Are you interested in homeownership or are you currently a homeowner struggling with your mortage? I am pleased to announce two homeownership programs that residents should take advantage of: the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) and the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF).
The Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF)
On September 30th, the District’s Foreclosure Moratorium will end, but homeowners who have struggled to keep up with mortgage and bill payments can get protection from foreclosure if they have applied to HAF by the deadline.
Through HAF, eligible homeowners can apply for grant funding to cover mortgage payments and other property or housing expenses, including utilities, insurance, internet assistance, and housing association fees. When the foreclosure moratorium ends in September, foreclosure proceedings may resume unless homeowners have an existing financial assistance application under review, pending approval, pending payment, or under appeal by the HAF program. More information, including eligibility requirements, can be found at haf.dc.gov ([link removed]) .
The Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP):
On October 1st, the maximum down payment assistance that residents can receive through HPAP will increase from $80,000 to $202,000 (see chart below).
For residents who are looking to become homeowners, HPAP provides interest-free loans and closing cost assistance to qualified applicants to purchase single family houses, condominiums, or cooperative units in the District. The HPAP down payment assistance, eligible homebuyers may also be eligible for $4,000 in closing cost assistance. Residents can find more information about HPAP, including how much assistance they qualify for and how to start the HPAP process, at dhcd.dc.gov ([link removed]) .
I have been a longtime advocate of homeownership. I encourage residents to take advantage of these amazing programs that will help new buyers reach their homebuying goals.
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DCRA Will Seperate Into Two Agencies:
The Department of Buildings (DOB) and
The Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP)
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Dear DCRA Customers,
Since 1983, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has protected the health, safety, economic interests and quality of life of residents, businesses and visitors in the District of Columbia by ensuring code compliance and regulating businesses. DCRA will continue to serve the District through September 30, 2022; however, with you, we will embark on a new journey that begins on October 1, 2022, providing our core services separately as the District’s two newest agencies – the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP).
At the end of July, we held a virtual public forum where I discussed our agency's transition and the path ahead in greater detail. Additionally, I also shared our transition-focused customer-facing website, DCRATransition.dc.gov ([link removed]) , to keep you informed. I encourage you to visit the website for further information including detailed information regarding
the agencies' missions, divisions, and responsibilities. Furthermore, our staff has curated a useful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section that addresses many of the questions that have been raised to us regarding the path forward.
The Deadline Is Approaching!
Councilmember Trayon White and the DC Community Development Consortium (DCCDC) announced the Ward 8 Community Investment Fund (W8CIF) that will provide grants and loan funding support for Ward 8 aspiring entrepreneurs, small businesses, and visionaries.
The grant-supported loan program is available only to Ward 8 residents and business owners. Award categories are separated into three tiers:
Explorer - $5,000 Award
$2,500 Grant | $2,500 Loan
The Explorer tier is for aspiring entrepreneurs who need funds to explore a business idea. Explorers may still be in the research phase and need funds to further that research to finalize the product, service, or business. Explorer applicants are required to submit a pitch deck with the application.
Start-Up - $10,000 Award
$5,000 Grant | $5,000 Loan
The Start-Up tier is for aspiring or current entrepreneurs who have completed the research phase and have a plan for a new business, service, or product ready for launch. Start-Up funding supports entrepreneurs with launching their business or taking their new product/service to market. Start-Up applicants are required to submit an Executive Summary with the application.
In-Business - $20,000 Award
$10,000 Grant | $10,000 Loan
The In-Business tier is for established business owners with a minimum of 1 year in operation, either as a sole proprietorship or other legal business entity. In-Business applicants should be seeking funding to enhance operations and build capacity. In-Business applicants are required to submit an implementation plan, 1 year Profit & Loss statement, and 3 months of recent bank statements.
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For details on the Ward 8 Community Investment Fund's Grant-Secured Loan program, please review the Information Packet HERE ([link removed]) .
Apply for the Ward 8 Community Investment Fund Grant Secured Loan. Applications are due September 7, 2022.
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Saturday, August 27, 2022
DC Prep Kicks Off Back To School At The "Barbara Jones Amphitheater"
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Bald Eagle Recreation Centers Opens Reading Room.
September 1, 2022
It was a great day for our community and recreation centers. As the Chairman of the Committee on Recreation, Libraries, and Youth Affairs, which oversees DPR, Councilmember Trayon White celebrated the opening of a new reading room at Bald Eagle Recreation Center sponsored by The Children's Place.
The new reading room at Bald Eagle Recreation Center will provide additional programming to Bellevue and the Ward 8 community.
Reading is vital to the development and education of all people, especially children. Children who read at least 20 minutes a day are exposed to almost 2 million words per year and are likely to score better than 90% of their peers on standardized tests.
Thank you to The Children's Place, Bald Eagle, and the Department
of Parks and Recreation for this program.
Meet Jules Jessie
Julia "Jules" Jessie is a journalism school graduate from Norfolk State University. She began her media career upon graduation and spent the next few years in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, as a media and marketing consultant for global heavyweight brands like Heineken, Coca-Cola, Etisalat, and Moet-Hennessy.
Jules has only grown since her days in East Africa. She currently serves as the Communications Director for Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. In this role, she is focused on keeping residents informed and bridging the gap between the city's plans and the actions it takes to get things done.
As a strong advocate for social justice issues, Jules uses her weekly podcast, "Clap Back Culture," to amplify issues facing the black community. On her podcast, she breaks down newsworthy content and trending topics that are culturally relevant to the black community.
We asked Jules a few questions so you can get to know her.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Authentic Mexican street tacos.
Q: What do you love most about Ward 8?
A: The culture, the fashion, the accent and the love. I am a native of Seattle, Washington, but have lived in DC for the last 10 years. I love this city like it's my own and fully immersed myself in its unique culture.
Q: What motivates you at work?
A: It is important to me that the community is able to understand the goals, objectives and the vision that Councilmember White sets. I do my best to create content that is easily understood and enjoyable by anyone in our city.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
A: Both, depending on the situation.
Q: What’s something you’re proud of?
A: I am proud of all the challenges I have overcome to get to this point in my life.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In the next five years, I see myself navigating upward in DC government, operating my community-based business and having more children.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A Veternarian.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents?
A: No hidden talents - I wish I had one.
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