The District of Columbia Housing Authority’s (DCHA) is expanding our commitment to support public housing residents in achieving self-sufficiency through a new program titled Achieving Your Best Life (AYBL).

What is AYBL?
AYBL is a homeownership preparation program for eligible public housing residents Participating residents will live at the newly renovated Elvans Court for up to five years. DCHA will provide support and training so that residents can work to prepare for the responsibilities of homeownership and secure a mortgage.

During a family’s time in the program they will:

  • save for a down payment on a home;
  • work to increase their income;
  • work to improve credit (if necessary); and
  • learn about home maintenance.

Each AYBL participant will work directly with a case manager to develop an individualized plan to reach homeownership. Participating families that successfully complete AYBL will move out of public housing into their own home.

Who is eligible?
You are eligibile to apply for the AYBL program if you:

  • Have been a DCHA public housing resident for at least one year;
  • Meet bedroom size requirement for available units at Elvans Court;
  • Have a combined earned income of at least $35,000 (head of household/co-leasee/spouse/ domestic partner). Exceptions apply for seniors or people with disabilities; and
  • Are a resident in good standing.

In addition, you must be prepared to make a commitment to yourself and your family to put in the time and effort necessary to become a homeowner.

What Happens if I am Unable to Purchase a Home?
Families who do not achieve homeownership will not lose their public housing assistance as long as the family remains compliant with their lease. Instead, the family will be transferred from Elvans Court to another public housing site so that another eligible family has an opportunity to participate in AYBL.

How do I apply?
Applications are available:

DCHA will be holding an information meeting with residents in April. Let us know if you would like to attend by calling 202-535-1856.

Last modified: 3/11/2015 1:23:23 PM