Washington, D.C.

District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency

To advance the District of Columbia’s housing priorities, the agency invests in affordable housing and neighborhood development, which provides pathways for DC residents to transform their lives.

Relationship to the State Government: Instrumentality of D.C. Government

Current Staff Size: 45

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DCHFA is established



DCHFA financed its first affordable multifamily housing group of developments



the first Housing Finance Agencies to be approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its Risk Sharing Program



Issued more than $76 million in bonds to help rehabilitate and modernize 6,858 public housing units



Reached $1 billion mark in multifamily affordable housing finance



DC Open Doors celebrated funding $200 million in mortgage loans, and launched its Mortgage Credit Certificate Program.


Total Financing Provided


Renters Served Since 1979


Homeowners Served Since 2013

Signature Program

Housing Investment Platform

HIP is a single family investment program designed to create more affordable housing throughout the District. DCHFA partners with developers to provide affordability in exchange for a lower preferred return hurdle, to produce for sale home for people in the 60-120% median income range.

New Homeowners Created (+ 100 new homes in the pipeline): 32

Future Focus


Christopher E. Donald

Executive Director & CEO

“Our Agency will continue to focus on social justice and economic justice through the production of healthy, affordable and beautiful housing utilizing the provision of the most efficient capital in the marketplace. We believe that all people should be housed with dignity and with our partners both public and private, this is possible!”

Success Stories
Elisabete Gaffney
HPAP & DC Open Doors


Washington, D.C. Homeowner

Elisabete Gaffney was able to receive great interest rates without being in the top tier of credit scores. “Through DC Open Doors and HPAP, I was able to receive the maximum allowed $80,000 plus $4,000 for the closing cost and a really good interest rate that is really hard to get,” said Gaffney. 

“I was able to buy a single-family home, 962 square-feet with 5,000 square-feet of land because of these programs,” said Gaffney who purchased her home in 2018.

Folashade Oladipe


Washington, D.C. Homeowner

Folashade Oladipo used the DC4ME program to purchase her Ward 4 home in 2020. DC4ME helped Oladipo, an employee of the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development, achieve her goal of homeownership sooner than she thought possible. “DC4ME made it possible for me to purchase my dream home on a budget!” she said.

Sakira Cook
HIP & DC Open Doors


Washington, D.C. Homeowner

Sakira Cook was able to purchase her home with the help of DCHFA’s Housing Investment Platform (HIP) and DC Open Doors. Cynthia Townhomes is the second project under HIP, and it consists of 15 townhomes in Ward 7’s Marshall Heights neighborhood. Through DC Open Doors, aspiring homebuyers can get the down payment assistance they need to purchase a home.

The Agency’s staff photographed in 1992
Celebrating 40 years of serving District residents in 2019
Elvans Road Townhomes- the first HIP project
Livingston Place at Southern Ave- Ward 8’s first assisted living community