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The Negotiated Employee Assistance Home Purchase Program

The parties jointly developed and implemented the Negotiated Employee Assistance Home Purchase Program (NEAHP). As a matter of information, in keeping with the District’s residency preference law, this provision required a Labor and Management Housing Committee (Housing Committee) to develop an affordable housing program to facilitate, educate, encourage and provide financial incentives to eligible employees to be used toward the purchase of a primary residence in the District of Columbia.  Financial assistance provided through NEAHP is in addition to that offered by the Department of Housing and Community Development and any other community and/or government organization. The Program is administered in partnership with the OLRCB, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Greater Washington Urban League. Distribution of NEAHP funds to eligible employees began in the FY 2010.  

In Fiscal Year 2012, 112 applicants applied to the program, with 102 of those applications submitted by District employees living in the District at the time of application and 10 living in Maryland. Twenty (20) employees purchased homes in FY 2012 using NEAHP funds. A total of $150,000 was distributed with the average distribution being $7,500.00 and the maximum being $20,000. Of the 20 homes purchased in FY 2012, 14 were purchased in Ward 7; 2 in Ward 4; 2 in Ward 8 and 2 in Ward 5. A total of 58 homes have been purchased by DC government employees using NEAHP funds since inception of the program.