the lottery 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 (CBO).

INCLUSIONARY ZONING ORIENTATION (IZO)

Click the following link to download the PowerPoint slides to be discussed at the orientation:

http://bit.do/hcs-izo

Individuals who wish to participate in the Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program lottery 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 for the lottery 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 (CBO).

SPANISH INCLUSIONARY ZONING ORIENTATION (IZO)

Click the following link to download the PowerPoint slides to be discussed at the orientation:

http://bit.do/hcs-izo

Individuals who wish to participate in the Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program lottery 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 for the lottery 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 (CBO).

INCLUSIONARY ZONING ORIENTATION (IZO)

Click the following link to download the PowerPoint slides to be discussed at the orientation:

http://bit.do/hcs-izo

Individuals who wish to participate in the Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program lottery 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 for the lottery 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 (CBO).

This is a free money management and financial literacy webinar on budgeting and credit to help participants achieve their financial goals (including eventual home purchase). Topics include analyzing your finances and working with a budget, understanding and improving your credit, predatory lending and identity theft.

Presented in Amharic, this is a free money management and financial literacy workshop on budgeting and credit to help participants achieve their financial goals (including eventual home purchase). Topics include analyzing your finances and working with a budget, understanding and improving your credit, predatory lending and identity theft.

This is a free money management and financial literacy workshop on budgeting and credit to help participants achieve their financial goals (including eventual home purchase). Topics include analyzing your finances and working with a budget, understanding and improving your credit, predatory lending and identity theft.

[Please note: Attending the 2-hour Pre-Purchase Orientation described below will not qualify you to be registered as a potential buyer with the DC Inclusionary Zoning Program for home buyers. If that is your goal then you should call 202-667-7606 to register for the 8-hour Home Buyer Course.] 

Click the following link to download the information packet discussed at the orientation: http://bit.do/hcsppo

The Pre-Purchase Orientation is a 2-hour introductory webinar to educate home buyers on topics critical to purchasing a home, including; determining whether you are ready to buy and preparing for home purchase (considering your income, debt, credit, savings, and other factors), an overview of the home purchase process, understanding home loans, home purchase programs (including HPAP and EAHP), tax relief for home buyers, the Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) and Affordable Dwelling Unit programs, predatory lending and housing discrimination. People who determine that they are ready to apply for the HPAP and/or EAHP program will receive specific instructions on how to submit an application either independently or with the help of a counselor. Clients who would like help dealing with credit or financial obstacles to home purchase are encouraged to schedule a Money/Credit or Pre-Purchase counseling session before applying for financing.

This session will be conducted in Spanish.

[Please note: Attending the 2-hour Pre-Purchase Orientation described below will not qualify you to be registered as a potential buyer with the DC Inclusionary Zoning Program for home buyers. If that is your goal then you should call 202-667-7606 to register for the 8-hour Home Buyer Course.] 

Click the following link to download the information packet discussed at the orientation: http://bit.do/hcsppo

The Pre-Purchase Orientation is a 2-hour introductory workshop to educate home buyers on topics critical to purchasing a home, including; determining whether you are ready to buy and preparing for home purchase (considering your income, debt, credit, savings, and other factors), an overview of the home purchase process, understanding home loans, home purchase programs (including HPAP and EAHP), tax relief for home buyers, the Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) and Affordable Dwelling Unit programs, predatory lending and housing discrimination. People who determine that they are ready to apply for the HPAP and/or EAHP program will receive specific instructions on how to submit an application either independently or with the help of a counselor. Clients who would like help dealing with credit or financial obstacles to home purchase are encouraged to schedule a Money/Credit or Pre-Purchase counseling session before applying for financing.

[Please note: Attending the 2-hour Pre-Purchase Orientation described below will not qualify you to be registered as a potential buyer with the DC Inclusionary Zoning Program for home buyers. If that is your goal then you should call 202-667-7606 to register for the 8-hour Home Buyer Course.] 

Click the following link to download the information packet discussed at the orientation: http://bit.do/hcsppo

A webinar to educate home buyers on topics critical to purchasing a home, including; determining whether you are ready to buy and preparing for home purchase (considering your income, debt, credit, savings, and other factors), an overview of the home purchase process, understanding home loans, home purchase programs (including HPAP and EAHP), tax relief for home buyers, the Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) and Affordable Dwelling Unit programs, predatory lending and housing discrimination. People who determine that they are ready to apply for the HPAP and/or EAHP program will receive specific instructions on how to submit an application either independently or with the help of a counselor. Clients who would like help dealing with credit or financial obstacles to home purchase are encouraged to schedule a Money/Credit or Pre-Purchase counseling session before applying for financing.

Do you want to learn about reverse mortgages without hearing the hard sales pitch? This workshop is conducted by a HUD approved reverse mortgage (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage) counselor who will tell you the pros and cons of a reverse mortgage. The workshop is free and open to residents of DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Already have a reverse mortgage (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage) or know someone who does? This workshop will help to reacquaint you with the details of how a reverse mortgage affects your finances and your loved ones.

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provides grants and loans, not to exceed a total of $75,000, to help DC homeowners finance home repairs that will correct building code violations, remove barriers to accessibility for persons with physical impairments, and remove threats to health and safety in their homes including roof repairs and lead-based paint hazards. Learn how to apply and about the SFRRP process at this free webinar.

A webinar to educate renters about their legal rights, responsibilities under Washington, D.C. law and government responses to COVID-19. Topics include emergency rental assistance programs; how to get repairs made in your unit; the status of evictions and eviction process; rent control; what to do if your building is being sold, converted to condos, or foreclosed; lead safety hazards; obeying your lease and keeping records; and fair housing laws.

A webinar presented in Spanish to educate renters about their legal rights, responsibilities under Washington, D.C. law and government responses to COVID-19 including rent relief. Topics include emergency rental assistance programs; how to get repairs made in your unit; the status of evictions and eviction process; rent control; what to do if your building is being sold, converted to condos, or foreclosed; lead safety hazards; obeying your lease and keeping records; and fair housing laws.

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.

When:

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


Adams Morgan Office
Housing Counseling Services, Inc.
2410 17th St., NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20009

Housing Empowerment Center at Antioch Baptist Church of Deanwood
1105 50th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20019