1. Learn about this resource. 

Applicants can enter a lottery for reduced-price units based on their household’s income. DC Government requires that 8-10% of units in most new or renovated apartment buildings are rented at a reduced price.

This program is called the Inclusionary Zoning Program (IZ) and is offered by the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The program also offers affordable prices units for sale.

2. Check if you are eligible.

You are eligible if all of these statements are true:

  • If you are a full-time college or university student, you must also be a dependent of someone whose household meets the household income requirements.

  • Your household’s yearly gross income—your income before paying taxes—is between the minimum and maximum limits for your household size. However, there is no minimum income requirement if you receive rental assistance, such as a rent voucher or subsidy. Check below.

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3. Apply.

  1. Sign up for and complete an IZ Orientation class (IZO).
  2. Register for IZ lottery announcement emails. You’ll need your IZ orientation class certificate to register. You’ll receive an email confirming you’ve been added to the list.
You can apply at any time.

4. Gather more information.

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We roast it when you order! We rest it for 5 days if you order it ground! "whole bean ships next day."

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This page was last updated February 2021.

You do not need to be a DC resident or work in DC to apply. However, the program must prioritize households that live or work in DC due to regulations.