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1. Learn about this resource. 

DC Government employees in Collective Bargaining Units 1 and 2 can receive down payment and closing cost assistance to buy a single family home, condominium, or cooperative unit in the District. You would receive assistance as a grant—funds you don’t have to pay back. The amount depends on how long you’ve been in your collective bargaining unit and range from $3,000 to $20,000.


This program is called the Negotiated Employee Affordable Home Purchase (NEAHP) program and is offered by the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining.   

2. Check if you are eligible.

You are eligible if all of these statements are true:

  • You are currently a full-time DC Government employee in one of the following bargaining units:

    • District of Columbia Compensation Units 1 & 2 at various agencies

    • The Department of Behavioral Health and the employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 2095 and the American Federation of Government Employees Local 383

    • The Department of Behavioral Health and the Service Employees International Union 1199

    • The Department of Behavioral Health and the District of Columbia Nurses Association

    • The Department of General Services and Teamsters 639/730

    • The Office of the State Superintendent for Education and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 1959

    • DC Public Schools and Teamsters 639/730

  • You have been a DC Government employee for at least one year.

  • You are in good standing with your employer. This means there were no disciplinary actions filed against you in the past three years.

  • You have not owned a home in DC in the past three years. 


You do not need to be a current DC resident to apply for the program.

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This page was last updated January 2023.

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