UrbanTurf Reader Asks: What is HPAP’s Definition of Livable?

by Mark Wellborn


In this installment of UrbanTurf Reader Asks, a reader inquires about what is meant by a “livable” home by HPAP standards. HPAP is the DC initiative that gives up to $40,000 in financial assistance to low and moderate-income individuals to purchase single-family homes, condominiums and apartments. We wrote a piece back in March about a young man who purchased a home using HPAP, and he noted that the program goes to great lengths to make sure that you aren’t “walking into a house that is falling apart or one that you don’t know how to repair.” Here is our reader’s question:

When you purchase a home under HPAP guidelines, my only understanding is that it be “livable.” In pragmatic terms, what is and isn’t considered “livable” by the program’s standards?

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  1. Donny said at 2:47 pm on Tuesday September 29, 2009:

    When I went to a meeting on HPAP, it was hammered home that they do not want you moving into a home that you can’t handle the repairs on. A fixer-upper is one thing, but if there are structural issues, it is not going to pass muster with them.

  1. Sarah said at 6:45 pm on Tuesday September 29, 2009:

    Donny is right. HPAP is fairly strict when it comes to the state of the home that you are buying. Don’t expect to be able to just buy a home that needs a lot of work. They want to make sure you also know how to do the work.

  1. Cliff said at 12:31 pm on Wednesday September 30, 2009:

    I’ve done several inspections for HPAP participants. They require that I complete several forms in addition to the inspection report that I write at the end. They are very explicit in directing inspectors to document any systems (electrical, plumbing, HVAC) problems and it’s clear that it can be a deal breaker. Generally speaking, it sounds like a good idea.

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